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Place of originIndia
Region or stateMaharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan
Associated cuisineIndia
Main ingredientsrice, chilies, onions, mustard seed, peanuts, cumin seeds, and curry leaves

Poha/Pohe is an Indian breakfast and snack prepared in the cuisines of Indian states of Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, TamilNadu, Gujarat, Goa and Rajasthan.[1]


Each Indian state has its own version of this tasty snack. In the state of Maharashtra this dish is typically called as 'Kande pohe' meaning Pohe with onions. To prepare this dish pohe (flattened and processed rice) is first soaked and rinsed in water, then drained and cooked with onions, potatoes and roasted peanuts with a tadka of mustard seeds, hing, turmeric, cumin seeds, fresh green chilies, and kadipatta (or curry leaves). It is a popular snack that is also sold in local restaurants and food stalls. In home recipes people also add other vegetables such as peas and corn to it.

Other simple variations in the Southern states include cooking it in sour buttermilk with only a tadka of green chillies, mustard seeds, urad dal, and kadipatta.

In popular culture

In Maharashtra, pohe are also associated with the meetings for arranged marriages. The term 'Chaha pohe' is often used to describe such a meeting that is accompanied by Chai and Kande pohe.

Based on the same meaning, this dish also featured in the lyrics of a marathi song 'Kande pohe' from Movie Sanai Choughade.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Kande Pohe Song | Sai Tamhankar, Subodh Bhave | Sunidhi Chauhan, Avadhoot Gupte | Best Marathi Songs, retrieved 4 February 2023