Poha Upma/Hash


Poha Upma/ Hash

Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1/2 C Vegetables of your choice: each: Onions, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, baby lima beans, peas, corn, carrots, edamame, red cabbage, cabbage, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, greens (spinach, collard greens, chard etc.)
  • 1 C thick Red poha (flattened rice, available at any Indian grocery store)
  • 1/8 tsp or a pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp Lime or Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp dry roasted peanuts or seeds of your choice
  • 1/8 tsp Salt to taste


  • 1. Dice your pick of vegetables and set aside.
  • 2. Rinse the poha under running water in a colander and set aside.

Method 1: In a pan:

  • 1. Saute chopped onions in a hot pan until cooked. Add vegetables based on the cooking time. Add vegetables that take longest to cook, first. Like carrots, lima beans, etc. Cook these for 2-3 mins then add all other vegetables based on their cooking time.
    Add a TBS of water as necessary to ensure the onions or vegetables dont stick to the pan.
  • 2. Once the vegetables are cooked al dante, add the rinsed poha. Add 1-2 TBS water, as required.
  • 3. Add chopped ginger, salt and cover and cook for 4-5 mins.
  • 4. Garnish with lime or lemon juice and chopped cilantro
  • 5. Enjoy as a snack of a whole meal!

Method 2: In an Instant Pot: (10-12mins)

  • 1. Layer in the following order in the Instant Pot (3Q, 6Q or 8Q)
    3/4 C Water
    Your choice of vegetables (in the order of cooking time, longest first)
    Rinsed poha (flattened rice)
    Chopped Ginger
    Chopped Green chilies
    Salt to taste
  • 2. Close Instant Pot. Cook on High Pressure for 0 Mins; Quick Release (it takes 10-12 mins to come to pressure and reach 0 mins. Do not walk away. Stay close and keep an eye on the IP timing)
  • 3. Transfer immediately to a large wide bowl or glass pan to cool immediately (to stop the cooking process)
  • 4. Garnish with lime juice and chopped cilantro
  • 5. ENJOY!!! with a tsp of dry roasted spanish peanuts!


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