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Poha (Flattened Rice)

By: Manjula
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks
Servings: 4


2 cups “thick” poha (you can find in Indian grocery store)
1 cup frozen green peas
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 cardamom
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon red chili powder
1 green chili, finely chopped and adjusted to taste
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon garam masala
Approximately 2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
Lemon slices to garnish
1/4 cup chopped tomato to garnish


Gently wash poha in a colander and let it sit/drain for approx. 10 minutes.
Sprinkle turmeric, chili powder and salt and toss with a fork.
Wash and drain green peas and set aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. When oil is moderately hot add mustard seeds and wait till seeds crack.
Add cardamom, ginger and green chili and stir for a few seconds. Then add green peas and cook until they are tender.
Add poha and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, mixing gently. (If the poha looks too dry, add a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking).
Remove from heat and add lemon juice, sugar and cilantro. Mix and cover for few minutes.
Serve hot with a side of Hari Cilantro Chutney.


This dish is a favorite for breakfast or as a light snack in different parts of India. Being raised in Bihar, my mother was very fond of Chudwey. She would often prepare this dish as a special snack for guests to be served with tea. I have grown up loving this recipe and thought I would share it with all of you.

It is a quick and easy recipe to make and very delicious.

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