Healthy Recipes

Who loves a good old desi poha?

Poha or as we used to call it chivda, is made with flattened pressed rice. I made this version with brown rice (nutritionally, not a significant difference from the traditional one but yes, slightly more fibrous). It’s good for once in a while munchie or a savoury breakfast. I love it spicy with chilli added to it. And you can add lots of veggies too. I sometimes add carrots and beans too.


This version serves two and has:

  • 1 cup of poha (Soak in water for 20 minutes and it becomes double the size)
  • 1/2 small boiled potato (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup of peas
  • 1 tablespoon of peanuts
  • Little coriander
  • Teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 an onion & 1-2 green chilli (chopped)
  • Teaspoon of olive oil
  • Salt and turmeric.


To prepare: 

  • I’ve added the teaspoon of oil in the pan first, then the mustard seeds along with onion, potato, green chilli, peas and curry leaves
  • Let the veggie mix cook until the onions are golden brown.
  • Add salt to this and turmeric. Stir to mix.
  • Add the pre-soaked poha and mix well. 
  • Top it up with roasted peanuts and chopped coriander.


Ready to eat.