Poha is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast dish made with flattened rice (poha) and onions. It is also had as a teatime snack. Poha is a maharashtrian word for flattened rice and kanda for onion. There is another version also for making poha with onions and potatoes. It is called as kanda batata (potato) poha. This is one of the staple breakfast dish of Maharashtra. Red poha upma is made with red poha. Red poha is very similar to white poha, except for the texture. Red poha is little coarser than white poha. Red poha is made from red rice which has more health benefits than white poha. Red rice is also enriched with antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals in our body, preventing the risk of diseases like cancer.
Poha is one of the healthy and light dish, which is not only easy to make but can be prepared quickly too. Roasted peanuts added to poha makes it all the more tasty and adds flavour to it. South Indians also make poha but they add grated coconut as garnishing which also tastes great. Poha is rich in iron and hence best served with lime juice. Lime juice helps absorption of iron from poha.
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