February 03, 2023

Matar Poha | Peas Poha - Vegan breakfast

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 Poha (Flattened rice) is a versatile ingredient used for breakfast or a quick evening snack all over India. 

During winters fresh green peas are available in plenty and I use them in my cooking a lot.

Peas Poha is one such favorite breakfast at home where lot of fresh tender peas are used as a part of the recipe. Poha is seasoned and tempered with simple Indian spices that makes it very tasty and flavorful .

Choora Matar or Chooda Matar is a variant of Peas Poha that is very popular in Northern India especially UP and Bihar and is a purely No Onion No Garlic snack .

Matar Poha can be made with or without onions depending on your taste . If using onions, saute them after you splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves until the onions turn soft and then add in the poha .

Some delicious Poha variants which can be easily prepared for breakfast / lunch boxes and also as Prasadam .

Puli Aval /Gojju Avalakki (Karnataka Special)
Gopalkaala / Dahi Poha (Janmashtami Special)

Preparation Time - 10mins
Cooking Time - 8 to 10mins
Complexity - Simple 
Serves  - 2 to 3

2 cups medium thick Poha/Flattened rice 
2 to 3 green chillies 
1/2 cup boiled peas 
Small piece ginger finely chopped 
1 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
Pinch of turmeric 
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt as needed 
Pinch of sugar
2 tbsp oil
Few curry leaves 


  • First and foremost ,sieve the poha and get rid of small dust and other unwanted particles.
  • Wash the Poha under running water in a colander and let it sit for 5 to 6 mins . This step is very important.  If there is too much water in the poha ,it will become a mushy mass and we don't want that .
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a thick kadai /wok.
  • Splutter the mustard seeds ,followed by curry leaves, ginger ,turmeric powder and asafoetida. 
  • Mix in the washed poha ,sprinkle salt and mix it well .
  • Add in the boiled peas, sprinkle some water and cook covered for 3 to 4 mins till the poha becomes soft and well cooked. 
  • Turn off ,open the lid, add sugar ,lemon juice and give it a quick mix ,serve hot with a garnish of freshly chopped corriander. 
  • You can sprinkle some namkeen farsan/crispies for an added crunch .

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Month of January we are going "Vegan" in our food bloggers' group Shhh Secretly Cooking Challenge . A wonderful theme suggested by Radha as January is also celebrated as a Vegan Month in some parts of the world .  My partner for this month is Preethi of Preethi's cuisine. Preethi gave me lemon juice and ginger as secret ingredients which was used in this flavorful aromatic Matar Poha while Preethi made a yummy  and healthy Tofu Bean Stir fry with sesame oil and rice flour being the secret ingredients I suggested to her. 
Radha has prepared a lipsmacking Jackfruit Kofta Curry which is a classic innovative recipe and that too purely plant based ..


  1. this poha with peas is a winner at home all year through, with homemade frozen peas :-) I like this coz it tastes yum even when packed for school lunches ! - Kalyani

  2. A healthy and good change from the usual potato poha. Adding winter fresh peas to it is a wonderful idea. Breakfast is soon going to be matar poha.

  3. My mom makes similar poha with the addition of potatoes too. I use to have this earlier, but no longer make this version. Your recipe makes me nostalgic reminding of old memories.

  4. This peas poha is such a simple breakfast yet always satisfying. I love how easy it is to make on busy mornings.

  5. Beautiful poha recipe! A nice, refreshing change from Aloo Poha that we normally make. Looks super fluffy and delicious!

  6. Growing up in South India, this poha is one of our favourite breakfast. I make it once a week. Yours looks good.

  7. Lovely color! I love the flavors in this simple and comforting bowl of poha. We make no onion no garlic versions and kids like with peas. Great recipe.

  8. I love when poha is made this way. We only know to eat it with banana and sugar and once I learned to make it this way, there is no turning back. Looks like such a comfort bowl...

  9. My household loves poha but never did I try with peas in them. I am going to try this recipe next time I make poha. Great recipe.

  10. Matar Poha is an all time favourite at home . It is so quick and easy to whip up. Beautifully presented Priya.- Preethi

  11. Poha is an all time favorite at home . Adding peas during winter is a must for my family members as they love the flavors.


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