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Tomato Poha Recipe: Indian Breakfast, Snack or Dinner

Shwetha Bhat is passionate about food and cooking. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and share recipes from her native Indian cuisine.

Tomato poha

Tomato poha

Easy, Tasty and Healthy Poha

Tomato poha is a simple, easy, tasty and healthy dish that can be made using just a few ingredients in a short amount of time. It's also delicious and light on the stomach. Perfect for those busy mornings!

Tomato is a rich source of antioxidants, potassium, folate and Vitamins C and K. Poha, or flattened rice, is a good source of carbohydrates, iron, fibre, antioxidants. It's also gluten free.


This can be served as breakfast, snack or dinner. No side dish required.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

7 min

12 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup thick poha
  • 1-2 cups water
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1-2 red chilies, broken
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing
  • 2 teaspoons peanut
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. In a vessel, add thick poha (flattened rice) and water. Rinse it well and then drain the water.
  2. Add water to the vessel again to to immerse the poha. Cover with a lid and soak for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, check the softness by crushing poha between the fingers. If it breaks easily then it is done. Drain the water.
  4. Add salt and sugar to the poha. Mix gently and set aside.
  5. In a pan, heat ghee and oil. Splutter mustard seeds. Add urad dal, chana dal, broken red chilies, curry leaves, hing and peanuts. Saute till lentils turn golden brown in color. Do not burn.
  6. Add chopped ginger and green chilies. Saute for a second.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder. Saute till tomatoes are cooked well.
  8. Add soaked poha and salt. Mix well but take care not to break the poha.
  9. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  10. Squeeze the lemon juice, mix and switch off the flame.
  11. Tasty and healthy tomato poha is ready to serve.

Step-by-Step Photos

In a vessel, add 1 cup thick poha (flattened rice). Add water and rinse it well. Drain water. Add water to immerse poha, cover with a lid and soak for 5 minutes.

In a vessel, add 1 cup thick poha (flattened rice). Add water and rinse it well. Drain water. Add water to immerse poha, cover with a lid and soak for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, check the softness by crushing poha between the fingers. If it breaks easily then it is done.

After 5 minutes, check the softness by crushing poha between the fingers. If it breaks easily then it is done.

Drain the water. Add salt to taste.

Drain the water. Add salt to taste.

Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Mix gently. Set aside.

Mix gently. Set aside.

In a pan heat 1 teaspoon ghee and 1 teaspoon oil. Splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1/2 teaspoon urad dal, 1 teaspoon chana dal, 1-2 broken red chilies, a sprig of curry leaves, 1/4 teaspoon hing and 2 teaspoons peanuts.

In a pan heat 1 teaspoon ghee and 1 teaspoon oil. Splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1/2 teaspoon urad dal, 1 teaspoon chana dal, 1-2 broken red chilies, a sprig of curry leaves, 1/4 teaspoon hing and 2 teaspoons peanuts.

Saute till lentils turn golden brown in color. Do not burn. Add 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1-2 green chilies. Saute for a second.

Saute till lentils turn golden brown in color. Do not burn. Add 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1-2 green chilies. Saute for a second.

Add 1-2 chopped tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

Add 1-2 chopped tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

Saute till tomatoes are cooked well.

Saute till tomatoes are cooked well.

Add soaked poha. Add salt.

Add soaked poha. Add salt.

Mix well but take care not to not break the poha.

Mix well but take care not to not break the poha.

Add 1/2 cup grated coconut and 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

Add 1/2 cup grated coconut and 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon, mix and switch off the flame.

Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon, mix and switch off the flame.

Tasty and healthy tomato poha is ready to serve.

Tasty and healthy tomato poha is ready to serve.

Cooking Notes

  • You can replace thick poha with thin poha.
  • No need to soak thin poha; just rinse it with water and use.
  • Add more green chilies for a spicier poha.
  • If the tomatoes are sour, decrease the amount of lemon juice.
  • Do not soak poha for too long. It will become mushy.