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Protein-rich Poha (flattened Rice)
Protein-rich Poha (flattened rice)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Washed poha resting time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Easy to digest, full of flavors,  this savory flattened rice Indian dish offers a lot on a morning breakfast plate or pair it with a hearty soup or salad for lunch. 

Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Poha
Difficulty:: Easy
Active cooktime: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Traffic Light Cook
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 cup rice flakes (beaten rice, thick variety, preferably brown)
  • 1 cup sprouted moong lentils (about 1/4 cup dry)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds*
  • 1 green chilli** (deseeded, finely chopped or slit in half)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste, preferably no more than 3/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste, can sub with red chili powder)
  • 1 onion (medium, scant one cup, chopped)
  • 1 potato (medium, boiled and cubed)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (can sub with equal amount of sugar or gur)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 cup cilantro (fresh, finely chopped)
  1. Rinse beaten rice in a colander or sieve under running water till every grain of rice is wet. Transfer poha to a flat-bottom pan or plate and cover with a wet kitchen towel (or paper towel) and let it sit for at least 10 minutes but no more than 12 minutes. Start this process 10-12 minutes before the next step. 

  2. Heat oil in a wide-mouth frying pan, wok, or kadahi. Add mustard seeds and chopped green chili. When mustard seeds stop sputtering add onion,  turmeric, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook onion until soft--about 2-3 minutes. Add a few drops of water if it starts sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once onion is soft, add sprouted moong, cayenne pepper, and boiled, cubed potato and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Stir well to coat potato with the mixture (about 2 minutes). Moong should be slightly soft, but still have a bite to it. 

  3. Add pre-soaked beaten rice and stir to mix well. Add maple syrup and finely chopped cilantro and mix well. Turn off the heat and add fresh lemon juice. Enjoy poha with ketchup or cilantro-mint chutney

Recipe Notes

*add 1/2 tsp more if you like your poha a little heavy on mustard seed taste.

**you can add one more chili if you like spicier poha; however, too many chilies can drown out the mustard taste. 


Add peanuts: you can also add dry-roasted peanuts as garnish. 

Add tomato: add a coarsely-chopped tomato in the last two minutes of cooking. 

Add non-sprouted lentils: soak lentils overnight and cook in water enough to cover. Cook till soft but not mushy. Drain and add instead of sprouted lentils. Yellow split moong and whole brown lentils (saaboot masoor) works really well. 

No potatoes--if avoiding potatoes, this recipe taste just as great without adding spuds.

Nutrition Facts
Protein-rich Poha (flattened rice)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 460mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 5%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.