Poha with Peanuts and Potatoes (Savory Gluten-free Recipe)

Poha with Peanuts and Potatoes (Savory Gluten-free Recipe)
Lakshmy Subramoniam

Looking for a gluten-free carb option that doesn't take ages to cook? This poha or flat beaten rice recipe takes no time to put together. It's quick, simple, vegan, gluten-free, AND doesn't compromise on flavor whatsoever! It's a common breakfast or evening snack recipe in Mumbai, India. This is a delicious street food recipe that's both filling and healthy. 

And here is the recipe:

Vegan, gluten-free 

Yield: For 4
Prep time: 10 mins 
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins


  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • Poha* (Flat beaten rice) - 2 cups
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (or any oil of your choice)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 Thai green chilies finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized potato diced 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • A squeeze of lemon 


Soak the poha or flat beaten rice in cold water for 90 seconds, strain, and set aside.

In a small skillet on medium heat, add some coconut oil and once the oil gets hot, add the peanuts. Sautee for 1 - 2 mins or until toasty and set aside.

In another skillet on medium high heat add some oil. Once the oil is hot, add in the mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. Once the seeds start to splutter, add in the Thai green chilies and cook for 20 seconds.

To this, add the finely chopped onion and cook until translucent (Quick tip: lightly salt the onions to speed up the cooking process). 

Add in the diced potatoes and turmeric powder. Mix the contents really well until the potatoes are evenly coated with the turmeric. Add in a splash of water, bring to a simmer, cover the pan, and cook until a fork can easily puncture a potato (This should take around 8 - 10 mins).

Once the potatoes are cooked, add in the soaked and strained poha, the sauteed peanuts, mix well, and cook for 2 minutes. 

Salt the dish according to taste, garnish with finely chopped cilantro, and a generous squeeze of lemon!


This recipe works well as a breakfast or as an evening snack with a steaming cup of masala chai on the side!


*You can find poha or flat beaten rice at any local Indian grocery store


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