Kanda Poha Recipe – How to Make Maharashtrian Kande Pohe Recipe

post modified on August 28

Written by Puja

Kanda Poha Recipe is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast or snack recipe made with beaten rice.

Kanda Poha is a combination of pressed rice, plenty of onions sauteed with a simple tempering of mustard seeds, turmeric powder, green chili, and jeera, garnished with some freshly grated coconut and fresh coriander.

kanda poha recipe

Do you have a fussy eater at home?

If your answer is YES, then you must read on.

It is observed that 3 out of five parents complain about their fussy eater children. Which also means that every house has a fussy eater. In fact, parents have to struggle a lot in order to feed their kids, even if they are not a fussy eater.

Kanda Poha Recipe

And then, if they are a fussy eater then the efforts are all the more high.

We all know that the Consumption of Nutrient-rich food is very important to avoid nutrient deficiencies in the child.

But how can we do that?

So let’s dive in and see those five golden rules you too can follow to feed your fussy eater, just as the way I do to feed my little daughter.

Kanda Poha Recipe

Be the Role Model

Children do, what they see their parent doing.

They are good observers than you can imagine.

So parents, be the mentor to your child. If they see you eating healthy food they will do so. Most importantly avoid ordering food from outside. If at all you are ordering, try to order healthy food as much as possible, stop buying packaged food and cook fresh food at home.

This way your child will get into a habit of consuming homemade food.

Gadget free meal

When we were small, there were no gadgets like what we have today. So kids used to concentrate only on food while eating.

But the situation is completely opposite now. These days most of the parents hand over their mobiles to their kid, not realizing that they are doing a huge mistake. This way kids tend to overeat and do not concentrate on what they are eating.

So make a strict gadget-free policy where neither the kids nor the parents are allowed to use any gadget while having food.

This makes kids aware of what they are eating, build a better bond and also help having a great conversation.

Kanda Poha Recipe

Experiment with food

Just like adults, kids too get bored with eating the same thing every day. Try making the meal interesting and fun.

Try experimenting with different kind of fruits, vegetable or, lentils, and present the food in a way they want to.

Healthy eating habits with the right exercise will help your child be more energetic and good in academics.

Know, Teach and Eat

Try to be creative while explaining to them why a certain food is good for them and how it helps in overall development. Explain your child, what he or she is eating.

Ask your child to help you in the kitchen and ask for suggestions in the cooking process. Kids tend to eat anything they’ve helped you with while cooking.

Kanda Poha Recipe

Say No to baits

Baiting is a common phenomenon among parents to get your children to do certain things that they would otherwise not do.

When it comes to food, the baits are often unhealthy foods. For eg: promises of chocolates if they have their food, is a common bait.

In baiting, what the parents do not realize is that they are building a very bad habit into their child. This also affects the health and the perception of the child.

Avoid baiting at all costs.

Even if your child finishes about half of what you served, that is good enough. Don’t force-feed them or, bait them into finishing the entire food, especially with unhealthy baits.

I hope these tips help you in addressing all the feeding issues with your fussy eaters. Don’t forget to download our kid’s recipes ebook, which has an assorted collection of recipes for your kids.

Onto today’s recipe then.

This week I have a very healthy recipe which I am sure your fussy eater will also like. Let us have a look at the recipe.

Kanda Poha Recipe – How to Make Maharashtrian Kande Pohe Recipe

Poha means beaten rice in Maharashtra and Kanda means onions.
Kanda Poha is an easy, delicious and healthy breakfast recipe, popular in Maharashtra. Kanda Poha is good to pack either for kid’s school lunch box or as a mid-meal snack for yourself.

Kanda Poha can be served along with curd or a cup of tea.

Some more kids recipe you might want to check:

Gur aur Nariyal ka Paratha Recipe

Masala Paniyaram Recipe

Cherry Topped sweet biscuit sandwich

kanda poha recipe

Kanda Poha Recipe

Kanda Poha is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast or snack recipe made with beaten rice.
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Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Puja


  • 2 1/2 cups Thick Poha beaten rice
  • 4 nos Onion medium size (finely chopped)
  • 5-6 nos Green Chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Coconut grated
  • 4-5 tbsp Raw Peanuts
  • 1 no Lemon cut into halves
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Curry Leaves few
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp Oil


  • First of all, take a strainer, add poha into it and wash poha twice and set it aside for about 5-10 minutes and let the water drain out completely.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds, let them splutter.
  • Add curry leaves to it and fry for few seconds.
  • Add peanuts and fry until light brown.
  • Now add onion to it and saute until translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder and asafoetida, saute well.
  • Now add soaked poha to it and mix well. Keep the flame low.
  • Add salt and give it a nice mix.
  • Add sugar and fresh lemon juice and mix everything well.
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until it gets steamed well.
  • Switch off the gas, remove the cover, add freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves and mix.
  • So the Kanda Poha is ready to be served now.


Do not wash poha many times as it turns out soggy.
After washing strain out the water completely from the poha.
Addition of sugar is optional, in Maharashtra sugar is added in traditional poha recipe. Addition of sugar gives this recipe really a nice taste.
Do not use thin poha to make this recipe, instead pick thick poha.
Serve immediately once it is prepared, it turns out to be dry and does not tastes good.


Nutrition Facts
Kanda Poha Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 59mg3%
Potassium 1181mg34%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1384IU28%
Vitamin C 134mg162%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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