Vegetable Poha Recipe made with Red Poha for Weight watchers

We all enjoy kanda poha or poha for breakfast, I cook it for dinner also. But when you are dieting and don’t want to eat white rice recipes, you can actually make poha with red poha which is healthier option for weight watchers. Also I have vegetable poha recipes so add all the vegetables you want to add and it is going to make it more healthier. So health bhi and taste bhi. Without compromising with your taste you can follow your dieting routine.


Red poha is healthy option as it is not highly processed like regular white rice poha as they are made from red rice which are high is fiber, vitamin, minerals and antioxidants. The distinct red color in the Red Poha is high concentration of anthocyanins which are an essential flavonoids and consuming it can prevent cancer. Red poha recipe is high in protein, carbohydrates and iron. It is best option for your weight loss diet and also good for your heart health. Actually poha is good probiotic as it has undergone fermentation and has healthy bacteria retained which are good for your gut. Poha is good for children and lactating mothers too.

Let’s start our recipe,


  • Red Poha (1 cup)
  • Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
  • Green chilies (1 chopped)
  • Onion (1 chopped)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Saunf or fennel seeds powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Vegetables of your choice
    • Carrots (1/2chopped)
    • Capsicum (1/2 chopped)
    • Green peas (1/4 cup boiled)
    • Baby corn (1 chopped)
    • Potato (1/2 chopped – avoid if you are on diet)
  • Jeera / cumin seeds for tempering
  • Mustard seeds for tempering
  • Oil (1 tbsp for tempering)
  • Asafetida / Hing (1 pinch)
  • Dried curry leaves (for tempering)
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing


Take 1 cup red poha and wash and soak them for 2 minutes. Drain access water and add dry spices and salt to it. Also I add chopped green chilies to soaked poha only so that they don’t get cooked fully and you can taste them while eating. You can add them while adding onions if you don’t like spicy taste. Chop all vegetables and keep them aside.


  1. Red poha is different than regular white poha. It has more coarse texture and needs to be soaked for few minutes to get the perfect soaked poha texture.
  2. I usually add my dry spices to soaked poha before hand and mix them, you can add them while cooking as well. But when you mix them in cooking process, you might break them.
  3. You can add 1 tsp sugar also if you like. If you are dieting avoid it completely.
  4. Also for dieting, you can add less oil while cooking.

Take pan and heat oil in it. When oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds and jeera seeds to it and let them splutter. Add hing to it. Now dry curry leaves and chopped onion to it. Let them cook nicely till onions become transparent in color. Add all vegetables to it and let them cook a little by putting the lid on. You don’t want to overcook your vegetables, just a little so that you can feel the crunch while eating. I have added peas in the last as they were frozen peas and already boiled.

Now remove the lid and add red poha to it. Mix them softly, as you don’t want to break your poha. Add saunf or fennel seeds powder to it and again mix it gently. Add lemon juice to it and mix it. Cover the lid and let them cook for 2 minutes. Your poha is ready to eat.

You can serve them with tea in the breakfast or as I prefer to have them as dinner. You can have them as a snack for your choti moti hungers also. It will be a light and spicy treat for you.

Garnish them with chopped coriander leaves before serving. You can also add little bit of Namkeen or sev with it. This one is diet friendly recipe so no Namkeen is allowed. Also to add some sweetness to it you can garnish it with few pomegranate on the top.

Yes, if you are in Madhya Pradesh, Poha jalebi is famous breakfast. Their poha are usually served with Namkeen, chopped onions, coriander leaves and spicy masala called jeeravan. It will make your poha taste really chatpata.

Do try this recipe and let me know how was your experience. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.

Thanks for checking my recipes 🙂

Eat healthy & live healthy. Be happy always!! 🙂

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