Poha is made from flattened rice and is good for a light snack or for breakfast. This dish can have many variants and is probably made a little differently in every home. Here’s how I make it.

Flattened rice breakfast or light snack You’ll need:

  • 500gm Poha [flattened rice]
  • 50gm Finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Handful Curry leaves
  • 50gm Fried plain peanuts
  • 100gm Chopped onions
  • A few Dry red chillies [opt]
  • 3 – 4 Chopped green chillies [opt]
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 3 medium size boiled potatoes, peeled
  • 1 level tbsp Chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 level tbsp Turmeric powder [haldi]
  • Oil


  1. Sprinkle the poha with water, and lightly knead. Do not soak. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add red chili powder, haldi, salt, mustard seeds, curry leaves.
  3. A few seconds later [the mustard should crackle], add the ginger and onions
  4. Fry till the onions give a hint of browning at the edges
  5. Add the red chillies, peanuts, green chilies.
  6. Fry for a minute.
  7. Crumble the potatoes into the mixture
  8. Mix the whole lot well
  9. Add the poha.
  10. Toss.
  11. Serve hot with pickle. [thats red chilli pickle in the picture]

By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.