Poha ( Flattened rice )- A Hearty Breakfast

‘Poha’ (Flattened rice or beaten rice ) is one of the easiest , healthy and filling breakfast  which  is said to have originated in western and northern India. ‘Poha’ is a good source of carbohydrate, rich in iron and low on gluten.There are two varieties of  the ‘poha’, thick and thin . This breakfast dish requires the “thick” poha .The thin poha is usually not preferred  as the recipe requires soaking it in water and  can make it soggy . It is also a very common breakfast in many households back home and there are many variations to making it .I  mainly use cumin. turmeric and salt for the spices in this dish. You can also add vegetables like carrot and peas and spices like  “garam masala” or grated coconut etc to make it interesting. I stick to the recipe that I have  known and eaten growing up  and the details are in the recipe below.The combination of the chewy ‘poha’ , peanuts , citrus lime ,soft fried potatoes and onions is an awesome flavor to relish. Have this dish with a cup of tea or ‘chai’ to awaken all your senses and tastebuds and you cannot but help calling it  a breakfast for the soul! Enjoy 🙂


  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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A delicious breakfast or snack with your evening tea based on Indian cuisine.


  • 5 cups soaked beaten or flattened rice (Aval)
  • 1/2 red onion  finely cut
  • 3 -4 green chillies
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2  cup or handful of peanuts
  • 1/2  cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 a lemon (juice squeezed)
  • 3 -4 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil


  1. Wash the beaten rice in a colander and make sure it is soft and not too soggy
  2. Heat 3 tbsp oil and splutter mustard and cumin
  3. Add roasted peanuts and stir
  4. Add onions and green chillies and sautée
  5. Add turmeric powder and salt
  6. Next add the diced potatoes and sautée
  7. Lower the heat and cover with a lid to make sure the potatoes are cooked half way
  8. Next add the soaked beaten rice and mix thoroughly
  9. Add the lemon juice
  10. Cover with the lid again for 5 minutes to make sure it steams well
  11. Add the chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves and mix well.
  12. Poha is read to be served.
  13. Serve it with a sliced lemon, crispy fried lentils( bujhiya)
  14. Enjoy it with a cup of tea!

Poha with a cup of tea!

Poha – delicious breakfast with potatoes, peanuts and lime

poha – close up

Poha – Indian breakfast


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  • Chris Riley
    February 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I would love this for breakfast, but not sure I could get hubby to give it a try – at least not for breakfast. I’ll have to look out for flattened rice next time I’m in a specialty Indian supply shop.

    • InspiresN
      February 9, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Hope you can give it a try when you get a chance .It is quite a popular dish and flattened rice is easily available in any Indian store! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Neetha
    February 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    You are right its hearty and absolute comfort food .. Looks so delicious. Have a great weekend!

    • InspiresN
      February 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Yes Neetha an awesome comfort food indeed. Thank you so much and you too have a good one!

  • jyo
    February 9, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Most reliable food ✌✌ one of my fav too ❤❤

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Yes rightly said Jyo, reliable and a favorite amongst so many of us! Thank you so much!

  • Pooja Thapliyal
    February 10, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Always a favourite ✌️

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Thank you so much Pooja , easy dish and a favorite of many of us!

  • Jyoti's Kitchen
    February 10, 2018 at 12:13 am

    My favourite 💕

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Happy to hear that it is your favorite as well Jyoti! Thank you for the comments!

  • Bhavana
    February 10, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Easy & tasty recipe😋.
    Right dear goes so well with cup of tea.

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Yes tasty and easy , indeed best with a cup of tea! Thank you so much!

  • Ramyarecipes
    February 10, 2018 at 7:34 am

    My All time favorite yummy breakfast and clicks are beautiful Nisha 👍

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Ramya, my favorite as well ! Glad to hear you loved the photos.

  • Megala
    February 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Lovely poha ! Fantastic breakfast !!

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Thank you so much!

  • indianeskitchen
    February 10, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I want this for breakfast right now!!! Yum!

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 11:02 am

      I wish I could send it over 🙂 .Thank you so much Diane!

  • savvysouthindian
    February 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    That poha looks so yummy, Nisha!

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much Latha!

  • Blogtastic Food
    February 10, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I tend to get sick and tired of the same old breakfast so waking up to this would be a treat (:

    • InspiresN
      February 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much! I am pretty sure you would love this for a change.

  • indianeskitchen
    February 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I have never heard of a flattened rice and I have never had rice for breakfast! I just never thought about it! Boy am I deprived because this looks amazing!

    • InspiresN
      February 13, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Flattened rice has some benefits as it easily digested and rich in iron and gluten free .This really tastes good as well so do try it out Diane , you may like it as well!

      • indianeskitchen
        February 14, 2018 at 10:56 am

        Thank you I will but I will have to find it first….lol Thank goodness for the internet!

        • InspiresN
          February 14, 2018 at 11:05 am


  • Vidya Narayan
    February 14, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Poha and tea combo is just amazing. I love poha just like you with loads of onions. Best breakfast ever!

    • InspiresN
      February 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Glad to hear that Vidya, nothing to beat the poha chai combination right .Thank you for stopping by!

      • Vidya Narayan
        February 14, 2018 at 11:48 am

        I agree and its my fav too, sometimes I have it as an early dinner option too. My pleasure entirely dear.

  • Anonymous
    February 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Poha looks delicious especially with that hot cup of tea!! Loved the pics..

    • InspiresN
      February 20, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Deepa, the picture of the poha and tea indeed is tempting!

  • Anshu Agarwal
    February 28, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    This is my all time favorite…awesome recipe and pictures !!

    • InspiresN
      February 28, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      awww, Thank you so much , it’s truly a favorite of so many of us.

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