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Indori Poha Recipe | Steamed red rice poha

Light and fluffy, Indori poha recipe is a signature Indian breakfast dish. Made with steamed red rice poha, a light tempering of chilies and spices, and topped with a crunchy mix; it is healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy meal ideas, poha recipe, Rice recipes
Servings: 2
Calories: 196kcal


  • 1 cup red rice poha (flattened rice)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 green chili , chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves , fresh or dried
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • 6-7 stalks fresh coriander leaves , chopped
  • 10-12 roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup masala boondi
  • ¼ cup pomegranate kernels
  • 1 tsp jeeravan powder (see recipe description above for how to make your own jeeravan powder)
  • 1 lime


  • Wash the red rice poha in a colander or steamer plate and keep aside.*
  • Put water for boiling in a pot big enough for your colander to sit on top or in your steamer vessel.
  • In a small pan, heat oil and temper it with cumin seeds, green chilies, and curry leaves. Add them in that order.
  • Add the tempering to the washed poha along with salt and turmeric. Mix lightly with a fork or using your fingers. Be careful not to break or mash the poha.
  • Put the colander on top of boiling water and cover on top. Steam for about 15 minutes.
  • Mix in half of the chopped onions, coriander leaves, and drizzle lime juice.
  • Serve on a plate and top with boondi, onions, jeeravan powder, coriander leaves, pomegranate seeds, and peanuts.
  • Serve hot with a slice of lime on the side. In Indore, poha is usually served with a side of sweet jalebis!


    *Flattened rice absorbs water very quickly and will become soggy if you soak them. Normally just washing the poha helps to soften them. But if you have a very thick variety of flattened rice then it might require to soak them for just a couple minutes.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.7g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 12.9g