Onion Peas Poha Recipe- Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha is a staple breakfast/brunch dish of western India; which has also gained popularity in Northern India in the last decade or so. This is made with flattened rice (poha)- thick/thin which are cooked with onion (kanda),nuts and spices.Onion Peas Poha

I have tasted the best ever poha during my trip to Rajasthan, but still homemade is always good and better. This is one of the nicest breakfast options as it’s nutritious, light yet filling. There are two versions of poha that are popular in Western India; one is batata poha (potato poha) and other is this kanda poha(onion poha). There is a vast majority of people in Gujarat region of India who don’t consume onion. So batata poha is a staple breakfast or snack option for them. Whereas Kanda Poha is popular in Maharashtra and is easily available in local eateries or cafeterias over there.Kanda Poha Recipe

Poha is easy to digest and when combined with other ingredients like onion, peas, and peanuts it becomes quite healthy. You can easily buy poha from any South-Asian grocery store or you can also buy poha from International food aisle of some of the known brand grocery stores. There are two varieties of poha one is thick and another is thin, just go for thick poha if you want to use poha for cooking. Thin poha is suitable for chivda which is snack made from poha. Here is the link to amazon if you want to buy poha online.Organic Beaten Rice (Poha – White) – 2 Lbs

Onion Peas Peanut Poha

This is a light breakfast option which is quick and very easy to prepare, you just need some basic ingredients like poha, onion, peanuts, and spices. I have used frozen peas in this recipe but if you don’t have frozen peas then use boiled peas for this recipe. You can also add grated carrots, sweet corn, and boiled potatoes or even green beans to this dish to make it more nutritious. This is also one of the nicest vegan breakfast for those who love savory breakfast.

Yields 2 cups

Onion Peas Poha Recipe- Kanda Poha

Popular Indian breakfast recipe made with flattened rice, onions and peanuts.

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups thick poha.
  • 1/2 medium red onion (finely chopped),
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds.
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts.
  • 8-10 curry leaves.
  • 1/2 tsp paprika.
  • 2 tsp olive oil.
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or more according to taste).


  1. Rinse the poha in a colander till it gets softened, it should be soft to touch and easily get crushed when you press between your thumb and finger.
  2. Add salt and turmeric to poha, gently mix well and keep it aside.
  3. Take a nonstick pan and add oil to it , heat for few seconds on medium-high heat and add mustard seeds to it. When mustard seeds start to crackle then add cumin seeds to it,once they sizzle then add curry leaves to the pan and stir for few seconds.
  4. Now add onions and saute them till they become translucent.
  5. Add roasted peanuts and stir, then add paprika and mix well. Now add poha, gently mix well and cover the pan for 2-3 minutes on a low heat. Stir and turn off the heat and keep the pan covered for 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid and sprinkle onion juice on poha. 
  6. Transfer to the serving dish, garnish with fresh coriander/mint leaves and grated coconut.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Breakfast


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