Onion Potato Poha | Kanda Batata Poha

Onion Potato Poha | Kanda Batata Poha | Easy Breakfast Recipe

Poha is one of the healthiest breakfast item. This is popularly known as kanda poha (onion poha). Originally it’s a popular maharashtrian food item. However this is equally loved in other parts as well.

What is poha?

Poha is a term used for flattened rice. This is actually rice that is parboiled, rolled and flattened. Then it’s dried to flakes. These flakes are used in various dishes in Indian cuisine.

Is Poha good for health?

Poha is low in calorie. It contains 76% carb and 23% fat. So it’s a good source of carbohydrates, iron, rich in fiber and a good source of antioxidants. This is gluten free and allergen free also.

It’s easily digestible and doesn’t cause bloating. This is light on stomach. But it keeps you full for longer and gives feelings of satiety.

This onion potato poha or kanda batata poha is similar to the authentic kanda poha except for the potatoes I love to add. Adding potatoes makes the breakfast more filling.

This makes an wonderful kid’s tiffin box recipe as well. Poha is excellent food for toddlers as well. It’s carb content provide necessary energy to our little stars.

maharashtrian poha

I add potatoes and green peas to my poha. Fried peanuts are also important ingredient of poha. You can add grated coconut. However I don’t like coconut on poha so i have not added it.

Rather I like to sprinkle some bhujia sev or finely chopped tomato and onion on top of it. Well this is called as kanda poha because onion or kanda is the main ingredient in this recipe.

This onion and potato poha is excellent breakfast or tiffin box recipe for kids because poha is high in carbohydrate. So it helps in creating energy for our super-active kids. Also poha is easily absorbed and easily digestible. So it keeps tummy happy and full for longer.


If you are looking for easy and healthy breakfast recipes, read spinach corn sandwich, cheesy potato sandwich, vermicelli or semiya pulao, vegetable upma, aloo matar poha, masala dosa, bread roll, aloo paratha, aloo kachori, gobi paratha, veg mughlai paratha recipe on blog.

Tips to prepare perfect onion and potato poha / kanda batata poha

1. Poha is one of the simplest recipe. It doesn’t require much preparation and hard work. Only thing you need to do is wash poha and leave it on a colander or stariner for 5 minutes. This will soften the poha flakes.

2. But don’t soak in water. Just wash it off and spread on a dry plate or colander or strainer.

3. If you will soak it in water, then it will be moist with excess water while cooking. in such case dish will be mushy and this will spoil the taste of it. Poha should be fluffy and soft.

4. If you feel it’s not wet enough (and soft) and little stiff, sprinkle some more water and keep aside for 2 – 3 minutes before adding anything.

5. I shallow fry peanuts first and then remove them from oil and add in the end. I do this because, by the time potatoes gets cooked, peanuts will be burnt and will not taste good.

6. Another thing I do, After adding mustard seeds I add chopped potatoes and cook on low flame for 5 minutes or till it’s cooked. Then I add onion and saute. Else by the time potatoes get cooked, my onion turns brown and I don’t like that burnt onions in my poha. Otherwise you can use boiled potato cubes for this recipe.

7. Add lemon juice for better taste. I like this which finely chopped onion and tomatoes on top of it. garnish with handful of coriander leaves.

Recipe Card for Kanda Batata Poha

Onion & Potato Poha

This traditional onion & potato poha is easy to make breakfast recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 158kcal
Author daintykitchen


  • 1 cup Poha / Flattened Rice
  • 5 tbsp Refined Oil
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Potatoes peeled & diced
  • 8 - 10 Curry Leaves
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice


  • Take 1 cup of poha and wash it properly and keep it aside for 2 minutes till it's soft and fluffy. Then add salt (as per taste) and turmeric powder to the washed poha and mix gently.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry the peanuts till little brownish and then remove from oil.
  • In the same pan add mustard seeds to hot oil and let it splutter.
  • After that add curry leaves, green chillies and onion into it. Saute for a minute. No need to brown onions first. Add diced potato and cover with lid. Keep on low flame.
  • Once potatoes are properly cooked, add poha. Give it a nice stir.
  • In the end add fried peanuts, coriander leaves and lemon juice in it.
  • Turn off heat and cover with a lid for 2 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle some sev bhujia and serve hot.

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