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Kanda Batata Poha
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Kanda Batata Poha

Kanda Batata Poha is a delicious and popular Breakfast made with flattened rice, potatoes and onions. A very filling recipe which can be enjoyed not just as breakfast but for lunch or dinner as well. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 377kcal


  • 2 cups Poha/flattened rice
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Peanuts
  • 2 Potato medium (chopped into tiny cubes)
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger grated
  • 2 Green chilies or more depending on how spicy you like the dish
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • few Cilantro chopped
  • To taste Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon or lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Oil plus 1 tsp


  • Wash the poha well under running cold water for 2 to 3 times. Leave it in a colander to drain. When it is draining, add the turmeric powder to the poha and mix it well using your hands so the turmeric powder spread evenly.
  • In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the chopped potatoes until they turn golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  • When the potatoes are browning, if you refer crush the peanuts in a mortar and pestle. I like it to have a little bit of crunch and that is why I don’t grind it in a mixer. If you prefer you could also leave this step out and add the whole peanuts.
  • Once the potatoes are drained, in the same pan, add the remaining oil. When the oil heats up, add the mustard seed, cumin, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves. Once they fry for a minute, add the chopped onions and sauté until light brown.
  • Now add the cooked potatoes, drained poha and the crushed peanuts and mix well. Add salt and sugar and mix well again. Let it cook for about 3 to 4 mins until all the flavors combine. Take care to keep stirring it to avoid the poha sticking together and clumping up.
  • Turn off the flame and add the lemon/lime juice and the chopped cilantro. Mix well.
  • Serve with hot tea or coffee!
  • Enjoy as a breakfast dish or as I did as lunch.


Expert Tips and FAQ's
  • Onions can be omitted and the dish can be made only with potatoes or vice versa.
  • The poha should not be left to soak for a long time; otherwise it would become very soggy. So make sure you wash it under running water and drain it immediately in a colander.
  • When the turmeric is mixed with the poha itself, it allows for equal distribution and coloration. If added when cooking the poha might not mix evenly with the turmeric and the color will be patchy.
  • Peanuts could be added whole or crushed. Peanuts could also be left out, if preferred.
  • The pinch of sugar brings out lot of flavor, so do not leave it out.
  • Also lemon juice is very essential to give a tangy flavor to the dish.


Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 1441mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 13mg