Batata poha - Aloo poha recipe

Batata poha or Aloo poha recipe is a popular, quick and easy breakfast recipe. It can also be served as a snack.

Batata or aloo means potato. Poha or pohe is beaten rice or rice flakes. The combination makes a yummy, filling breakfast dish.

It takes just about 10-12 minutes to make. Less time is needed if you have pre boiled potatoes ready. Even if you don't have boiled potatoes, it takes only 2-3 minutes to cook  potatoes when you are making batata pohe. When you are in a hurry, go for aloo poha.

How to make batata poha - aloo poha

Main ingredients for batata poha - aloo poha

Medium poha - rice flakes
green chilies
potatoes - batata

Ingredients for batata poha - aloo poha for 2 persons

  • Medium thick poha ( aval - beaten rice) - 1 cup
  • Potato (raw or boiled) - medium sized 1. (I am using boiled potato today)
  • Tomato (optional) - 1 small. (I am using a  tomato today)
  • Green chilies (cut in to pieces) - 4-5 more or less according to taste
  • Fresh ginger - a small piece chopped or ginger paste - 1/4 tsp (I am using ginger paste today)
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped - 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp or according to taste
  • Haldi / turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / asafetida (optional) - a pinch
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Preparation for batata poha - aloo poha

  1. Add poha / aval to a bowl. Add water to wash the poha. wash poha well by changing water once or twice.
  2. Remove excess water. You may allow one or two tablespoonfuls of water to remain in poha. Keep aside.
  3. Peel and cut potato into tiny pieces or thin slices. You will need about 1/2 cup potato pieces. If using raw potato, keep in water till needed.

Making aloo poha -batata poha

Step 1:

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan or a kadai.

Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing.

Step 2:

Stir and let the seeds splutter.

Step 3:

When they stop spluttering, add green chilies.

Stir well and let the green chilies fry for a minute.

Step 3 note:

If using raw potato, add the cubes now and let fry for a minute.

Cover and cook on a low flame, allowing the potatoes to cook in their own steam.

As I am using boiled potatoes, I will add them after the tomatoes are just cooked.

Step 4:

Add chopped tomatoes (if adding).

Add ginger - paste, chopped or crushed.

Step 5:

If using boiled potatoes, add potato cubes (after tomatoes) and turmeric powder now.

Let cook for a minute.

Step 6:

While the tomato / potato is cooking for minute, add salt, sugar to the poha bowl.

If there are any lumps, break them. Mix well with a spoon. Doing this using your fingers is better.

Step 7:

When the tomatoes and potatoes are just cooked, add the poha mixture to the pan.

Remember, you have already added salt and sugar to the washed and soaked poha and  mixed.

Step 8:

Mix poha well with the cooked potato mix.

If poha looks too dry, add a tablespoon of water and mix.

Cover and cook on low fire for 2 minutes.

The vegetables are already cooked and poha doesn't take much time to cook.

Step 9:

Add lime juice , chopped coriander leaves, fresh grated coconut.

Mix well. Switch off the flame.

Keep covered till serving time.

Aloo poha is ready to serve.

Serve by itself or with a favorite pickle.

Mango pickle or lime pickle goes well with batata poha.

Aloo poha - batata poha - Rice flakes with potato - savory breakfast dish

Batata pohe or aloo poha is a popular breakfast recipe.

It is a quick cooking recipe.



  • You may use thick poha instead of medium thick poha. You will need a little more water and will need to soak longer.
  • Serve for breakfast or as evening snack. It can also be made and served when unexpected guests arrive as it can be made quickly.
  • Instead of washing in a bowl, you may add poha to a colander and wash with running water and then keep aside.
  • You can also add mixed vegetables - green peas, onion, capsicum ( all chopped) along with potatoes.
  • Adding a teaspoonful of ghee, along with coriander leaves and fresh grated coconut, in the last step, adds good flavor to poha.

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