Kanda Pohe

"If you don't like Pohe, don't call yourself a proud Maharashtrian". I'm sure many of you will agree with this sentence. As far as my memory goes I must have eaten Pohe more than ten thousand times until now. It's a staple Maharashtrian breakfast item, a popular road side snack, which many people enjoy in almost all cities in Maharashtra. There are variations in making Pohe as some make Kanda Pohe (beaten rice with onions) & some make batata pohe (beaten rice with potatoes). Pohe is the quickest, simplest, easiest & healthiest option for breakfast or an evening snack. Often my non-marathi friends in Muscat used to come over to eat pohe at my place. Pohe are very easy to digest & goes very well with hot cup of tea. My mom often used to make kanda pohe. Here's her recipe.

  1. 2 cups Pohe (beaten rice)
  2. 1 large onion chopped
  3. 5-6 green chillis
  4. 8-10 curry leaves
  5. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1 tsp tumeric powder
  7. Salt as per taste
  8. Sugar as per taste
  9. a Pinch of asafoetida
  10. Oil for cooking
  11. Juice of 1 lemon
  12. chopped coriander for garnishing
  13. Grated coconut for garnishing

  1. Heat oil , add mustard seeds, tumeric, asafoetida, green chillis, curry leaves & chopped onions
  2. stir until onions turn brown.
  3. Wash pohe with drinking water and keep it aside in a strainer until all water is drained out. Don't over wash it as it may become too mushy & break. 
  4. Add the washed pohe and add salt, sugar & lime juice.
  5. Keep a lit and let it cook for 5-10 mins on a low flame
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander and grated coconut
  7. Serve hot.

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