Indori Poha - Madhya Pradesh

In our Indian food Odyssey we are in Madhya Pradesh today,a Central province state situated in Central India.
This state has a nick name'Heart of India'due to its geographical location in India and its the second largest state in the country by area.
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes are popular and street foods are very common.
Poha with jalebi is a breakfast dish  and its a popular street food combo too.
The poha is a healthy dish made along with veggies and can be topped with sev, fresh pomegranate seeds,onion and peanuts.
I adapted the recipe from here and here,as I don't have pomegranate I used the thin sev and peanuts for the topping and we had it as an evening snack. Lets.Lets move on to the recipe..................................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~2 (generously)


Flattened rice/poha/aval(thick)2 cups
Potato (diced)1
Onion(finely chopped)1 (medium size)
Green chilly/pachamilagai3 (finely chopped)
Coconut(grated)2 tsp
Peanuts/ver kadalai2 tbs
Cashews/mundiri2 tbs
Mustard seeds/kadugu1 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu1 tsp
Salt1-11/4 tsp
Coriander leaves1 tbs(chopped)
Oil1 tbs
Sugar1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4 tsp
Lemon juice1 tsp

For Garnishing

Coconut(grated)1 tsp
Sevas needed
Raisinsas needed


  • Soak the flattened rice/poha in water for couple of minute and drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat pan with oil and do the tempering with mustard seeds,add in the chopped green chilly,fennel seeds and peanuts,cashews.
  • Saute the onion till transparent and add in the diced potato and mix it well.
  • Sprinkle a tbs of water and cook it covered till the potato cooked till soft.
  • Add in the salt and turmeric powder.
  • Now add the soaked and drained poha and mix it well,cook it covered in a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the grated coconut,lemon juice and give it a mix.
  • Garnish it with sev,coriander leaves and peanuts.


  • Garnishing is personal preference,you can use pom seeds,sev,finely chopped onion and coriander leaves.
  • Do not soak the poha for a long time otherwise it may turn mushy.


Give me that plate, i want to finish this filling poha..

easy snack and a healthy option too! love to have the whole plate without any guilt

Love poha especially with sev sprinkled over the top

sev sprinkled on top adds so much beauty and so much texture to the dish... perfect breakfast poha!!

one of the healthiest breakfast that crunch on top..lovely clcks.

Woow.. Healthy and guilt free dish!!! yumm.

wonderful to have it...

Awesome snaps as usual. Poha looks so irresisitible...

beautiful pictures.. lovely yellow.. poha makes an easy and quick tiffen

Such lovely clicks!..very well made and presented nalini..

this is one I must try soon - looks so appetizing

Same pinch Nalini. I made this too and really loved the poha with all the garnishes.

Can I come over for some delicious poha. Your pics are yum.

Yummy poha! I don't if I mentioned it but I love that green wooden board as a background. Nice pictures.

Simple yet yummy. Have bookmarked this dish after seeing a few versions in BM for the MP state.

I love poha and jalebi a combo a lot and this indori poha version sounds very interesting dear :) I wud love to finish the bowl on my own ..

Nice dish for the state. I wanted to make this but made something else. Clicks look so tempting Nalini...

Hi Nalini, Loved your blog! We have put a backlink to this recipe from one of our blog posts, you can check it out here :
Keep up the good work! :)

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