Poha Indian Quick Rice

vegan poha recipe

In Pushkar I discovered an amazing vegetarian Indian street food that is also easy to make at home. It’s thick poha! If you can find it in the international section or Indian grocery, buy two bags. It’s an amazing breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.

Ingredients for large helpings for 2 adults:

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped red (purple) onion
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp diced (and peeled) ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Indian curry powder
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 5 Tbsp peas (frozen, fresh or canned)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (other sweeteners work too)
  • 2 1/4 cups of (uncooked) thick poha
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut yogurt, roasted peanuts and cilantro for garnish
  • Also optional: Add spicy chilies or spicy sauce!

Thick pohaArtistry:

  1. Combine chopped red onion with rice vinegar and mirin and set aside to pickle a little
  2. Heat vegetable oil or use a nonstick pan without oil
  3. On medium heat, fry the yellow onion, ginger, and garlic for a minute
  4. Add the curry powder and stir until it coats the onions, ginger and garlic. Fry for a few more minutes. It will smell so good!
  5. Add the carrots and fry for a few minutes until the carrots soften a little
  6. Stir in and cook the peas, rice vinegar, salt and sugar.
  7. Rinse and drain the poha well.
  8. Add the poha to the pan and stir with all other ingredients. Cook for about 3 minutes, until soft and coated with spices.
  9. Stir in the spinach and remove from heat.
  10. Sprinkle the pickled red onion on top
  11. Garnish with unsweetened yogurt, roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro and serve immediately.