Microwave Poha

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 cup Thin Flattened Rice (poha) (whatever kind you use, cook it acordingly)
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1/2 cup cooked & mashed Potatoes (optional)
  • 1 finely chopped Green Chilli (remove seeds to make less spicy)
  • 1 TBsp chopped Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing) (skip if unavailable)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon (for the juice)
  • 1 TBsp chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp freshly grated Coconut (for garnish) (optional)


About cooking the Poha

  1. Depending on the thickness of your beaten rice (poha), the amount of water and/or soaking time would vary. If it is really thin, you wouldn’t need a whole lot of liquid or time to make the rice flakes soft. Experiment with a little bit first. What you’re looking for is for the Poha to become sot & swell. DO not soak in water for it may become soggy. Your best option is to sprinkle water little by little until the desired consistency is reached. Since my Poha is really thin, I do it at last. If yours needs time to swell, put water on it in the beginning. Once you have nailed that, the rest is a breeze!

Actual cooking

  1. In a Microwave safe bowl, add oil & heat for 1 minute at full power.
  2. Add the black mustard & cumin seeds. Mix & Microwave for 1 minute. The seeds will start to crackle.
  3. Add chopped green chilli & curry leaves. Microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Add chopped onions
  5. Add turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida(hing) & a pinch of sugar & Mix well
  6. Microwave for 2 minutes or until the onions are tender & translucent.
  7. You can add mashed potatoes, mix & microwave for 1 minute. (optional)
  8. Meanwhile… Sprinkle water on the thin rice flakes to make it soft.
  9. Squeeze some lemon juice
  10. Mix well & keep the Poha soft & moist. Sprinkle water if it dries out.
  11. Take the microwave bowl out & Add the softened Poha to it.
  12. With a wooden spoon or hand (if you can manage), mix the Poha well with the onion mixture without smashing it. taste & adjust for salt.
  13. Add chopped coriander, mix well & Microwave for 1 more minute.
  14. Serve hot. (you could garnish with some fresh grated coconut. But I never do)

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Maharashtrian