Kanda Poha – Breakfast Recipe

Poha is the maharashtrian word for flattened or beaten rice and kanda means onions. Kanda Poha is a very popular Maharashtrian breakfast, which can also be had as an evening snack. It is healthy and takes only 10-15 minutes to prepare this dish. I often prepare this dish for breakfast or for brunch on my lazy Sundays.

I usually rinse the poha in a strainer or colander under running water and don’t soak them in water, rinsing the poha softens them easily. you can also add boiled potatoes and green peas when making this onion poha recipe. You can also add sugar in the poha but this is optional ,but I personally don’t like to add sugar in poha.

So let’s start…

Kanda Poha – Breakfast Recipe
Prep time             : 5 minutes
Cooking time      : 10 minutes
Total time            : 15 minutes
Servings     : 2
Category   : Breakfast
Cuisine      : Indian
1 Cup poha (flattened rice)
1 Onion
2 Chopped green chilies
1 Inch ginger piece
1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
For the seasoning:
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
Pinch of asafetida
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
For garnishing:
Chopped onions
Sev (crunchy indian noodles)
2 Tablespoons roasted peanuts
1/2 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • Wash poha 2 times and drain it in a colander. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Dry roast peanuts and keep it aside. Skip this step if you are using roasted peanuts.
  • Chop onion ,green chilies and ginger.


  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add a pinch of asafetida , curry leaves ,chopped ginger, onion , chopped green chilies and salt. Sauté until onions become transparent.
  • Add poha and turmeric powder, mix well. Cook with the lid on for 2-3 minutes. Remove from flame.
  • Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro, sev, onion and roasted peanuts.

Serve the poha hot along with a cup of tea for breakfast or snacks.


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

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