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kanda batata poha recipe - easy to make recipe of poha or flattened rice with onions and potatoes.

4.83 from 34 votes
total time:
30minutes

kanda batata poha recipe with step by step photos – kanda batata poha is one of the staple breakfast recipe from maharashtra made with onions (kanda), potato (batata) and flattened rice. poha is an easy, quick and healthy option for breakfast or brunch or as a snack .

potato onion poha

there are many recipes for making poha and each family has their own way of making poha. but in most variations, either we add potatoes or onions or both. i have already shared the other variations of poha recipes like:

in this onion potato poha recipe like the way we usually do at home… i have sauteed the potatoes in oil but you can also boil them and then add to the poha.

usually, i love to add roasted peanuts and top the poha with grated coconut… which adds a lot of flavor and makes it more healthy… and a cup of hot tea with it and i have my satisfied morning breakfast meal.

the best thing which i like about poha is that it is light on stomach and easy to digest and yet nutritious. other recipes which you can make from poha are aval dosa, poha idli and poha chivda.

if you are looking for more breakfast recipes then do check sada dosa, cheese dosaidli and south indian upma recipe.

maharashtrian poha recipe below:

maharashtrian poha recipe, kanda batata poha recipe
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maharashtrian poha recipe

kanda batata poha recipe - easy to make recipe of poha or flattened rice with onions and potatoes.
course breakfasts
cuisine indian, maharashtrian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1.5 cups poha - thick variety (flattened or parched rice)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies - chopped (hari mirch)
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts (mungphali)
  • 1 medium potato - chopped into small cubes (aloo or batata)
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped (pyaaz or kanda)
  • ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 8 to 9 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoon oil
  • sugar as required - i usually add up to 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • salt as required

how to make maharashtrian poha recipe

preparation for kanda batata poha recipe:

  1. pick the poha first. rinse the poha in clean running water in a strainer.
  2. 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.
  3. the poha must become soft but remain intact, whole and separate.
  4. if the poha does not become soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer till they get softened.
  5. sprinkle the turmeric powder, sugar and salt in the poha.
  6. gently mix.
  7. roast the peanuts in a small pan till they become crunchy and keep aside.
  8. also peel the potatoes and chop them into small cubes.

making kanda batata poha:

  1. in a kadai, heat oil. saute the potatoes in medium hot oil till light golden and crisp. keep aside.
  2. in the same kadai, add the mustard seeds to the hot oil. when they splutter, add the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the onions. saute the onions till they become translucent and soften.
  3. now add the curry leaves, green chili and roasted peanuts. saute for a minute.
  4. add the fried potatoes and then the poha. mix gently with the rest of the mixture.
  5. saute the entire poha mixture for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, stirring gently in between. taste the poha and if required add more salt and sugar.
  6. switch off the flame and cover the pan tightly with a lid for the poha to get steamed for a few minutes.
  7. remove the lid and garnish the poha with chopped coriander/cilantro leaves and grated fresh coconut.
  8. serve kanda batata poha hot with chopped lemon pieces. the lemon juice has to be squeezed on to the poha before eating it.
  9. alternatively, you could also do this method. once the poha is done, sprinkle approx 1 to 2 tsp lime juice on the kanda batata poha. 

  10. mix it with the poha and then garnish it with coconut and cilantro leaves.

recipe notes

adding sugar is optional. you can skip it completely if you don't prefer a slightly sweet taste in the kanda batata poha.

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how to make maharashtrian poha recipe:

1. pick the poha first. rinse the poha in clean running water in a strainer or colander. 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. 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 kanda batata poha recipe

2. sprinkle the turmeric powder, sugar and salt in the poha.

salt for kanda batata poha recipe

3. gently mix with your hands.

making poha recipe

4. roast the peanuts in a small pan till they become crunchy. keep aside.

peanuts for kanda batata poha recipe

5. also peel the potatoes and chop them into small cubes. in a kadai or pan, heat oil. saute the potatoes in medium hot oil.

saute potatoes for poha recipe

6. saute the potatoes till light golden and crisp.

sauting potatoes for making poha recipe

7. once the potatoes become light golden and crisp then remove them and keep aside with the roasted peanuts.

potatoes and peanuts for poha recipe

8. in the same kadai, add the mustard seeds/rai to the hot oil.

mustard seeds for making poha recipe

9. when they splutter, add the cumin seeds/jeera.

add cumin seeds - making onion potato poha recipe

10. when the cumin seeds sizzle, add the onions. saute the onions till they become translucent and soften.

sauting onions for kanda batata poha recipe

11. now add the curry leaves, green chili and roasted peanuts. saute for a minute.

add peanuts - making onion potato poha recipe

12. add the poha.

add potatoes - making onion potato poha recipe

13. mix gently with the rest of the mixture.

preparing kanda batata poha recipe

14. add the potatoes. saute the entire poha mixture for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, stirring gently in between. taste the poha and if required add more salt and sugar. switch off the flame and cover the pan tightly with a lid for the poha to get steamed for a few minutes.

cooking kanda batata poha recipe

15. remove the lid and garnish the poha with chopped coriander/cilantro leaves and grated fresh coconut.

coriander leaves to make onion potato poha recipe

16. mix gently.

kanda batata poha recipe, onion potato poha recipe

17. serve kanda batata poha hot with chopped lemon pieces. the lemon juice has to be squeezed on to the poha before eating it. alternatively, you could also do this method. once the poha is done, sprinkle approx 1 to 2 tsp lime juice on the kanda batata poha. mix it with the poha and then garnish it with coconut and cilantro leaves.

kanda batata poha, kanda batata poha recipe

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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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102 comments/reviews

  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe. ….came out so well I am my self surprised. …big hug to you.

    • thanks madhuri for sharing the feedback on poha recipe.

  2. I have tried few of Ur recipes always turned out excellent, step by step instructions with picture are very helpful. Your doing a gr8 job.
    Love from Abu dhabi😃

    • Thanks Shishira for your positive feedback on recipes. Nice to know this.

  3. Tried this recipe today, it was excellent.
    Thank you!

    • Welcome Madhavi

  4. This is my go to recipe for poha.
    Great blog – Explanation with visuals is priceless:-)

    • thanks kanan. glad that the visuals are helping you.

  5. It was delicious Dassana! Tq!

    • Welcome Rheena

  6. I am defeating my wife in cooking step by step by using your step by step guides.
    As my wife is out of town I am making poha every alternate day and taking it as breakfast, lunch and dinner as it’s easy to cook and it’s my favorite. Your method has added more flavors and taste to it.
    You have a superb collection.
    Thanks and good luck to you.

    • pleased to know this azim and thank you for your positive feedback 🙂 glad you can cook poha easily now and you are welcome.

  7. I have to make batata poha in my college and I can’t evencook!! I hope this recipe works for me…thank u so muchhh

    • thank you dhruvi 🙂 surely try and wish you best of luck.

  8. Thanks for sharing this recipe ..keep it up .

    • welcome and thankyou pushpendra 🙂

  9. Hi! loved your recipe, Dassana!

    • thankyou madhu 🙂

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