April 15, 2014

Indori Poha | A scrumptious breakfast from Madhya Pradesh

Some dishes pep you up. Others wake you up ! In the case of Indori Poha, literally so.

It was to be a lazy Sunday morning, but life with a toddler is even more unpredictable. She was up at 4:45 am with no intention to go back to sleep. Not wanting to wake up the household, the smartphone came to the rescue while the kid played with her toys.

After the usual narcissism trips on FB, and checking the email, a post by Sukanya just popped out – Indori Poha.

Now, having been to Bhopal several times and pigged out several times at the Khau Galli (eat –street) laden with Poha and Jalebi and other delicacies, Indori Poha was simply calling out to me.

I couldn’t wait till the husband got up and prepared his Filter Coffee to try out this – this must have been the shortest time in which a bookmarked recipe had been tried out. Even mom and S who are not great fans of Poha gave it a thumbs up, and it has featured since regularly on our breakfast menu – Sunday or no Sunday.

How is it different from the normal Poha ? Well, read on to find out as we travel to Madhya Pradesh (MP) today on our Indian Odyssey Blogging Marathon.

MP is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal, and the largest city is Indore. Nicknamed the "heart of India" due to its geographical location in India, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in the country by area. With over 75 million inhabitants, it is the sixth largest state in India by population. It borders the states of Uttar Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the southeast, Maharashtra to the south, Gujarat to the west, and Rajasthan to the northwest.

Indore traces its roots to its 16th century founding as a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. The city and its surroundings came under Maratha Empire on 18 May 1724 after Maratha Peshwa assumed the full control of Malwa. During the days of the British Raj it was a 19 Gun Salute (21 locally) princely state (a rare high rank) ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty, until they acceded to the Union of India. Indore served as the capital of the Madhya Bharat from 1950 until 1956. (source : Wiki)

BM : 39 ~ Indian State : Madhya Pradesh
Recipe : Indori Poha (savoury flattened rice snack)
Dish type :  Breakfast or evening Snack
Served with : Plain Curd
Spice Level : Medium to spicy
Prep Time : 15-20 mins, Cooking time : 15 mins ; Serves : 3
Recipe Source : Sukanya

  • Flattened Rice – 2 cups (Thick variety)
  • Potato – diced – 1 no
  • Onion – finely chopped – 1 large
  • Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cashewnuts– a handful
  • Sugar – 2 TBSP
  • Coconut – freshly grated – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Seasoning : Mustard seeds, cumin (jeera), curry leaves
  • Finely chopped chillies – 4 to 5 (adjust spice)
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Roasted peanuts (deskinned) – ¼ cup
  • Chopped coriander – 2 TBSP
  • Oil – 2 TBSP 
  • Lemon juice – 2 TBSP
  • Pomogranate pearls – for garnish (I skipped this)
  • Sev / Ompodi – to top 

  1. Wash and soak the poha in a colander for 5 – 6  mins
  2. Meanwhile, crush the peanuts coarsely and keep aside.
  3. In a pan, heat oil, and prepare the tempering, add the turmeric, curry leaves, fennel seeds and cashewnuts and chillies as well.
  4. Once the cashews brown a bit, add the chopped onions and potatoes and fry for 8-10 mins till potatoes turn soft.
  5. Add salt and sugar and sprinkle some water and cook the potato for 3-4 mins till almost done but has a bite.
  6. Now add the drained poha, coconut , crushed peanuts, chopped coriander and mix well
  7. Adjust spice, switch off from the flame and add popmogranate pearls and lemon juice.
  8. Top with Sev / Ghatia / Ompodi and serve immediately


I topped it with raw onions as well to give it a crunch.


  1. super yummy breakfast.. loved this one!! would love to grab that plate from screen!!

  2. Such a filling breakfast, i can have it anytime anyday, my kind of food.

  3. even though i make this once a week, it never fails to disappoint..nice pictures

  4. that is a super delicious breakfast from Indore..we have lot of street vendors who sell this and it is amazing with all that crunchy farsaan to top it up.

  5. Poha with sev over the top tastes so good! Your pictures are awesome!

  6. Dear Kalyani,
    Thank you so much for trying it out and am so happy to know that you and your family loved it. Thanks for the shoutout too. Indori poha rocks and at our home we loved it this way only. Loved reading your post and the pics are so refreshing and beautiful.

  7. This poha looks simply superb. I love the addition of potaoto and cashew..

  8. Same pinch,I too made this one,its a simply superb recipe,In my house everybody liked it the slightly sweet and sour taste with the crunch of the sev..

  9. poha makes a nice lunch box item too.. looks great

  10. Love the snack! Inviting clicks, Kalyani!

  11. Oh the poha surely has a mishmash of ing going into it..must try it sometime..your pictures have turned out so well..

  12. Appetizing poha with lovely colors!! I admit even non poha lovers too love this..

  13. I have an event I need to bring something to - I might try this dish on friday - this looks so appetizing think I'm going to try it

  14. Same pinch, I made Indori poha too.. Such an easy and simple dish for any time of the day.

  15. Simpley delicious. I like the use of fennel in here.

  16. Though I am not used to the sugar in savory dishes, I love this version.

  17. Poha looks delicious with all those sev and onion sprinkled on the top.

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