Saturday, 18 July 2015

Kanda / Onion Poha (Wet Pressed Rice mixed with Sauteed Onions, potatoes, green chillies and roasted peanuts)

Kanda Poha

Another rice dish... this time a Maharastrian favourite! Maharashtra Kaanda Poha or just Poha is very popular in Maharastrian breakfast or for snacks time. 
It is made from flattened / beaten rice along with sauteed onions, potatoes, green chillies and peanuts. It is a good snack for kids...You can reduce green chillies if you are making this specially for children. 

We can make this with red rice also which is much more healthier due to fibre content in it.

Anyways, lets start off...!

Poha Ingredients:

Poha (pressed rice) thick variety - 200gms
Green chillies - 4-5 nos. (if the chillies are very spicy, then u can reduce to 2-3 nos)
Onion - 1 no. (large) medium chopped
Potato- 1 no. (large)
Mustard seeds - 1 tspn
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Asafoetida - a pinch
Cummin seeds - 1 tspn
Peanuts - 15 to 20
Curry leaves - 8 -10 leaves
Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Coriander - to garnish
Lemon - one slice
Salt as required


Wash the poha in a colander. Don't rinse too much else, it will break and become like rice. 
Add salt and sugar. Mix lightly. While rinsing, the poha absorbs enough water and it becomes soft. 
If the poha does not becomes soft, sprinkle few drops of water on the poha in the strainer till they get softened.

Roast the peanuts in a pan and keep it aside. 

Peel the potatoes and chop it into small cubes. Heat oil and saute the potatoes till light golden and crisp, and keep it aside.

Take a pan and pour 3 tbsp of oil. 
When the oil hot, add mustard and when the mustard splutters, add Asafoetida and curry leaves and saute for  half a minute. Then add chopped onions till they became translucent and soften.

Then add green chilly and roasted peanut  and sauted for a minute. 

Add turmeric powder and mix it, saute it for sometime.
Now, add the fried potato and mix it.

Add the wet poha.
Mix and cook in low flame till the poha gets heated. 

Switch off the flame and add squeeze a slice of lemon into it and mix lightly. 

Garnish with coriander leaves.

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