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Matar Poha with Aloo (Poha with Peas and Potato)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • ¼ cup skin-on raw peanuts
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized potato chopped into tiny cubes
  • ½ cup frozen peas thawed
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups poha washed thoroughly and drained
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped for garnish
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice for garnish


  • Heat oil on medium-high heat in a wide pan and add in mustard seeds. Once they start to pop, add in curry leaves and peanuts.
  • Saute for a few seconds before adding in the chopped onion. Let it fry for about a minute until it starts to soften and brown along the edges.
  • Add in chopped potatoes and fry for 3-4 minutes until the potatoes start to soften.
  • Add in peas, spices and salt, and give it a good mix.
  • Add in the washed poha, mix well and let it cook covered for another 4-5 minutes, until the poha softens. Make sure to give it a stir in between to prevent it from burning.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice.