potato onion poha

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 .

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:

kanda batata poha recipe
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maharashtrian poha recipe | kanda batata 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 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.


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




100 thoughts on “maharashtrian poha recipe | kanda batata poha recipe | poha recipes”

  1. Shishira Shetty

    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😃

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Khushbooba Solanki

    That was very nice poha that I made with this recipe. just a humble suggestion. batata poha is a gujarati dish.

  6. I would definitely b trying ur style of cooking poha too… I actually searched for ur recipe coz I always hav a complaint that poha turns a lil dry if eaten aft some hours.. like in tiffin. . So was searching out for the same… will try ur style and check how it remains.. as I do not add the spices before putting it in pan… mayb that wud help… or if anything else can be done pls suggest

    1. after some hours poha does turn dry. what i would suggest is to add the hot poha in a the tiffin and then close the lid. due to the steam condensation the poha would remain soft for some hours. you can try this recipe too.

  7. The recipe explained by you is so nice and simple that even a person does not know cooking will be tempted to take up cooking and prepare kanda batata poha by himself/ herself and tell all that he/ she knows cooking and will also tell all that cooking is very simple. It helped me too.

    Its a great job by you. Keep it up. Thanks.

  8. Neat recipe!
    I usually boil the potato in the microwave. May be I was being too paranoid. Will give this a try 🙂

    Cheers!

  9. 21st Oct 2015: Felt like making a quick dish of poha today, kanda bata poha is a tasty dish I like, followed your steps and the dish was ready in no time. Family enjoyed having…Thanks for sharing the recipie ! ! !

  10. Hey Dassana,the Kanda batata poha was awesome.! You have become my go-to for veg recipes.!! When I want to make something, I just go vegrecipesofIndia and search of the dish in ur recipes than go anywhr else.
    You are just amazing.! Thankyou so much.
    Keep cooking and be beautiful 🙂

  11. I’m so thankful to you for posting such wonderful recipes. The recipes are superb because you have a unique way of explaining the step by step method of cooking. No other website is so helpful. All the best and keep it up.
    Thanking you so much.
    Regards
    Shhifa.

  12. You’re soooo good in narrating a recipe, it’s amazing…ly simple and it turns out actually sumptuous! Others hide a few things here n there but You are …Precise!
    Cheers
    Keep it up, Dasanna!!!

  13. So my mom has been bugging me to learn cooking since I’m moving to a new city to join work. I just didn’t feel like it. And then one day I had a craving for batata poha and landed up at your website looking for the recipe. Now I’m hooked. I go through your recipes all day long. And since you explain the procedure step by step it helps newbies like me, a lot. Your website has a very homely feel about it and I love that you add your own personal experiences with your recipe. I’m a Malayali and I was so proud to find all the recipies of thoran and what not on the site. You and your husband are doing a fine job, Dassana. It’s very inspiring. Thank you 🙂

    1. welcome reshma. nice to know that recipe helped you. its good to know cooking and it helps in long run. specially when we have stay away from family. thanks a lot for this motivating feedback.

  14. Thank you for all these tasty recipes. I live in germany and i miss indian masaledar food.your recipes have really helped me. Thanks a lot.

  15. i just love to cook fook and though to eat……thanks for giving us sach a beautiful recipess…..thanks a lot

  16. I am a novice in cooking. I only know how to cook rice and nothing else. Tried your recipe today and what i cooked was awesome. I am feeling like a chef . Thanks a lot for It.

  17. One Marathi friend made this for me, n I liked it very much.but when I tried to make it ,that did not taste the same.your recipe tasted exactly the same n was very delicious.thanks.

  18. Hey..
    thnx a lot for uo receipe…
    nd wid d screen shots its too ezy for me to prepare ny dish by your way. .
    nd a req also dat u hv mentioned dry manchurian receipe in uo blog. . Plz provide gravy manchurian receipe

  19. super it’s my favourite recipe even I make the same way at my home everyone like it very much

  20. Never made Poha in my life. Followed all the steps and it turned our to be AMAZING!
    The pictures make a huge difference
    Thanks Amit!

  21. Madam,
    Thanks for providing nice forum to learn cooking…
    Providing step by step and pics of each ingredient treated IS A GREAT boost for learners and novice to Art of Cooking …
    I wish to bring to you :
    1-Please provide Weights and Measures of Ingredients … When you mention that Poha Is One Cup = 250 ml , please also indicate How much Weight… and also viceversa …. This helps us to prepare for Right amount of ingredients…
    2-Some recipes may need water to be added before during and after cooking. If you could add “Water’ too as one ingredient, and also mention Qty/Measure
    3- Please meniton Heating time with High Medium and Low flame for each ingreadient / stage of the recipe,
    4- Please also indicate Utensils Used / Recommended to prepare the recipe… e.g. “nonstick’, etc.

    I should tell you that I am inspired to learn cooking with this site of yours. And I immensely thank you for the Easy to Learn and Practice the cooking…
    Thanks
    and
    Namastey
    Kishor

    1. welcome kishor. thanks for sharing your suggestion. we appreciate your concern. for last 2-3 months we have started giving the measurement in weight also.
      wherever possible i mention, the intensity of flame as well as what type of utensil to be used. but in some old recipes this info might be missing. will keep this suggestions in mind.

  22. Loved the way the recipe is posted.Keep up the good work. I follow your recipes mainly.
    Thank you for posting so good recipes and that too so nicely.

  23. I’m Maharashtrian and my attempts at making kanda-pohe as good as my mum’s have always been disappointing…
    Today she and dad came to my place in morning and I tried this recipe…
    After tasting the dish, mom said “Pohe khup chaan zaaleyt…” (meaning: I’ve made very good pohas)
    This meant a lot coming from my mum…
    Thank you very much…

    1. thats so sweet to know and so nice of you to share this. i can speak marathi, so can relate what your mom said. thanks for sharing a moment from your life and also thanks for the feedback, nupur.

  24. Hi Dassana,

    Though i love eating Poha, never tried making it at home, thinking I will try it someday. But here is Veg recipes of India teaching me how to make it step by step so i gave it a shot last week and as usual excellent result.

    Thanks Dassana and keep them coming.

  25. I tried this recipe and this poha was a superhit for breakfast. Very nice, easy and healthy recipe. The way you put pictures of every step of the recipe is too gud. Thanks Dassana. Keep posting. Love ur website.

  26. thank you for this recipe. My daughters had been asking for this. i will make for them. God bless u.

  27. i was looking for the recipe from long time as i like it very much. It is quick and easy to cook. thank you

  28. Thank you for this (and your other recipes). The poha is delicious and always welcome. My wife used make kanda batata poha but she suffered a stroke some time back and can no longer cook, so being able to make dishes that she used to make has made life much better for both of us. Bless you!

          1. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Everyone at my place liked it so much. Your blog helps me a lot to make even simple/difficult recipes in a elegant style.

              1. Hi,
                Thanks for the great recipe.Basically we r south Indians and my husband had been bought up in Raichur (Karnataka) and used to tell me that he was missing the traditional food.Ur recipe was very easy to do and my husband was happy too.Thank u for the great recipe

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