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Matar Poha Recipe

Matar Poha is one of the most loved Indian breakfast recipes. Find how to make a delicious poha recipe with the simple step by step video.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • Heavy Bottom Kadhai


  • 2 Cup Flattened rice (Poha)
  • 1 Cup green peas (Matar)
  • 1 Cup sliced onion
  • 1 - 2 green chillies, sliced
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • ¼ Cup peanuts
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon green chutney
  • 4 tablespoon cooking oil
  • few chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of one lemon


  • Place the flattened rice in a metal colander and rinse with water. Once it is moistened nicely. Set aside. Do not rinse the poha for too long else it will turn mushy.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadai. Add the mustard seeds and fry till the mustard splutters. Add curry leaves and green chilies to the oil, fry for 10 - 20 seconds.
  • Now add the sliced onion, peanut, and fry for 1 - 2 minutes or till the onion turns light golden in color.
  • Add the green peas and fry nicely for the next 5 minutes. Season with salt, sugar, and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Once the green peas are nicely cooked add the softened flattened rice (chura).
  • Add fresh coriander, lemon juice, and green chutney. Mix nicely and cover the pan with a lid. Allow the poha to cook for 2 - 3 minutes covered for the flavors to combine well. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve Matar Poha for breakfast or as a tea time snack topped with aloo bhujia.



  • Try to use thick flattened rice (poha) for this recipe. The thin flakes of rice get mushy and do not tend to yield a fluffy matar poha.
  • At times, I add an equal amount of poha and peas in the chura matar. You can keep the proportion either 2:1 or 1:1.
  • Adding sugar is totally optional. But a hint of sweetness gives the flavors of the poha a perfect balance.The sweet tamarind chutney also gives a delicious taste to the matar poha.
  • If you are using frozen green peas, make sure to thaw them at room temperature before adding to the dish.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg