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Poha Upma Maharashtrian Style or Kanda Batata Poha is an easy upma recipe where mildly spiced rice flakes are cooked with potatoes and onions and tempered with curry leaves and crunchy peanuts.

Poha Upma Recipe

Poha Upma Maharashtrian

Kanda Batata Pohe is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast dish. Poha/Pohe is flattened rice or rice flakes. Flattened rice is called Atukulu in Telugu and Aval in Tamil. In Marathi, kanda refers to onion and batata is potato. This easy breakfast recipe is a simple and filling dish that comes alive with a blend of flavours.

Poha is a nutritional powerhouse – it is packed with iron and it’s low on gluten. Poha is good for diabetics as it not just makes you feel full, but also releases sugar slowly into the bloodstream. Poha is an excellent source of energy too!

Vegetable Poha Upma Maharashtrian Recipe:

Kanda Batata Poha Upma made with flattened rice is a variation of the traditional suji upma. It’s a simple and wholesome breakfast dish.

How to make Maharashtrian Poha Upma:

1. To make Poha Upma or Aval Upma, wash the Poha 2-3 times and leave it in a colander to drain. Don’t soak or wash the Poha for a long time, otherwise it will turn soggy.

Rice Flakes for pohe upma recipe

Rice Flakes

2. Meanwhile chop the onions, ginger, coriander leaves, potato and green chillies. Grate the coconut, if using.

Ingredients for poha breakfast recipe

Upma Ingredients

3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the peanuts. Remove and keep aside. Add the diced potato pieces and fry till golden brown. Remove excess oil and keep aside.

Fry potatoes for rice flakes upma recipe

Fried Potato Pieces

4. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli and curry leaves. Sauté. Add grated ginger, chopped onions and green chillies. Sauté till the onions turn pink.

Saute onions for potato poha recipe

Poha seasoning

5. Add green peas, asafoetida, turmeric, salt and sugar. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add green peas for flattened rice Recipe

Add Green peas

6. Stir in the Pohe, peanuts and fried potatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Upma recipe with poha

Add rice flakes

7. Remove the kanda poha from the stove and sprinkle some lemon juice on top. Mix well.

Aval Upma Recipe

Aval Upma

8. Garnish spicy poha with chopped coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut.

Maharashtrian Kanda Batata Pohe Recipe

Kanda Batata Pohe

9. Enjoy delicious Kanda Batata Upma Maharashtrian style with a bowl of curd. What a great way to start your day!

Atukula Upma Recipe

Maharashtrian Pohe

If you are looking for authentic Maharashtrian recipes, do try out Pav Bhaji Masala and Dried Fruit Burfi.

How To Make Batata Onion Poha details below:

Aloo Poha Upma Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Maharashtrian Kanda Batata Pohe Upma is a quick breakfast recipe which can be whipped up in a jiffy. This simple poha recipe Indian style made with rice flakes is both nutritious and yummy and makes for a great tea-time snack too!
Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Servings: 3
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Poha/Rice Flakes – 2 cups
  • Onion – 1 large
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Potato – 1 large
  • Peas – 1/3 cup
  • Peanuts – ¼ cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Curry leaves – a handful
  • Grated coconut optional – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  1. For this vegatable poha recipe, wash Poha under running water about 3-4 times and leave it to drain in a colander.
  2. Finely chop the onion, green chillies, ginger and coriander leaves. Peel and cut the potato into small pieces. Grate coconut.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the peanuts. Remove.
  4. Add the chopped potato and fry until light brown. Drain and remove.
  5. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the pan. Once they start to splutter, add curry leaves, chopped ginger, red chillies and sauté.
  6. Add the onions and green chillies and sauté till onions turn translucent.
  7. Put in the peas, asafoetida, turmeric, salt and sugar. Mix well.
  8. Add the fried potatoes and Poha. Combine well and cook for 2-3 minutes till all the flavours are nicely absorbed. Stir gently to prevent the Poha from clumping. Remove.
  9. Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander and peanuts.
  10. Serve Kanda Batata Poha with a sprinkling of freshly grated coconut.


Poha Upma Recipe Maharashtrian | Kanda Batata Poha With Rice Flakes
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

  One Response to “Poha Upma Recipe Maharashtrian | Kanda Batata Poha With Rice Flakes”

  1. My favorite breakfast dish is pohe and upama.Because of its spicy taste,nice smell and its nutrition value.

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