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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Being a food lover that I am, I love waking up to the prospect of enjoying something healthy and delicious before I start my day. It’s strange that my mind has been anticipating about the endless possibilities since I am the one who cooks breakfast. But still, I get excited anyway.

So in my post of Jeeravan Masala (जीरावन मसाला) recipe, I had mentioned my recent trip to Indore and how fascinating the street called Chhappan Dukan (छप्पन दुकान ) is. I got the very first taste of the famous Indori Poha (इंदौरी पोहा) which I had been hearing a lot about. Believe me when I say that it was worth all the hype.

Indori Poha is amazing; it’s light and has a lavish list of garnishing ingredients. The ritual of serving poha with jalebi is prevalent in Indore as it is in a North-Indian city of Kanpur. The poha jalebi duo is absolutely unconquerable. All the breakfast places near me had people flocking them while returning from work to enjoy snacks with their colleagues and friends. It was an endearing sight; watching people’s faces lighten up as they tasted the very first morsel of the food that they probably relished every day.

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The Indori folks love their Namkeen. Life of an Indori would come to a standstill should Ratlami sev (रतलामी सेव) and charkhi nukti (चरखी नुक्ती) cease to exist. For the uninitiated, charkhi nukti is savory boondi (बूंदी); tiny, crispy, fried pearls of chickpea batter sprinkled with salt and red chili. Also, Poha in English is called beaten rice or rice flakes.

So, the Indori Poha recipe is less about actual cooking as it’s about assembly. A simple, aromatic tempering is what the Poha needs. You fix a platter by adorning hot poha with jeeravan masala, sev, boondi, onions, pomegranate, some grated carrot, and a squeeze of lime or lemon. Serve it with garma garam jalebi and it’s a party in your mouth! It’s safe to say that Indori Poha has made it’s way to the list of my favorite brekfast dishes.

You can check out the jeeravan masala recipe here. It’s a really simple recipe and no store-bought jeeravan masala comes close to it. If you love poha for breakfast and for a light dinner just like I do, check out my other delicious poha recipes.

  • Maharashtrian style Kanda Batata Poha that has onions and potatoes in it. It’s really filling and super easy to fix.
  • Dadpe pohe is a fusion between the Maharashtrian and the Karnataki cuisines. The poha isn’t actually cooked, but just tempered with sandgi mirchi and the usual cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
  • Veg poha recipe gives a healthy twist to your regular poha with seasonal veggies like green peas and carrots.

Here a funny thing. A pop song called DJ Wale Babu by Badshah feat. Aastha had released a couple of years ago. It got so popular because of its upbeat music, eccentric lyrics, and over the top grandeur that many YouTubers made a parody of it. One of the parodies was beyond hilarious. A YouTuber who goes by the name Rajiv Nema from Indore created a parody that pays a tribute to the iconic Indori Poha. It got stuck in my head so tight that I was determined to take a trip to Indore.

Now let’s see how to make this colorful, beautiful, and easy breakfast recipe that is Indori Poha.

How to Make Indori Poha – A Vegetarian Breakfast Recipe

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Indori Poha Recipe
 
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Indori Poha – A famous breakfast dish from Indore consisting of simple poha garnished generously with jeeravan, pomegranate, onion, sev, and boondi. It is traditionally served with some jalebi, an Indian sweet.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For Making the Poha
  • Poha/Beaten rice flakes – 2 & ½ cups, thick variety
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds/Saunf – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida/Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies – 2, chopped
For the Garnish
  • Jeeravan Masala (Recipe here)
  • Pomegranate
  • Lal teekha sev or Ratlami sev
  • Teekhi boondi/Charkhi Nukti
  • Nylon sev
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped cilantro/Coriander leaves
  • Grated carrot
  • Lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Take poha in a colander or a large sieve. Rinse it gently with drinking water. Let it stand for a few minutes so that the excess water would drain.
  2. In the meanwhile, prepare the tempering for poha by heating 2 tbsp oil in a skillet. Toss in the mustard seeds. Once they splutter, toss in the cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  3. Add the asafetida and then saunf/fennel seeds. Sauté for a few seconds.
  4. Add the green chilies.
  5. Finally, add the poha, salt, sugar, and turmeric.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. The color of the turmeric will darken.
  8. Poha is ready. Serve it hot onto a plate. Sprinkle a generous amount of jeeravan (Recipe here). Garnish with teekhi boondi/charkha nukti, teekha sev, onion and pomegranate. Squeeze some lemon juice to taste. Indori Poha is ready. Enjoy!

indori poha recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Gather the ingredients for Indori Poha. For tempering, you will need ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf, ¼ tsp asafetida, 2 green chilies finely chopped, and 2 tbsp oil. For seasoning, you will need salt to tsaet, ½ tsp turmeric powder and 1 tbsp sugar.

