August 16, 2021

Tomato Poha | Tomato flavored flattened rice flakes

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Tomato Poha is yet another versatile breakfast item and can be made quickly  with all the basic ingredients in our pantry. As much as we all love the Kanda Batata Poha or Batata Poha , Tomato Poha is an ideal snack to be packed for school or office lunch box. The tomatoes give the poha a nice moist texture and also the tanginess is a perfect treat to the taste buds at lunch time . As this recipe doesnt use onion or garlic this can be made for breakfast or even served as prasadam during Pooja Days or Functions.

I first tasted tomato poha during one of my school picnics from my friend's tiffin box . One spoonful and I instantly fell in love with this delicious and tasty poha .  Thakali Poha was soft,moist and succulent and we did not need any accompaniment like dahi or chutney to go along.

That picnic was a memorable one because of all the fun we had at the theme park and  the most awaited picnic lunch time, which we as kids waited eagerly  .She loved my mom's signature Mini Podi Idlis while I loved her Poha ,so from then on it was an unsigned agreement between us friends that we would carry extra share of idlis and poha even on regular days for our school recess time .

 I make poha very frequently for our breakfast at home and Tomato Poha along with Puli Aval/Gojjuavlakki , Batata Poha and Choora Matar come in rotation and we at home love to have it hot hot just off the pan .  Next on my to do list is Kalyani's Indori Poha . This has been bookmarked for a very long time but I somehow have not been able to put all the pieces together, fingers crossed I hope to try it soon .

Coming to Tomato Poha / Thakali Aval, a few small tricks will get you the best poha and even a non poha lover will begin to love this sumptous and filling snack . Remember to use medium thick poha and wash it thoroughly . Give it sufficient resting time , this ensures the poha absorbs the water and remains moist . If you find the soaked poha too dry, sprinkle some water generously and mix it well with your fingers.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves  - 3 
Complexity - simple


7 fistfuls/handfuls of medium thick poha 
2 -3 green chillies
handful of groundnuts
2 medium sized tomatoes deseeded and chopped
few curry leaves
fresh corriander finely chopped
5-6 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera
1 tsp haldi /turmeric powder
pinch of asafoetida (skip for GF)
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
salt as needed
1 tsp sugar


  • Wash the poha using a colander to remove any husk or dust particles. Spread the poha on a wide plate or bowl and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil and fry the groundnuts until crisp, followed by the mustard seeds, jeera, green chillies,curry leaves and asafeotida.
  • Add in the turmeric and saute the tomatoes until soft and mushy. Add salt as much needed .
  • Once the tomatoes have turned mushy, add the washed poha and toss it carefully and mix it well. Sprinkle handful of water and cook covered for 7 to 8 mins. This covered cooking ensures that the poha will remain soft and moist even when packed for long time .
  • Lastly add the lemon juice, sugar and fresh corriander mix it gently and serve it hot with a beverage of your choice.

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  1. I love tomato rice but never tried tomato flavored poha.Your poha looks so soft and moist. Would definitely give this recipe a try.

  2. I add tomato along with onion, but will try this standalone tomato poha as this breakfast will be liked by all at home. thanks for sharing your childhood picnic memories too :-)

  3. Tomato poha looks super tempting. Always used Tomato with onion in poha. Loved your no onion recipe. Next time I will also make my poha in your way because I always like no onion garlic recipes.

  4. Tomato Poha looks scrumptious. Delicious picnic treat . Poha without onions taste equally good. Can’t wait to try your delicious recipe.

  5. The Tomato Poha looks so soft and delicious! I would love to try this out for sure. I have added tomato to aloo poha, but have never had poha made using tomato alone. The tomatoes must keep the poha moist, isn't it?

  6. The Tomato Poha looks so soft and delicious! I would love to try this out for sure. I have added tomato to aloo poha, but have never had poha made using tomato alone. The tomatoes must keep the poha moist, isn't it?

  7. Tomato poha is so quick, easy to make and comes handy. Perfect treat anytime and would love to enjoy the entire bowl.

  8. Tomato flavored poha looks very tasty, liked your version poha recipe. The way you added sugar surely gives good taste, love to have it as evening snack with cup of tea.

  9. Tomato flavored flattened rice flakes look so tempting priya.
    Quite easy and quick to make and enjoy !! Perfect treat for picnic


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