Kanda Batata Poha Recipe – popular vegetarian Maharashtrian breakfast – Kanda means onions in Marathi, Batata is potato and poha is Rice flakes/flattened rice.
I’m always more home-sick on weekends – the tiniest things make me miss Mum, her food, the conversations, et all. Most of all I miss the smells emanating from the kitchen, of waking up and knowing that something yummy will magically appear on the dining table when u squat there with your morning cup of coffee. Kanda Batata Poha, although not a typically Goan breakfast, made its way to our table back home in Goa on Sundays pretty frequently.
A very popular Maharashtrian breakfast – Kanda means onions in Marathi, Batata is potato and poha is Rice flakes/flattened rice. Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids.
Kanda Batata Poha is a great light breakfast which is easy peasy and quick to make and goes down like a treat with a cup of hot chai ( or coffee in my case). Best served with a side of lemon to squeeze as one pleases and crispy sev.
- 2 cups poha (Indian flattened Rice)
- 1 onion ( finely chopped)
- 1 sprig curry leaves (5-6 leaves)
- 1 potato (chopped)
- 3 green chillies (slit)
- 1 tbsp Peanuts Roasted
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp turmeric Powder
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- to taste sugar
- to taste salt
Rinse the poha through some running water twice and drain completely. Add the turmeric powder and let it mix gently into the poha.
Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. When they start to pop, add the onions and hing ( asafoteida ).
Saute until the onions turn transparent and then add the potato. Add a few drops of water and cover to let the potatoes cook.
Once the potatoes are done, add the poha, peanuts, salt and sugar and mix thoroughly.
Turn off the heat, and garnish with fresh coriander and lime juice. You can also add some crispy sev over it when you serve.