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Kanda poha (Poha upma)

kanda poha

Kanda poha is a breakfast dish made of rice flakes, onion and peanuts. Best when sprinkled with lime juice. This Diwali, treat yourself with this delicious breakfast dish, Kanda Poha.


  • Rice flakes (1 tbsp)
  • Cooking oil (1 tbsp)
  • Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Cumin seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Asafoetida powder(a pinch)
  • Split black gram daal(1 tsp)
  • Curry leaves (few)
  • Onion(1 medium size, chopped)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Green chilly (1, chopped)
  • Turmeric powder (a pinch)
  • Roasted Peanuts or masala peanuts (1 tbsp)
  • Sugar (1 tsp)
  • Lime juice (of half a lime)


  1. Soak rice flakes in water. After 2 minutes drain out the excess water and cover the rice flakes. Keep this aside for 10 minutes so that the rice flakes absorb the water and becomes soft.
  2. Heat a pan, add cooking oil, mustard and allow it to splutter.
  3. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida powder or hing powder, split black lentils and saute them well in a slow fire till the lentil becomes golden brown color.
  4. Add a few curry leaves into it, After 15 seconds add one medium chopped onion and saute.
  5. Add salt, green chilly and saute till the onion starts to turn light golden in color.
  6. Add turmeric powder, masala peanuts/roasted peanuts, mix well.
  7. Add the soaked rice flakes and mix well.
  8. Close the lid and let it cook for a minute on very slow flame. After a minute, add a teaspoon of sugar into it and juice of half a lime.

Delicious kanda poha is now ready to be served for breakfast. Enjoy!

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