Batata Poha (Flattened rice with potatoes)

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This Batata Poha recipe is dedicated to those who want a great tasting (and looking) Poha. Say goodbye to mushed up poha!

Batata poha served in a wooden bowl accompanied by a cup of tea and half a lemon
Batata Poha

Poha makes for a wholesome and delicious breakfast. You can dress it up with sev, pomegranate seeds or roasted peanuts or don’t garnish it at all.. either way, it will be just as satisfying.

Before we proceed further, let me clarify the dish is named poha after its main ingredient that also goes by the same name. Though mostly eaten for breakfast, poha makes for a satisfying meal any time of the day.

What is poha?

Also called flattened, pressed and flaked rice, poha (the ingredient) is made by parboiling rice and then rolling, flattening and drying them to convert into flakes. Depending on the pressure used in the flattening process, they turn out to be either thick or thin.

Thin poha soaks up water and can get mushy in no time and that’s why for this dish thicker poha is preferred.

How to make poha

Shows ingredients for Poha - curry leaves, potatoes, mustard seeds, onions, salt, peanuts, turmeric powder, lemon, green chilies and poha
Ingredients for poha
  1. Rinse the poha in a colander and set it aside.

    Rinsed Poha in colander
    Poha in colander

  2. Start with the tempering process – Heat oil in a non-stick wok/kadhai over medium heat and once the oil heats up, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add onions, along with curry leaves and peanuts.Onions being fried with peanuts and curry leaves
  3. Add potatoes – Fry the onions for a minute or two and then add potatoes. Mix well. Cover the wok and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until done. Stir once in between. Potatoes added to poha
  4. Add poha, lemon juice and mix wellPoha is added to the onion-potato mixture

Tips and tricks to make the best tasting (and looking) poha

  1. Don’t boil the potatoes beforehand. Boiled potatoes can make your poha mushy. Saute them in the wok/kadhai to cook them.
  2. Use skinned roasted peanuts to save time. That way you don’t have to dry roast them before using.
  3. No need to saute the onions till they are soft and translucent. Fry them in oil for a quick minute with peanuts, green chili, and curry leaves. Add potatoes and mix well. The onions will cook along with the potatoes.
  4. Use only thick poha. The thin ones will absorb water making the dish mushy.
  5. Cut the potatoes into approximately 1-inch cubes. They will cook faster.

    1-inch Cubed Potatoes in a bowl
    Cubed potatoes

  6. Rinse the poha in a colander and set aside. Do not soak the poha in water for a long time.

Variations

  1. Kanda (onion) poha – Follow the recipe below but skip the potatoes.
  2. Batata (potato) poha – Check out the recipe below.
  3. Indori poha –  A popular street food from Madhya Pradesh ( a state in central India). It has a lot going in terms of flavors and textures – a bit sweet, a tad tangy and served with sev, poha made this way is a street food lover’s delight.
  4. Vegetable poha – Add veggies such as peas and carrots to the mix along with potatoes, and you’ve got yourself a veggie poha.

Poha served in a wooden bowl and served with tea. Yellow napkin as well as half a lemon is in the background as well



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poha sprinkled with sev in a brown bowl served with tea

Poha

5 from 4 votes
Poha makes for a wholesome and delicious breakfast. You can dress it up with sev, pomegranate seeds or roasted peanuts or don't garnish it at all.. either way, it will be just as satisfying.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Diet : Vegetarian
Course : Breakfast
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups poha, thick flattened rice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig kadipatta, curry leaves
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped (~1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons skinned and roasted peanuts
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, diced (~ 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • 1 teaspoon haldi, turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Finely chopped dhania, coriander leaves
  • Sev for garnishing, optional

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the poha in a colander and set it aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick wok/kadhai over medium heat and once the oil heats up add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add onions, along with curry leaves, green chilies and peanuts.
  • Fry the onions for a minute or two and then add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and sugar (if using). Mix well. Cover the wok and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until done. Stir once to avoid sticking.
  • Add poha and lime juice. Mix well. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Take off heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and sev. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 177mgPotassium: 530mgFiber: 8gSugar: 18gVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 6.2mg

Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

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