Thursday, April 5, 2012

Masala Poha

The sudden nice and breezy weather here has got me into the mood of cooking often these days. But we get lucky only during the late evenings. Calcuttans are still braving the scorching heat otherwise. A good weather can really uplift my mood, in an instant. And yesterday it resulted in these cute Pretty in Pink Cupcakes. It's the mornings when I don't like indulging in the kitchen. I'd rather leave instructions and get the breakfast ready. But when it's about preparing something that gets done in flat 10 minutes, I don't mind. Especially when hubby dear makes a request for it.

Poha is hubby dear's favourite and this recipe is loosely based on how he instructed me to prepare this dish for him. Not only is Spicy Poha a delicious choice in breakfast, it's nutritious too. And for me the best part is, it's super quick to prepare.

Masala Poha2

Poha is popular in many parts the country. All versions varying a little here and there in ingredients and taste. My way of making it makes it somewhat spicy in taste and that's how I find the poha to be just perfect.

Masala Poha1

Masala Poha


Chivda (flaked beaten rice) 1 cup (use the thick one)
Potato, 1 large sized, chopped
Onion, 1 large sized, chopped
Green chilli 1, finely chopped
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp.
Chana Dal 1 tbsp.
Turmeric ppowder 1/2 tsp.
Roasted cumin powder 1/2 tsp.
Curry leaves, a handful
Coriander leaves, a handful, chopped
Lemon juice, 1 tbsp.
Salt as per taste

  1. Wash and drain the chivda. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the chana dal. Fry for a minute.

  2. Next add the chopped potatoes and fry till they are soft. Add the turmeric and roasted cumin powder. Mix well. Next goes in the chopped onion and green chilli along with the curry leaves. Mix everything well and fry for about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Finally add the chivda. Mix well and stir for about 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve.



  1. 1st gud to see you back ...always love poha's DH fav too ...and love the reader ...looks so cool

  2. Easy breakfast option..looks nice

  3. The poha looks gorgeous ..... it's my all time fav snack :)

  4. i have a question .. will chana dal become soft till potatoes r kept to become soft. as chana dal s really hard . do v need to soak it b4 use.

    1. No, chana dal will not become soft. And, we don't need it to be soft either to have some crunchiness in the poha.

  5. I need to try this. I make poha in a very south indian way and this one will be great change. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  6. Yum yum, who will say no to this fabulous masala it..

  7. Wow looks yum, healthy and yummy snack

  8. Wow that was simply amazing dear.... First time ur blog... N just loved ur space... When u get time do visit mine....

  9. Okay, white girl here. I would love to try this, it seems like a good beginers dish, but where would I be able to buy quality spices like the Chana Dal or Curry leaves? Or even the Chivda? I'm in Idaho & there isn't enough demand for ethnic food unless it's mexican or chinese so I need to order off the internet. Any suggestions?

  10. Very cool. I will for sure be back for more. Your foodgraphy is also very nice. Very appetizing presentation and clicks.

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