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indori poha recipe

khatta meetha (tangy and sweet) poha from indore. a popular indori street food. 

3.34 from 3 votes
total time:
15minutes

indori poha recipe with step by step pics. one of the popular street food snacks from indore is poha with jalebi. the poha which is made in indore is very different than the maharashtrian onion poha. in indori poha onions are not sautéed but added as a topping on the poha. along with onions some more ingredients are added as toppings. the taste of indori poha is khatta meetha meaning sweet and sour. fennel seeds are also added which give the poha a floral aroma and sweetish tones.

indori poha recipe

making indori poha is very easy. but do you need to have some ingredients to get the authentic taste – like jeeravan masala, masala boondi (nukti) and indori sev or ratlami sev.

jeeravan masala is spicy masala. it has a different taste altogether and cannot be compared to chaat masala or garam masala. i brought jeeravan masala online and used in the recipe. jeeravan masala can also be used for other snacks like dahi vada or punjabi samosa or batata vada or fruit salad or kachori or sandwiches or upma or potato chips or sprouts salad.

from a long time i wanted to try indori poha. i had the recipe method in my notes. i also checked a couple of youtube videos here and here. later using my own approximation (andaaz) for the ingredients i made the recipe. it was a big hit at my place and thereafter i made the indori poha recipe again a few times. another famous street food recipe from indore which i have shared is this bhutte ka kees.

indore poha recipe

indori poha has a sweet, sour and spicy taste. the textures in this dish also ranges from soft to crispy to crunchy. so in one plate you get many tastes, flavors and textures. you can also check these other poha versions like:

just as the combination of indori poha with jalebi is a popular street food in indore. in the same way fafda and jalebi combo is popular in gujarat.

if you are looking for more snacks recipes then do check:

indori poha recipe

3.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:15 mins
khatta meetha (tangy and sweet) poha from indore. a popular indori street food. 
indori poha recipe
Course:breakfasts, snacks
Cuisine:indian street food, indore
Servings:3
Author:dassana

INGREDIENTS FOR indori poha recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for mixing

  • 2 cups thick poha
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar or add as per taste
  • salt as required

other ingredients for indori poha

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup indori sev or add as required
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • jeeravan masala as required
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils - optional
  • ¼ cup masala boondi (nukti)

HOW TO MAKE indori poha recipe

preparation for indori poha recipe

  • first get all the ingredients ready for indori poha. 
  • jeeravan masala is one of the special ingredient masala that is added in indori poha.
  • if you do not have jeeravan masala then mix ¼ teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, 1 pinch black salt and 1 to 2 pinches of ginger powder. use this spice mix instead of jeeravan masala.

rinsing poha

  • take 2 cups thick poha in a colander or strainer.
  • begin to rinse the poha in clean running water twice or thrice. 
  • gently mix and swirl with your hands while rinsing poha. make sure that you do not rinse it too much or else it breaks and gets mushy. while rinsing, the poha absorbs enough water and it becomes soft.
  • drain the water. the poha must become soft but remain intact, whole and separate. if the poha does not become soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer till they get softened.
  • take the poha in a mixing bowl.
  • sprinkle turmeric powder, 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar and salt as required in the poha. you can add less or more sugar as per your taste preferences.
  • just lightly mix with a spoon or with clean hands.

making indori poha

  • heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy kadai or pan. keep flame to low or medium-low and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • then add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds. let the fennel seeds splutter.
  • add 1 green chili (chopped). stir and sauté for a few seconds.
  • keep flame to low and add the poha.
  • gently mix poha with the tempered ingredients till the color of poha changes to light yellow. 
  • cover kadai or pan with lid and on a low flame steam poha for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • after 1 to 2 minutes remove the lid and stir again. switch off the flame.
  • now take the hot poha in a plate.
  • top with some chopped onions and chopped coriander leaves.
  • sprinkle jeeravan masala on top. you can add 1 to 2 pinches of jeeravan masala or more. jeeravan masala is spicy so add accordingly depending upon how much spicy food you like.
  • add pomegranate arils.
  • top with masala boondi and indori sev. 
  • squeeze some drops of lemon juice from top.
  • assemble poha in a similar way in plates and then serve indori poha.
  • serve indori poha straight away.
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preparation for indori poha recipe

1. first get all the ingredients ready for indori poha. you will need 2 cups thick poha along with 1 green chili (chopped), 1 lemon, ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped onions, ¼ cup indori sev, ¼ cup masala boondi (kara boondi, nukti), ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves, jeeravan masala and ¼ cup pomegranate arils (optional).

ingredients for making indori poha recipe

2. jeeravan masala is one of the special ingredient masala that is added in indori poha. if you do not have jeeravan masala then mix ¼ teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 pinch black salt and 1 to 2 pinches of ginger powder. use this spice mix instead of jeeravan masala.

jeeravan masala for making indori poha recipe

3. take the 2 cups thick poha in a colander or strainer.

poha for making indori poha recipe

4. begin to rinse the poha in clean running water.

poha for making indori poha recipe

5. gently mix and swirl with your hands while rinsing poha. make sure that you do not rinse it too much or else it breaks and gets mushy. while rinsing, the poha absorbs enough water and it becomes soft.

poha for making indori poha recipe

6. drain the water. the poha must become soft but remain intact, whole and separate. if the poha does not become soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer till they get softened.

poha for making indori poha recipe

7. take the poha in a mixing bowl.

poha for making indori poha recipe

8. sprinkle ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar and salt as required in the poha. you can add less or more sugar as per your taste preferences.

poha for making indori poha recipe

9. just lightly mix with a spoon or with clean hands.

poha for making indori poha recipe

making indori poha

10. heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy kadai or pan. keep flame to low or medium-low and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.

making indori poha recipe

11. then add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds.

making indori poha recipe

12. let the fennel seeds splutter.

making indori poha recipe

13. add 1 green chili (chopped). at this step you can add curry leaves if you want. for small kids you can skip green chilies.

making indori poha recipe

14. stir and sauté for a few seconds.

making indori poha recipe

15. keep flame to low and add the poha.

making indori poha recipe

16. gently mix poha with the tempered ingredients till the color of poha changes to a light yellow.

making indori poha recipe

17. cover kadai or pan with lid and on a low flame steam poha for about 1 to 2 minutes.

making indori poha recipe

18. after 1 to 2 minutes remove the lid and stir again. switch off the flame.

making indori poha recipe

19. now take the steaming hot poha in a plate.

making indori poha recipe

20. top with some chopped onions and chopped coriander leaves.

making indori poha recipe

21. sprinkle jeeravan masala on top. you can add 1 to 2 pinches of jeeravan masala or more. jeeravan masala is spicy so add accordingly depending upon how much spicy food you like.

making indori poha recipe

22. add pomegranate arils. you can add the quantity of toppings as per your preferences.

making indori poha recipe

23. top with masala boondi or khara boondi (nukti).

indori poha recipe

24. now top with indori sev or ratlami sev. you can also use masala sev, laung sev or aloo bhujia.

indori poha recipe

25. squeeze some drops of lemon juice from top.

indori poha recipe

26. assemble poha in a similar way in plates and then serve indori poha.

indori poha recipe

27. serve indori poha straight away.

indore poha recipe

namaste, i am dassana

dassana
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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