Poha in Instant Pot / Flattened Rice Stir Fry / "कांदे-पोहे": Homestyle Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Homestyle Breakfast - Poha in Instant Pot / "कांदे-पोहे"

Hello Foodies,
         Made this golden beauty, "Poha"(The Most Popular Indian Breakfast) using an instant pot and happy with the outcome. It was a super-duper hit and took 7 minutes from start to finish. Poha is a staple and much-loved breakfast, or brunch dish in the Maharashtrian household. It is filling and light on the stomach. Poha has several variants in different parts of the country. The light sweetness and quick cooking time of poha make them a perfect breakfast dish. It is also probiotic and rich in iron.

 Traditionally it is known as Kanda-Poha, Kanda means onion and poha means Flattened or beaten rice. Today I have made poha without onion, potato or any vegetables. But sometimes I do add finely chopped veggies like carrots, green peas, french beans, and sweetcorns. In Maharashtrian arranged marriage culture, Kanda-Poha ceremony used to be a phrase when elders fix the marriage between the two people. I have my own hilarious and some funny stories about arranged marriage fixings and Kanda-Poha😜, but that is a story for another time. Poha can be prepared as breakfast or snacks.
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 Whether you like to eat it with peanuts and curry leaves or whether you love to munching the chivda for evening snacks.

         Poha is a tasty, healthy breakfast or brunch or snacks. You can quickly get this flattened or beaten rice from any Indian grocery stores. Since they are dried, they can be stored for a long time. They come as thick and thin variety, and for this recipe, I have used thick ones. Thin one will immediately go all lumpy and mushy. Poha easily absorbs liquids and become instantly edible. Before I get Instant Pot I used to prepare poha in a pan, but since brought Instant Pot I am steaming poha in instant pot, and all the procedure takes 7 minutes from start to end. This is vegan, gluten-free, and no onion-no garlic breakfast or brunch recipe. 

Tips for soaking the Flattened/Beaten Rice/Poha:
  • Rinse poha in water and let it soak for 2-3 Minutes. 
  • After 2-3 Minutes, when the poha can be mashed between your fingers, that means it is ready.
  • Or you can wash poha till it gets wet in a strainer. There should be enough moisture in the poha to be fluffy and not mushy or too dry.
  • If you are soaking the poha, then do not soak the poha in water for more than 3 minutes.

           So all of these are my tips to make perfect poha for you guys. I hope these tips will help you as well. 

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes; Cooking Time:2 Minutes.
Each Serving of Poha / Flattened Rice Stir Fry Contains 164 Cal.

  • Poha 2 Cups(I have used thick poha here)
  • Turmeric 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Water as needed

To Temper Poha:
  • Oil 2 Tsp
  • Cumin-mustard seeds 1 Tsp
  • Curry leaves 8-10
  • Peanuts 2 Tbsp
  • Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lemon slices/Juice for serving (optional)

To Cook flattened rice/poha in Instant Pot:
  • Wash poha under tap water(or rinse poha in water and let it soak for 2-3 minutes), and then drain the excess water.
  • Add washed flattened rice into a mixing bowl.
  • Now add turmeric, salt, and combine all well.
  • Transfer the mixture into the pan.
  • Add 2 cups of water into the insert of the Instant Pot and place the pan with the trivet.
  • Close the lid and steam it for 2 minutes.
  • Open the lid and take the pan out.

To Temper the flattened rice/poha:
  • In a pan heat oil and fry peanuts, till they become a crispy and light golden color.
  • Add fried peanuts into the cooked poha.
  • Meanwhile, splutter cumin-mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
  • Add green chilies and fry them and pour tempering to the cooked poha.
  • Add Coriander leaves mix all well.
  • Poha/pohe is ready to serve, sprinkle some lemon juice and serve with piping hot tea. Enjoy!!!

My Take:
  • You can make poha healthier and more nutritious by cooking it in olive oil and by adding veggies.
  • You can add onion or any other veggies too(like potatoes, green peas, sweetcorn and many more).
  • You can make it protein-rich by throwing in some soya bean chunks.
  • You can fry peanuts ahead of time too.
  • You can add cooked chickpeas or chana dal to the poha.
  • If you like yogurt in your poha, add a scoop of plain yogurt right before serving.

Dietary Comment :
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • It makes 3 Cups of Poha Servings.
  • Per serving contains 164 calories, along with 21.9 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 6.6 g fats, and 4.5 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 

Health Benefits of Poha / Flattened Rice:
  • A good probiotic.
  • Good source of healthy carbs.
  • Easily digestible, as it is light on the stomach.
  • Controls blood sugar levels, so considered a good meal for people with diabetes.
  • Low in calories.

Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat poha for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or evening snacks.
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