Kande Pohe – Super Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe is a very delicious and super healthy Maharashtrian breakfast. It is a wholesome meal in itself and is highly nutritious.

Breakfast in India 

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and it’s crucial to start your day with a nutritious and healthy meal. India is a diverse country with a rich culinary tradition, and the Indian breakfast menu is no exception. Indian cuisine offers a wide range of options, from spicy and savoury to sweet and healthy breakfast dishes. Here are some healthy Indian breakfast options that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day.

  1. Idli and Sambar: Idli is a popular South Indian breakfast dish made with fermented rice and lentil batter, which is steamed to perfection. It’s a healthy option because it’s low in fat and high in protein. Sambar is a spicy vegetable soup that’s made with lentils and spices. It’s the perfect accompaniment to idli and provides an excellent source of fiber and vitamins.

  2. Dosa and Chutney: Dosa is a South Indian crepe made with a fermented batter of rice and urad dal. It’s a low-fat, high-protein breakfast option that’s easy to digest. Dosa is usually served with chutney, a dip made with coconut, coriander leaves, and spices. Coconut chutney is an excellent source of healthy fats and vitamins.

  3. Paratha with Yogurt: Paratha is a popular North Indian breakfast dish that’s made with whole wheat flour and stuffed with vegetables like potato, cauliflower, or spinach. It’s a high-fiber and high-protein breakfast option that’s filling and nutritious. Yogurt is an excellent accompaniment to paratha as it provides probiotics and protein.

  4. Besan Chilla or Tomato Omlette: Besan chilla is a protein-rich breakfast dish made with chickpea flour, onions, tomatoes, and spices. It’s a healthy and gluten-free breakfast option that’s easy to prepare and easy to digest. You can also add grated paneer or cheese to make it more filling.

  5. Dhokla: Dhokla is a steamed snack made with fermented batter of rice and lentils. It’s a low-fat and high-protein breakfast option that’s easy to digest and provides sustained energy throughout the day. Dhokla is usually served with green chutney or tamarind chutney.

  6. Upma: Upma is a popular South Indian breakfast dish made with semolina, onions, green chilies, and spices. It’s a simple and easy-to-make breakfast option that’s high in fiber and provides sustained energy throughout the day.
  7. Daliya: Daliya is a healthy breakfast option that’s made by boiling cracked wheat with milk or water. It’s high in fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates, making it an excellent breakfast option for those looking to maintain a healthy weight.

  8. Poha: Poha is a flattened rice dish that’s popular in Western India. 

What is Poha?

Poha is nothing but parboiled, flattened rice. It is easy to digest and is a good source of Iron and Carbohydrates, thus making it a healthy breakfast option. It’s made by frying the flattened rice in oil with onions, mustard seeds, and spices. 

Poha recipes – A versatile breakfast

Most homes in India start their day with this healthy breakfast. There are many forms in which it is eaten across the country. Some love to have their poha with a bowl of milk. Others may like to eat it as a chivda. The most common form which is also a favorite of almost every Indian is the one that is cooked with onions or potatoes.

This versatile breakfast can be made using vegetables like green peas and carrots too. You may add these in combination with onion and potatoes or otherwise. Either way your poha is sure to taste great.

Kande Pohe

Kande Pohe is Maharashtra’s favorite breakfast. It is loved so much that there is a beautiful Marathi song too based on this dish name. 

Each household in the state has its own recipe for this dish. The main ingredient, however, as the name suggests, is kanda or onion.

This dish is made by rinsing thick poha in water and then cooking it by adding onion and spices. Poha absorbs water quickly and thus rinsing it in running water for about a minute is enough.

Kande Pohe – My favorite since childhood

Weekends were special for us as we used to get to eat our favorite breakfast – Kande Pohe. We used to wake up early even on a holiday as we looked forward to eating a steaming hot bowl of Pohe flavoured with crunchy peanuts and onion!

I am sharing with you my mom’s fool-proof, incredibly easy recipe of making this delicious breakfast. You may also top it with grated fresh or dry coconut or sev/bhujia.

Kande Pohe

A super healthy and quick breakfast recipe to keep you full for long.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword healthy breakfast, Healthy food, Healthy food for kids, healthy poha, healthy poha recipe, Healthy recipe, Healthy recipes, poha, pohe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Anuya


  • Pan/Kadhai
  • Cooking Spoon
  • Colander


  • 1 Cup Poha There are three types of Poha available in the market - Thin, Medium and Thick. Use Medium Poha for best results.
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric/ Haldi Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai/Sarson)
  • 2 Green Chilies Chopped
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Peanuts/Groundnuts/Shengdana
  • Juice of Half lemon
  • Chopped Coriander For garnishing


  • Wash the Poha and keep it aside for 4-5 minutes. I have used a colander. You may wash the poha in a bowl and drain the water.
    1 Cup Poha
    Washed Poha
  • Add the Turmeric/ Haldi Powder, Salt and Sugar over the Poha and keep aside.
    1 Tsp Turmeric/ Haldi Powder, Salt as per taste, 1 Tsp Sugar
    Kande Pohe
  • Heat Oil in a pan. When the Oil is hot enough, add Mustard Seeds and chopped Green Chilly. Add Onion and cook till it turns pink. Add Peanuts and roast till they change color.
    2 Tbsp Oil, 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai/Sarson), 1 Tbsp Peanuts/Groundnuts/Shengdana, 2 Green Chilies
  • Now add the Poha and mix. Cover and cook for two to three minutes.
    1 Cup Poha
  • Add the Lemon juice and Coriander and mix. Poha is ready. Serve hot.
    Juice of Half lemon, Chopped Coriander
    Kande Pohe

Liked the Kande Pohe recipe? You may also like this Chivda I made using a different kind of poha.

Here are some of the healthy Indian breakfast options that will provide you with the energy and nutrients you need to start your day. Try incorporating these dishes into your breakfast routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Carrot Upma
  2. Daliya Upma
  3. Wheat Upma
  4. Bread Pakoda
  5. Beetroot Paratha

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