Batata Poha by Tarla Dalal

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Dec. 03, 2013

Batata Poha is so wholesome and tasty that you can make it any time of the day, as breakfast, supper or a simple snack. The potatoes and onions act as a soft and moist interlude to the chewy poha, while the traditional tempering, ginger-chili paste and lemon juice add to the flavor. While it tastes best when had hot and fresh, it can also be carried in the snack box.


Oil 2 Tablespoon
Mustard seed 1/2 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1/2 Teaspoon
Finely chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Peeled potato chunks 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 3/4 Teaspoon , divided
Thick poha 2 Cup (32 tbs) (thick beaten rice flakes)
Ginger green chili paste 1 Teaspoon
Sugar 1 Tablespoon
Lemon juice 2 Teaspoon
Milk 1 Tablespoon
Finely chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
For garnish
Lemon wedge 2 (as needed)



1. In a non-stick pan, heat oil and add the mustard seeds. Allow the mustard to splutter.

2. Add asafoetida, fry for a few seconds and then saute onion over medium flame for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add potatoes, 2 tablespoons of water, salt and ½ tsp of turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a sieve, place the thick poha (beaten rice) and hold it under running water for a few seconds. Toss well to drain out all excess water.

5. Add the washed and drained poha (beaten rice) into the pan and season with salt.

6. Add ginger-green chili paste, remaining ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, sugar, lemon juice and milk. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle coriander and mix well.


7. Serve hot garnished with coriander and lemon wedge.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 299Calories from Fat 149

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 17 g26.2%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 307 mg12.79%

Total Carbohydrates 36 g12%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 10 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet