Kanda Poha - A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe
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Kanda Poha – A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

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This quick and easy kanda poha recipe is just perfect for breakfast. It is made with a few ingredients and requires less than 20 minutes to prepare. So come and celebrate World Heart Day with this healthy recipe.

Kanda Poha - A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

What is poha?

Poha is flattened or beaten rice. The thickness of these rice flakes can vary. It can be thin, medium or thick. In this recipe, I have used a thicker variety of poha. I will suggest you to always use that because thick poha will remain light and fluffy. But if you use the thin rice flakes then while cooking the poha might get really soft and mushy.

About this recipe

Now coming to this recipe, it is really simple to make and needs only a few ingredients. Apart from poha, you will require onion, green chilli, curry leaves, lemon juice, mustard seeds and a little oil. Along with these, I have also added a few almonds and pomegranate arils into the poha. They provide a hint of crunch and freshness to this dish. Here I have fried the almond in oil but you can also use roasted almonds if you like.

Health Benefits

  • Poha has many health benefits. It is rich in carbohydrates, iron, vitamin B1 and has fewer calories. It is gluten-free, a good probiotic and is easily digestible.
  • Almonds are rich in protein, fibre, antioxidants and many vitamins. They reduce the risk of cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and are extremely good for your heart.
  • Pomegranate is also rich in antioxidants, fibre, protein, folate, potassium, vitamin C and K. It helps in boosting immunity, lowers blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular disease.
  • Though chopping an onion can make us cry but they are actually good for our body. It can lower the risk of cancer and heart attack, promotes digestion, lowers blood sugar levels, prevents inflammation, improves immunity and so on.
  • Now coming to curry leaves, they are rich in vitamin A, B, B2 and C. They are a good source of iron and calcium. Curry leaves help in regulating cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, treats stomach issues, reduces blood glucose levels, promotes hair growth and can also improve memory.
  • Lemons are rich in vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants etc. It helps in weight loss, digestion, prevents kidney stones, controls blood pressure, boosts immunity and can also prevent the growth of cancer.
  • Mustard seeds, those tiny round seeds, have an abundance of health benefits. They are good for cardiovascular health, arthritis, digestive health, skin, prevents cancer and asthma attack.

Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Total Time: 20 min

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients:

2 cups poha or flattened rice, thick
15-20 almonds
1/4 cup pomegranate arils
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp water (optional)
Salt to taste

Cooking Directions:

Rinse the poha once or twice until it becomes soft. It means that when you press it with your finger, it should easily break. Then drain the poha and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick wok over a medium flame. Add the almonds and cook them for a few minutes until they are fragrant. Then transfer them to a plate and keep them aside.

To the same wok, add mustard seeds and continue to cook until they start crackling.

Then add the curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for a couple of minutes. Add chopped onions and cook until they become translucent.

Lower the flame, add the rinsed poha, sugar and salt. Gently mix everything together. Cook for 2-3 minutes. If the poha looks dry, sprinkle water and carefully give it a good stir. This will make the poha soft and fluffy. But be careful, as too much water can make the poha mushy.

Turn the flame off. Drizzle lemon juice over the poha. Then add the fried almonds and pomegranate arils. Gently stir everything together.

Kanda Poha - A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Garnish with pomegranate arils and almonds. Serve immediately.

Kanda Poha - A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Kanda Poha – A Quick and Easy Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Sneha Paul
This quick and easy kanda poha recipe is just perfect for breakfast. It is made with a few ingredients and requires less than 20 minutes to prepare. So come and celebrate World Heart Day with this healthy recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups poha or flattened rice thick
  • 15-20 almonds
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the poha once or twice until it becomes soft. It means that when you press it with your finger, it should easily break. Then drain the poha and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick wok over a medium flame. Add the almonds and cook them for a few minutes until they are fragrant. Then transfer them to a plate and keep them aside.
  • To the same wok, add mustard seeds and continue to cook until they start crackling.
  • Then add the curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for a couple of minutes. Add chopped onions and cook until they become translucent.
  • Lower the flame, add the rinsed poha, sugar and salt. Gently mix everything together. Cook for 2-3 minutes. If the poha looks dry, sprinkle water and carefully give it a good stir. This will make the poha soft and fluffy. But be careful, as too much water can make the poha mushy.
  • Turn the flame off. Drizzle lemon juice over the poha. Then add the fried almonds and pomegranate arils. Gently stir everything together.
  • Garnish with pomegranate arils and almonds. Serve immediately.
Keyword easy snacks, indian breakfast, poha recipe

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