Shweta Singh
by Shweta Singh
4 Servings
25 min

Poha or Chura Matar is an Indian dish. Each region in India have their own recipe.

Best poha I ever ate was at a friend’s house in Varanasi. I loved it so much that she would ask her cook to make it for me every time I visited her home. Best thing about this recipe was how balanced the lemon flavour was.

Before I left Benaras I asked her cook for the recipe and she gladly explained it to me. I modified it a bit according to the taste of my family keeping the real essence intact. Since then it has become our family favourite.

Along with peas, I also add other vegetables and roasted peanuts. It makes it even more savoury. Do try this recipe and let me know what you think about it?


Delicious !


Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 Cup Poha.
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped vegetables ( carrots, bell pepper, green beans)
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbs ghee
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts.
  • 2-3 tbs bikaneri bhujiya

Wash poha. Drain water and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.
Add onion, add salt. Cook till they turn pink. 
Add peas and vegetables.
Cover it and let it cook on low to medium flame. Stir occasionally.
Once onions and vegetables are done, add finely chopped tomatoes, turmeric, garam masala.
Cover it and let tomatoes cook. 
Once masala is ready, add lemon juice and mix. 
Add soaked Poha and mix everything. 
Add ghee.
Add more salt or lemon juice if needed. 
Let it cook for a few minutes till everything blends evenly. 
Your poha is ready.
Add roasted peanuts and , bikaneri bhujiya. Enjoy 🙌
  • Do not soak chura. Just wash it, drain water and set aside.
  • 📍Do not add too much onion or tomato. For 4 people I use roughly 1/3 cup chopped onions and 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes.
  • 📍Make sure onions and tomatoes are cooked properly. 
  • 📍You can also add curry leaves, green chillies or red chilli powder. I usually don’t make it hot 🥵 
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