Kande Pohe

14 Jun

Shree Ganeshaya Namah

This is my first recipe as I have struggled the most with Pohe! One of the easiest once you get a hang of it! The first time I used my imagination and made Pohe, it was a disaster. I ended up drowning the pohe in oil!! I will share two methods; you can choose to follow whichever seems easier. You can add peanuts, potatoes to this dish. Well, first method explains how I do it, you can always add your own creativity. Kande Pohe (Tempered Beaten rice with onions) is the most common dish among Maharashtrians, mostly served at breakfast, it could also be an evening snack. The best combination is Pohe and Tea. My father always served me Pohe topped with shredded coconut, cilantro and a piece of lemon. I cannot forget the days in college when I enjoyed Pohe during rainy season with a green chutney and shev (fried snack made out of different types of flour) on top of it!

Tip: Remember to grab one fistful of poha for each person when soaking poha.

Serves :  2

Method 1 :-

All you need :

1. Poha (Flattened/Beaten rice) 1 cup
2. Onion 1 medium roughly chopped
3. Green Chillies 2-4 or as required
4. Cilantro (kothimbir) leaves chopped
5. Curry leaves 4-6
6. Cumin seeds 1tbsp
7. Mustard Seeds 1 tbsp
8. Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp

9. Sugar (if desired)

10. Salt (as required)

11. Lemon (for garnishing)

12. Shaved coconut flakes (for garnishing)

Ready, Set, Go:

1. Start with heating a little oil in pan/kadhai, in the meanwhile you can chop the onions, green chillies, keep all the spices and curry leaves ready.

2.  Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped green chillies, curry leaves, sauté it for 5-10 seconds and add the chopped onions to it. (Take a colander, wash the poha lightly and set aside till the water drains away)
3. Sauté onions until they are golden, add the turmeric powder and the soaked poha.
4. Mix everything really well. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium flame.

5. Add salt and sugar.
6. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a piece of lemon. Sprinkle shaved coconut flakes.

Method 2:-

1. Wash the poha in water for a few seconds and drain the water. Set aside for a few minutes. Start chopping onions, chillies, and cilantro.  Add salt and turmeric to poha. Keep it aside.
2. Heat a little oil in pan/kadhai. Add chopped potatoes, cover and cook on medium flame till they become tender, do not add water let them cook on steam.  Take them out. If desired, add peanuts to the same oil and fry it on medium flame till it changes colour. Keep aside.
3. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped green chillies, curry leaves, saute it for 10-15 seconds and add the roughly chopped onions to it.

4. Sauté onions until they are transparent, add the fried potatoes, peanuts and the soaked poha.
5. Mix everything really well, and add the chopped green coriander leaves. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium flame untill it mixes really well.
6. Serve hot with a dash of lemon juice in it. Sprinkle shaved coconut flakes.


8 Responses to “Kande Pohe”

  1. Shweta June 15, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Its good to see your blog! 🙂 The 2nd method of poha-making is one of my favorite! 🙂 Waiting for more recipes!

    • poohalicious June 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks a lot Shweta! Yeah, I guess the second method is the right one, but I take a shortcut! 😛 Thanks for reading! I will keep posting more! 🙂

  2. mepunekar June 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    its excellent! don’t change anything! love it. and nice header too!

  3. sybaritica June 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve never heard of that before. It looks wonderful!

    • poohalicious June 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Thank you sybaritica. It is a typical breakfast dish mostly in Western parts of India. You could try it at home, its not spicy as other Indian dishes!

  4. Neha June 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    my pohe doesnt come out very soft like the way mom makes it. what could be the reason? we use thin pohe only, correct?

    • poohalicious June 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      We need to steam them a little. We are in a hurry so don’t steam them as our moms do. Thin poha will become a little harder, you need thick poha.

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