I bought plain poha (or flattened rice) sometime back to prepare for for 41.
So, the thing is 41 has a breakfast that comprises of either poha or upma. Till now, I was “preparing” the instant poha and upma from Maggi and MTR. The effort that went into preparing these instant breakfast dishes was enormous. Imagine boiling some water in a pan, adding the instant mix to the water and leaving aside for a couple of minutes. Phew! too much effort.
With this thought in mind, I decided to step up my game and actually “prepare” the poha for once.


  • 2 cups Poha
  • 2 Medium tomatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 3-4 Green chillies
  • 2-3 twigs of Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds(Black Rai)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt to taste


Step 1 : Chop the vegetables
I made this separate step because there were fewer steps in this. And I wanted it look like a big recipe.
Chop all the vegetables i.e. tomatoes, onions, potatoes and chillies.
Potatoes should be chopped finely to ensure they cook completely.
Step 2 : Wash the Poha
Rinse poha thoroughly with running water.
Set aside for 4-5 minutes so that the Poha softens.
Step 3 : Cooking the Poha
Heat some oil in a pan. Add the rai and curry leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add onion and green chillies in the pan and saute till the onion cooks completely.
Now, add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft and start turning mushy.
Add the potatoes and continue cooking till the potatoes are done. This might take some time depending on how finely the potatoes were chopped. Ensure that the potatoes are completely cooked before procedding to next step.
Once the potatoes are done add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt and mix well.
Now add the poha and mix thoroughly so that poha gets coated with prepared masala.
Saute for 2 minutes and then turn off the gas, cover and set aisde for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4 : Serving the poha
We have another step, woah.
When you are ready to serve, sprinkle the lemon juice and some sugar and the poha is ready.

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