Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe
Miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Seas, rivers, lakes. Crooked mountain roads that make you feel you are on a roller coaster instead of in a car. Breathlessly grand mansions. The birthplace of a man whose message of peace and nonviolence resonates to this day, more than 40 years since he was assassinated, and the birthplace of a television icon. A dear friend. Harley Davidsons on the highway. And four statehouses, each more beautiful than the last.That, in a nutshell, is where Desi and I were for the last eight days, doing one of the things we love most: taking a road trip.For all the years we have lived in this country, we have been in love with this wonderful American tradition. Before we got our large family of critters, Desi and I would hop into our car almost every weekend to explore some part of the country, obscure or popular. Over the past seven years since we expanded our family the road trips have become fewer in number but that doesn’t mean we don’t try to escape at the first available chance.

This time we made a visit to the home of a friend, Navami, who lives in Atlanta, the focus of our road trip. But to get to her and back home we charted a route through seven cities, including four state capitols (Desi collects those with a historian-newsman’s zeal :)).

I will tell you more about the trip in subsequent posts because there’s so much to tell, but today I wanted to post a recipe for a delicious breakfast dish that Navami made for us when we were staying with her and that is one of my favorites. Kande Pohe.

In my semi-Maharashtrian home I grew up eating this delicious savory dish for breakfast at least once or twice a week. Trust me, there is no way you can go wrong with this one, it’s so easy to make. Even better, it takes just minutes.

Pohe (in Marathi) are basically flattened rice grains that are cooked into a slightly al dente texture in this dish. Kande, also a Marathi word, refers to onions. You can add all sorts of delicious veggies to make this dish even more delicious, but the most popular are green peas and potatoes.

I didn’t get the recipe from Navami but I am just going to post mine because it tasted the same (the pictures are of her dish).

It’s good to be back with you. Enjoy, everyone!
Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe
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A delicious everyday breakfast dish or snack made with flattened rice (pohe) and a few simple spices. This is a popular recipe from Maharashtra, the land of my mother.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups pohe or flattened rice (you can find these at any Indian grocery store. Make sure you use the thick variety, not the thin, for this dish)
  • 1 large red onion, minced
  • 1 cup green peas, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • 1 large potato, diced finely and zapped in a microwave with 1 tbsp water until tender, abour 3-4 minutes
  • 2 green chillies, minced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A generous pinch of asafetida (hing), optional
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp canola oil or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut, optional (for garnish)
  1. Put the pohe in a colander and wash under running water. Set aside. (Don’t do this until you are ready to begin sauteing the onions because you don’t want the pohe to turn mushy. They shouldn’t sit more than 10 minutes after being soaked.)
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the asafetida and mustard. When they sputter, add the onions, green chillies and curry leaves.
  3. Saute the onions until they are translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the turmeric, stir in, then add the pohe, potatoes, tomatoes and green peas. Stir well and saute until the pohe are warmed through.
  5. Add the sugar and lemon juice and salt to taste. Turn off heat.
  6. Garnish with the coconut, if using, and the coriander leaves.
  7. Serve hot.
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14 thoughts on “Kande Pohe

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    October 9, 2009 at 6:23pm

    I loooove road trips … we do set off for the beaches on the Konkan coast very often. And I loooove kanda poha. Have never tried it with hing and tomatoes Vaishali … this weekend breakfast will be this. :-)

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    Jaya Wagle

    October 9, 2009 at 6:56pm

    Welcome back Vaishali. I did get a good picture of your road trip since I was in Atlanta recently.
    Love the kanda poha. You are right, it is such an integral part of a Maharashtrian home. And there are so many subtle variations of it as well.

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    October 9, 2009 at 7:56pm

    I am with you with the Road Trip:-) we drove from NJ to Texas with an infant:-D the kids have loving it too & really look forward to any trip we are planning. My dream is to go coast to coast in an RV one day!! Drive down to Texas Vaishali.

    Now i am all ready for some garma garam poha on this we gray day.

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    Jaya Wagle

    October 9, 2009 at 8:25pm

    Vaishai, this is in re to Soma’s. Do drive down/ fly down to Texas. We both live in the same town and would love to host you and Desi.

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    October 9, 2009 at 11:06pm

    Delicious pohe…I have never tried making this at home though I did taste it a couple of times at my friends…this makes a filling breakfast :)

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    October 10, 2009 at 5:06am

    This means I DID miss your visit to Atlanta, I should surprise Navami and make this dish for her really soon. Shhh.

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    October 10, 2009 at 7:15am

    welcome back… and I have heard that this is a staple Maharashtrian breakfast… must try it soon :)

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    October 11, 2009 at 2:25am

    Ah! The typical Maharashtrian delight:). I love these and we make them so often because of the ease of courseL:). Your road trips sounds amazing!

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    December 23, 2009 at 4:48pm

    Just made this for brunch…my 1st time making poha…LOVED it…and it was soooo simple! :)

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