mixed vegetables poha recipe cooked in microwave or steamed

Poha (rice flakes) is a very popular breakfast in many parts of India. Since rice was a traditional crop almost everywhere, poha was also made to use rice as an instant food. Yes poha is one of those instant Indian cereals that doesn't need cooking. you can just soak it in milk or yogurt and enjoy your breakfast with added fruits or nuts. Chiwda dahi is a popular breakfast in eastern UP, Bihar, Jarkhand, Bengal and dadpe pohe of Maharashtra also used soaked raw poha.

Poha can be cooked briefly along with some tempering and cooked potatoes, onions etc to make a quick hot breakfast but the way it is made traditionally is healthy but too high on fats sometimes.

Banarasi Chiwda matar is a healthy but rich dish, Indori poha is loaded with fried sev, the Maharashtrian poha can also become heavy if one is not careful. Even in our house it was made in lots of ghee and the taste used to be really good. Each of these variants of poha can be made healthier with a little care. But the recipe today is a very different take on the traditional versions.

This mixed vegetables poha is loaded with seasonal vegetables and tastes so good that one can really eat a lot of it without worrying much of calorie count.

mixed vegtables poha recipe

to make the mixed vegetables poha

You just have to chop your favorite vegetables, the ones which remain firm after cooking, like beans, cauliflower, baby corns, and some onions and green chilies for preparation. You can use broccoli, carrots, spring onions, sweet corn, peas and knol khol etc.

(2 servings)

3/4 cup of poha (thick variety)
1/2 cup cauliflower cut into small bits 
1/4 cup beans chopped really thinly
1/4 cup baby corn chopped in small bits
1/2 cup diced onions
minced green chillies to taste
rated ginger to taste
salt and pepper to taste
lime juice to taste
1 tsp ghee


Rinse the poha quickly with filtered water and drain the water. Mix everything along with the rinsed poha, keep in a glass or ceramic bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, stir once and microwave again for 3 minutes. Take out, add ghee and mix thoroughly. Add the lime juice if required and chopped coriander leaves, mix and serve immediately.

If you are planning to steam it just keep the bowl in steamer pot and steam for 5 minutes. Add the ghee, lime juice and coriander leaves, serve hot with ginger chai or buttermilk.

mixed vegtables poha recipe

Sometimes I serve the poha with a little tomato peanut chutney. Blend one large ripe tomato with 1 tbsp roasted peanuts and salt and the chutney is ready. You can even top this poha with some crushed roasted peanuts for added crunch.

In any case this will be the most easy and quick breakfast recipe you would come across and I am not talking about instant cereals.


  1. Wholesome breakfast and I think I'll add little bit of ghee for the flavor :P

  2. Sangeeta you are super creative man! I have bookmarked so many recipes from your site. I am waiting to get daliya and plantain (kele ke kofta won't forget that) I will make this on Sunday for breakfast!

    PS- Have you considered writing a cookbook? I will buy it for sure!

  3. Looks delicious,nice combo of carb, veggies and protein from the chutney.

  4. yumm..that looks like a fried rice to me..!

  5. as the bog name says, a lovelt healthy recipe indeed

  6. The mw is a boon ... isn't it? :-)
    Even if I don't like poha it is a regular breakfast in our house. Love the idea of serving it with chutney .. I'll like it that way. :-)

  7. Yes thats a perfect healthy breakfast for sure..esp for kids.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.You are welcome in my other blogs too-
    I liked your blog very much.Very nice and delicious dish as I love powa very much and I will definitely try your recipe.Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter.

  9. My fav. breakfast...will try with ur tomato peanut chutney next time...looks deeeelicious!!!

  10. Perfect healthy breakfast, i too often try to include veggies in my poha and upmas!

  11. Amazing!!! Loved the pictures and efforts behind it!! Keep going!!

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  13. try unfollowing me then following again to reset it so sorry I am not sure whats wrong, have also added you as a friend maybe that will help


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