Thursday, November 1, 2018

Indori Poha

Indori poha is a famous street food and breakfast dish of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This poha so much different from the typical Maharashtrian version. The difference lies in the way it is prepared and served. Fennel seeds are added which gives a nice aroma and sweet flavor to the dish. Indori poha is usually topped with raw onion, pomegranate seeds, peanuts and Sev.  It is also served with Jalebi.

For this month's "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" event, we have chosen the theme of Madhya Pradesh cuisine. My partner for this month is Vidya Narayan who gave me Fennel and Peanuts as my secret ingredients and I made this poha for the event. I had given her Masoor Dal and Garlic, of which she made an authentic MP dish "Indrahar Ki Kadhi". Vidya blogs at Masala Chilli. Do browse her blog for a collection of delicious recipes.


  1. Poha/Flattened rice (medium thickness)- 2 cups
  2. Onion - 1 finely chopped
  3. Curry leaves - few
  4. Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  5. Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Green chilli - 2 or as per your spice level
  8. Peanuts - a handful
  9. Cilantro - little for garnishing
  10. Lemon - 1
  11. Salt - to taste
  12. Sugar - 1 teaspoon
  13. Oil - 1 tablespoon
  1. Wash and soak poha in water for a minute. Drain the water completely and set aside. Soaking for longer time will make the poha mushy. If you are using thick poha, then you might have to soak for around 5 minutes. 
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil and saute peanuts till they are golden brown. Fish out the peanuts and set aside in a plate.
  3. To the same oil, splutter mustard seeds, followed by fennel seeds. 
  4. Saute onion till they turn translucent.
  5. Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Give it a good mix.
  6. Add soaked poha, salt to taste and sugar. Mix well and cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
  7. Finally add roasted peanuts, chopped cilantro and a teaspoon of lemon juice.



  1. This looks yummy! Easy yet filling and delicious dish that one can have for breakfast or as a snack. :)

  2. Delicious poha.. I make it very often as everyone at home loves it.

  3. The poha looks absolutely tempting!

  4. Very comforting all time favourite bfast r dinner option for me.. Urs look inviting

  5. Can have a plate of this delicious poha rite now, anytime favourite dish.

  6. So comforting... I was ready with my spoon for the close up image.

  7. Poha makes a healthy and delicious it anytime...your poha looks absolutely delicious

  8. Poha is such a versatile and easy to make breakfast dish! I also made Indori poha for this month, but slightly differently. Isn't it amazing how the same ingredient can be cooked in so many ways! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Every region North of the Vindhyas has its own version of Poha (not that the south is far behind). Indori Poha has achieved justifiably achieved an iconic status and that is seen in the popularity of the dish this month.

  10. one of my favourite breakfast preparations...with lemon and a lil sev and you are done

  11. Poha is one of my favorite and weekend must have breakfast. This looks delicious

  12. same pinch Anu, Poha looks so mouthwatering. It is one such comforting dish which is loved by all. Hot poha with all garnishing is just yumm

  13. Looks so tempting, I never get bored of poha actually. Nice share

  14. Perfect breakfast dish. Easy and quick to make yet delicious. Your looks mouthwatering. Topping with peanut and lemon sounds super tempting. Lovely share.

  15. Perfect breakfast dish for us. So simple and yet so yummy.Lovely share.

  16. The Indori Poha looks refreshing, bright and tasty. I must try it your way the next time I make Poha. I don't usually add fennel and I also like the idea of adding pomegranate. Lovely share, Anu!

  17. I love poha and the indori version looks absolutely delicious

  18. Can never say no to this breakfast dish. It's my family favourite.ypurs looks super tempting !