Kande Pohe / Beaten Rice

There are a million stories to be told in maharashtrian household at the very mention of the word Kande Pohe. It is actually a synonym for the process of bridegroom hunting. The simple reason being that most families serve the visiting team (groom's side commonly) with Kande Pohe first and then call out the daughter crediting her for the dish. So when the bride hunting begins for eligible bachelors it is addressed as Kande Pohe phase :) And for people interested to know...I was saved of this phase personally :)..so sorry no anecdotes from my end. A few cousins had kept the code words to express their interest on the prospects secretly to the families like- Spicy Kande Pohe - (thumbs down) , Tasty Kande Pohe (thumbs Up).
Although there is no context for that here yet I often make this instant snack at home many times. 
Or rather I used to make until it was told to me by The Husband that he is not interested in  eating Kande Pohe for breakfast. No worries I said...I will make them for my little one during the evening snack time , he cannot be deprived of what his genes ask for.
A typical maharashtrian style recipe for Kande Pohe...feel free to add more vegetables of your choice. For samplers' green peas, potato, raisins are usual suspects. I have also tasted cauliflower and carrots in one of the versions and loved it too...

2 cups beaten rice
1 medium size onion finely chopped
3-4 green chillies finely chopped (Reduce for kids)
2 tbsp peanuts
1 tbsp Oil
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn cumin seeds
1 tspn turmeric powder
1 tspn sugar
salt to taste
a pinch of asafoetida
few sprigs of curry leaves
1 lemon's juice
Coriander and Freshly grated coconut for garnishing
1) take the beaten rice in a colander and hold in under tap water. Wash it under the tap water using a fork or your fingers combing through them until they are all just about wet.
2) Let this stand aside until you proceed with the rest of the things
3) In a large pan or wok, heat oil.
4) Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle
5) Add the asafoetida , cumin seeds and let it crackle 
6) Add the curry leaves and stir.
7) Next add the chopped onions, green chillies, peanuts, turmeric powder, sugar and saute till the onions have softened and become pink in color.
8) Now add the beaten rice along with salt and lemon juice and lightly toss till it is mixed well.
9) Cover the pan with a lid , if required, sprinkle some water (not more than 2 tbsp)
10) Open the pan when there is enough steam.
11) Garnish with fresh coriander and coconut

"Not serving a lemon quarter alongside can be considered as criminal"


Suma Gandlur said…
This is one of those easy breezy BF dishes besides being delicious. I would have loved to read at least one of the stories related to poha. :)
Pavani said…
Love kanda pohe any time of the day.. Yours looks delicious.
Gayathri Kumar said…
One of my fav breakfast dish. Looks so inviting...
Chef Mireille said…
looks tasty and colorful
Nisha said…
I didn't understand why Kande Pohe synonym for the process of bridegroom hunting...?
Jayanthi said…
Love this dish for its ease in making them....we love to have it anytime.
sushma said…
I just love this one
Unknown said…
This one is a instent and delicious breakfast for me. lokks so colorfull.
Priya Suresh said…
Never said no to this kande pohe,my all time fav..
Amazing bfast for a rainy morning .. i can imagine you enjoying the rains with this hot poha..
very tasty one!!
if u have time plz visit my space n join with me
Srivalli said…
Even I am curious to hear those stories pradnya..:)..plate looks very inviting!
Padmajha said…
Would love to hear some of those 'kande pohe' tales, Pradnya :). This one is my fav too. Most of the times,I make it as an evening snack..
Kalyani said…
this is a staple at our home, a tribute almost to living in Mumbai since soo many years ! I love to add any veggies (including broccoli etc) to make this more nutritious.. and Pradnya one day am gonna drop in at ur place to check out the authentic maharashtrian version - totally spicy and tangy !!

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this is staple in our house,, we make it once or twice a week for breakfast. yours looks very good
anjana said…
quick ,simple and so filling.I can have it any time..
Harini R said…
Love it anytime. I also make it for the kids and me for an evening snack!
Cool Lassi(e) said…
Great snack for a rainy day or a wintry evening or even breakfast!
Nice and healthy,guilt free snack......
Champa said…
Interesting story and significance of kande pohe. I guess every girl should know how to make it or she wouldn't get married? just kidding.
Anonymous said…
Interesting info on kande pohe. It is similar to sojji-bajji (sweet and pakoda combo) in TN which is served when you visiting prospective brides
veena said…
Love this any time!!!!Looks very inviting!!

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