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Vegetable Oats Poha – Quick & Easy Indian Breakfast Recipe

Vegetable Oats Poha – Quick & Easy Indian Breakfast Recipe

Poha – my all-time favorite Indian breakfast. A delicacy of Maharashtra that has gained popularity in other parts of the country too. Everyone has their own unique way to make it and honestly, this is one dish that tastes good in any way you make it.

It is often served for breakfast. It is the quickest of all the Indian breakfasts and very easy to make. And the best part – it literally gets ready in 10 minutes (not vegetable Poha). This dish is very light on your stomach and keeps you full for a long time. You can make it with just a simple tempering (with no veggies) or can add different veggies of your choice too (as given in the recipe card). Customize it as you like it.

Story Time

My mom is an amazing home chef. She would watch all kinds of cookery shoes and then try those recipes at home too. She was always very enthusiastic about learning recipes from different parts of the world. That is why I have grown up eating many different kinds of recipes – from South Indian Idli to Vada Pav, from Chowmein to Tehri. Poha was also our family favorite. We would eat it for breakfast or sometimes for dinner too when we want to eat something light and tasty.

On the other hand, Jatin never had Poha until he met me and visited me when I was living in Gujrat. That was the first time I introduced him to the delicious world of Poha. He loved it. He loved it so much that when we got married, we would make it almost every single day for breakfast. Literally! It was easy, simple, light, and tasty too. Oh boy, those were the memories. When he made it for the first time, he did not know how to make it and it turned out into a savory Halwa 😀 But I still had it. C’mon, it is Poha.

What is Poha?

Poha is a savory dish from the land of Maharashtra, India. It has gained popularity in other parts of India too and every region has its unique way to make it. Indori Poha is similar to Maharashtrian Poha but still different. Poha is quite popular in Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat too. Some make it sweet and some make it spicy. It is often served over breakfast with a hot cup of chai.

The main ingredient to make Poha is Rice Flakes or flattened rice. Rice Flakes are also known as poha, chiwda, chiwra, chooda, pauwa, sira, chira, aval or avalakki in Kannada.

When is the best time to eat Poha?

Poha is a popular Indian breakfast recipe. Most people enjoy it over breakfast with a hot cup of chai. But some also make it over dinner because it is a very light and filling recipe.

How to serve Poha?

The best way to serve Poha is when you top it up with some Bhujia Namkeen and some Pomegranate seeds. This combination tastes superb. A beverage that goes well with this Indian recipe is a simple yet comforting Indian Chai. This entire combination feels like home 🙂

But ALWAYS serve it hot. Because it gets dry when it gets cold. For the best experience, serve it right away when cooked.

How to reheat leftover Poha?

Leftover Poha gets dry and harder. It doesn’t taste good. That is why, Poha has to be served hot.

But if you have leftover Poha and you want to eat it, then I would suggest sprinkling some water on top, mixing, closing the lid of the pan, and then reheating. Because when you sprinkle some water, it would create steam and hence your Poha will again become soft and moist as if it is freshly made. Do try this method and let me know if it works.

Vegetable Oats Poha

Is this recipe Vegan?

Yes! All the ingredients used in this recipe are vegan and plant-based.

More Recipes – just as good

  1. Instant Ragi Idli
  2. Buckwheat Cheela (savory pancakes)
  3. Hummus-Avocado Sandwich (Vegan)
  4. Fruit Loaded Cornflakes Bowl

More Oats Recipes

  1. Banana Walnut Muffins
  2. Oats Thumbprint Cookies
  3. Oats Appe (savory mini pancakes)
  4. Chocolate Cinnamon Granola
  5. Fruit & Nut Granola
  6. Vegan Fudgy Chocolate Brownie
  7. Strawberry Mini Cheesecake

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this nutrient-dense and wholesome treat at home. It is perfect for the times when you don’t have much time to cook breakfast and also for that sudden hunger pang in the evening. This way you can make a quick breakfast, evening snack, or sometimes dinner too.

By adding some oats to it, you include a nutrient-dense ingredient in your diet. So, next time you make Poha, just try it with some oats too. You won’t notice much difference. In fact, I am sure that you and your family will enjoy it.

If you try this recipe & like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

Love from us

Richa & Jatin

Vegetable Oats Poha – Quick & Easy Indian Breakfast Recipe

Quick. Easy. Light.

Poha - a quick solution for everyday or every time hunger. You can make it for breakfast, evening snack, or even for dinner. It is not just light but also filling and satisfying too. 

With added Oats, you add some extra nutrition too, and eat oats in a delicious way. 

4

Servings

10 min

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

25 min

Total Time


Ingredients

Serving Suggestion

Steps

Soften Poha & Oats
  1. In a large bowl, add flattened rice (Poha or Chiwda) and instant oats. Mix.
  2. Add water and soak them together for a minute.
  3. Drain out the water and let it rest. Meanwhile, let's chop veggies and prepare the tempering.
  4. It may look sticky but it will soften with the moisture and become separated.
Tempering
  1. In a large pan or kadhai, heat some oil.
  2. When the oil is heated, add mustard seeds. Let it splutter for a few seconds. 
  3. Add roasted peanuts and curry leaves. Mix well for a few seconds. 
  4. Add chopped onion, green chili, salt to taste, and turmeric powder. Saute and let them cook on medium flame until onions are translucent. Do not brown. 
  5. It takes a minute or two.
  6. Once the onions are done, add chopped capsicum and green beans to them. Mix well. 
  7. Add soaked and prepared flattened rice and instant oats, green peas, tomato, and sugar. Mix well. Cover and let them cook on low flame for 7 to 10 minutes.
  8. Once veggies are cooked well, switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix well and serve right away.
  9. While serving, top it up with some bhujia or sev and pomegranate seeds. Serve with a hot cup of chai.

FAQs

What is Poha?
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Poha is a savory dish from the land of Maharashtra, India. It has gained popularity in other parts of India too and every region has its unique way to make it. Indori Poha is similar to Maharashtrian Poha but still different. Poha is quite popular in Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat too. Some make it sweet and some make it spicy. It is often served over breakfast with a hot cup of chai. The main ingredient to make Poha is Rice Flakes or flattened rice. Rice Flakes are also known as poha, chiwda, chiwra, chooda, pauwa, sira, chira, aval or avalakki in Kannada.

What are the other names of Rice Flakes or Poha in India?
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Rice flakes or flattened rice is a popular ingredient in India majorly used to make Poha. Other names of Rice Flakes in India are poha, chiwda, chiwra, chooda, pauwa, sira, chira, aval or avalakki in Kannada.


How to serve Poha?
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The best way to serve Poha is when you top it up with some Bhujia Namkeen and some Pomegranate seeds. This combination tastes superb. A beverage that goes well with this Indian recipe is a simple yet comforting Indian Chai. This entire combination feels like home 🙂 But ALWAYS serve it hot. Because it gets dry when it gets cold. For the best experience, serve it right away when cooked.

How to reheat leftover Poha?
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Leftover Poha gets dry and harder. It doesn’t taste good. That is why, Poha has to be served hot. But if you have leftover Poha and you want to eat it, then I would suggest sprinkling some water on top, mixing, closing the lid of the pan, and then reheating. Because when you sprinkle some water, it would create steam and hence your Poha will again become soft and moist as if it is freshly made. Do try this method and let me know if it works.

Is Poha vegan?
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Yes. Poha is an Indian vegan or vegetarian recipe. All the ingredients used in making Poha are vegan and plant-based.

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