Vegetable Poha Recipe

How does a nice romantic breakfast on a beautiful saturday morning sound, specially while your baby is fast asleep? Well! to me that sounds like the best morning ever..
When you have a super energetic 10 month old then breakfast is the last thing on your list let alone a romantic one but yesterday we got lucky. Little one went to bed just on time so that we could sit and relax and have a nice breakfast together. I made Vegetable Poha,one of my favorite breakfast not only because its delicious but also because you can fix it in minutes and trust me when you have a child at home you know what that means!


I’ve spent a very big part of my student life in a small city named Indore in Central India or the state of Madhya Pradesh and Pohe (as they call it there) was something we used to eat every morning for breakfast and by that I  really mean every morning! Pohe with lots of sev namkeen on top of it accompanied with Jalebi is favorite breakfast for people there. You can find it anywhere and everywhere from street vendors to any good restaurants. Although nothing can compare to those early morning breakfasts with friends, standing on roadside with Pohe in hand but I often try if not to relive then to remember those days.

What is Poha?

Poha is a traditional Indian breakfast dish made from flattened rice, typically served with a variety of spices and vegetables. It’s a light and nutritious option, popular across India for its simplicity and versatility.


Is Poha Healthier Than Rice?

Poha, is often considered a healthier alternative to regular rice due to its minimal processing and higher nutrient content. Unlike polished white rice, which has undergone extensive milling, poha retains more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Additionally, poha is lower in calories and carbohydrates, making it a suitable option for those looking to manage their weight or blood sugar levels. Its lighter texture also aids in easier digestion. However, the health benefits ultimately depend on the overall ingredients and preparation method, as adding excessive oil or sugar to poha dishes can negate its nutritional advantages.

How To Make Poha At Home?

The beauty of making Poha at home lies in its versatility and simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients, you can create a flavorful and satisfying breakfast dish that’s perfect for any morning. Whether you prefer to add a variety of vegetables like carrots, peas, and bell peppers, or keep it simple with just onions and potatoes, the choice is yours. Adjust the spices according to your taste preferences, adding more chili for extra heat or reducing the sugar for a less sweet flavor. With a few basic cooking techniques and a touch of creativity, you can easily whip up a batch of delicious Poha to enjoy with your family and friends, making every breakfast a delightful culinary experience.

I am sharing a simple recipe of how I make Vegetable Poha at home.

Vegetable Poha Recipe

Savor the aromatic delight of Vegetable Poha, a flavorful Indian breakfast dish featuring tender flattened rice cooked with a colorful array of vegetables and aromatic spices

Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Appetizers, Flatenned Rice Recipe, Indian Breakfast, Quick breakfast
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Prerna Singh


  • 2.5 TBSP cooking oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 8-10 no. curry leaves (preferably fresh)
  • 1/2 cup potato chopped
  • 1/2 cup cup carrots chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 no. thai chili
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • juice of 1 lime


  1. Wash the Poha: In a large sieve or strainer, rinse 2 cups of thick poha under cold water. Drain excess water and set aside.

  2. Prepare Ingredients: Finely chop 1 Thai chili, 1/2 cup carrot, 1/2 cup potato, and 1/2 cup onion. Measure out 1/4 cup sweet green peas.

  3. Heat Oil and Temper Spices: Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp of black mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow the seeds to splutter.

  4. Cook Potatoes: Add the chopped potatoes to the pan. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until they start to soften. If using fresh, add carrots and peas in this step as well.

  5. Add Carrots and Peas: Add the chopped carrots and sweet green peas to the pan. Stir well and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

  6. Incorporate Onions and Spices: Add the chopped onions to the pan. Stirring occasionally, cook until the onions are translucent. Then, add 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of sugar, and salt to taste. Mix well.

  7. Combine with Poha: Add the washed poha to the pan. Gently mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Finish with Lime: Squeeze the juice of 1 lime, mix with 4-5 TBSP of water. Sprinkle over the poha mixture. Stir well to incorporate the lime juice evenly. Turn the heat off. Cover with a lid and let it rest for 5 mins.

  9. Serve: Transfer the Vegetable Poha to serving plates. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves, if desired, and serve hot.

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  1. A foodie in canada from indore. You gave me confidence when u said i can do veggie poha instead of the usual indori poha tht i used to make. A very delighted poha with best of both…taste n nutrition!

    I wud love more of the indori recipes tht r best blend of taste n nutrition!

  2. Hello,
    We love your recipes, especially when its on Poha..
    These are so delicious.
    I have always looked at your blog for the various pictures and the way you write.Just Love it!
    You have shared some nice information about Vegetable Poha in this post.
    The points you mentioned are genuine and perfect.
    The content completely describes about the topic you wanted to portray with us.
    Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

    VentairIndia Team

  3. Hi prernaji, I m reading ur recipes for d 1st time .I m vry much impressed by ur cooking style.hatts off to u.

  4. I love when I see something new in my feed reader from you. Your pictures and accompanying stories are always so stunning.

    I find it fascinating how different breakfast can be around the world. This is so different than the typical American breakfast. It looks like something I would love for lunch!

  5. Gorgeous pics! You can make any simple dish sexy! 😀 Yes, Pohe is altime fav in my house. I also add chopped onions too. btw, which camera do you use, Prerna?

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