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  • Writer's pictureSharanya Raghunath

Nightshade Free Poha

Poha is a Maharastrian dish that is traditionally made with potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. Making this dish nightshade free seemed like a daunting task. More importantly, I really was not sure if we would like it. Aniket jokingly asked me if this Poha actually have flattened rice in it :-)

Anyway, I can assure you that you will not miss the onion or the potatoes in this recipes. This meal is naturally vegan and gluten free. You can find the ingredients at your local grocery store or at Amazon.


1 C of thin Poha

2 C of thick Poha

1 carrot finely chopped

1 C of finely chopped cauliflower

1/2 C of peas

7-10 curry leaves

1/2 Tsp of mustard seeds

1/2 Tsp of cumin seeds

3 Tbs of raw peanuts

1 Tsp of Turmeric powder

2 Tbs of sesame oil

1/2 Serrano finely chopped*

1 pinch of Asafoetida

Salt to taste


  1. Rinse the thick and thin Poha in cold water using a colander. Once rinse, set it aside. It will get soft and that is the desired texture.

  2. In a heavy bottom pot (I love my Le Creuset Balti for these recipes), at medium high heat, add the sesame oil. In 30 seconds, add the mustard seeds.

  3. When the mustard seeds pop, add the Cumin seeds, Asfoetida, Serrano, and curry leaves. Let this cook for 30 seconds.

  4. Now, add the peanuts and cook them till they brown.

  5. Add the veggies, turmeric, and salt. Cook till the veggies are tender but have a crunch. This will take 5-7 minutes.

  6. Once the veggies are cooked, add the Poha and give everything a good mix. Sprinkle 1-2 Tbs of water and turn off the stove. Cover the Poha with a lid for 3-5 minutes before serving.

  7. To serve, you can garnish with some cilantro and fresh lime juice.

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