indori poha recipe ingredients


Step 2

For garnish, finely chop some onion, and fresh cilantro/coriander leaves, and grate some carrot. You will need jeeravan masala, lemon juice, and pomegranate.

indori poha recipe ingredients


Step 3

Some namkeen such as teekha sev, teekhi boondi/charkha nukti, nylon sev is indispensable for garnishing the Indori Poha.

indori poha recipe ingredients


Step 4

Take 2 & ½ cups thick poha/dagdi poha in a colander or a large sieve. Rinse it gently with drinking water. Let it stand for a few minutes so that the excess water would drain.

making indori poha recipe


Step 5

In the meanwhile, prepare the tempering for poha by heating 2 tbsp oil in a skillet. Toss in the mustard seeds. Once they splutter, toss in the cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

making indori poha recipe


Step 6

Add the asafetida and then saunf/fennel seeds. Sauté for a few seconds.

making indori poha recipe


Step 7

Add the green chilies. Sauté for a few seconds until aromatic.

making indori poha recipe


Step 8

Finally, add the poha, salt, sugar, and turmeric.

making indori poha recipe


Step 9

Mix well.

making indori poha recipe vegetarian breakfast recipe


Step 10

Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. The color of the turmeric will darken.

making indori poha recipe


Step 11

Poha is ready. Serve it hot onto a plate. Sprinkle a generous amount of jeeravan masala (Recipe here). Garnish with teekhi boondi/charkha nukti, teekha sev, onion and pomegranate. Squeeze some lemon juice to taste. Indori Poha is ready. Enjoy!

vegetarian breakfast recipe poha garnished with sev, boondi, onions, pomegranate and jeeravan to make indian breakfast recipe of indori poha

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Anitha Murugan
    June 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Indori poha is looking spectacular..so colorful .. i bet it tasted great..

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Anitha. Yes, it tasted spectacular and the entire poha was polished of by my family within minutes after I was done taking pictures. 😀

  • Reply
    Sarita Verma
    June 21, 2017 at 9:23 am

    What a hilarious video! LOL..I had no idea there was something like this … i love that part where he puts ‘4’ near his ear..
    Your indori poha looks very good..delicious..

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Haha, I love that part too. I am glad you like this post. Thanks for visiting Flavouroma. 🙂

  • Reply
    Pranjal Kanojia
    July 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    the poha platter luks perfct..yum

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Pranjal.

  • Reply
    vijay mukhi
    August 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    i love the assortment of munchies you have there.. jalebi n poha is such a yummy combo..great recipe..

  • Reply
    Rakesh Shah
    September 3, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Superlike!

  • Reply
    niharika mehta
    September 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    perfect poha recipe! mast hai!

  • Reply
    Mukti godbole
    September 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Aapki recipe perfect hai… Khane me bohot swad hai.

  • Reply
    Rajashri godbole
    September 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Aapne toh dil jeet lia humara, badhiya recipe hai.

  • Reply
    sonali borkar
    November 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    wow! chaat ko kadi takkar hai yeh!

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Haha! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Jinal Shah
    January 25, 2018 at 3:42 am

    That’s the most beautiful Indori Poha I have ever seen! Kudos to you! Lovely recipe 🙂 I am going to try.

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Harshada P
    February 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    great presentation..yumyy

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  • Reply
    Shilpi H
    February 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    i made this 2day n luved it.. had it wid jalebi jst like u.. thanks for the rcp

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Shilpi. Thank you for trying the recipe and I am glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Reply
    priya K
    March 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    gorgeous looking indori poha and stunning presentation.. loved it

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Priya 🙂

  • Reply
    Nikita Chawla
    March 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    indori poha looks stunning..n that video was so funny..hahahaha..thanks for sharing.. loved this post 😀

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 18, 2018 at 5:54 am

      Hi Nikita. Thank you. I found it funny too and the parody stuck with me. 🙂

  • Reply
    Foodie Panda
    March 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

    cool recipe..awesome

  • Reply
    mani sudhakar
    May 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    i am literally drooling right now.. i want that poha and jalebi..looks so tasty

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 12, 2018 at 3:47 am

      Thanks Mani 🙂

  • Reply
    poonam bohra
    May 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    tempting platter. looks very colorful and inviting.

  • Reply
    Yashya
    July 26, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful presentation. I wish I could grab that poha platter from my screen lol.. so tempting

  • Reply
    ratna saikia
    August 3, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    so tempting and beautiful picture.. perfect setting <3

  • Reply
    vidisha
    October 25, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    i love indori poha i made your recipe .it turned out really good. everyone in the family enjoyed it. thnks

  • Reply
    priyavardhan
    January 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    so yummy. ossam clicks

  • Reply
    Arya J
    January 24, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Hi Monica. After trying your dhaba chicken recipe, this one is next on my list. Will let you know once I make it. Thx

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 26, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Arya. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Reply
    supriya khadilkar
    April 10, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    fabulous!

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