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Zucchini Poha

Vania Cotta
This is one of those quick and easy to make comfort foods which can be snacked on at any time of the day or night.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 250 gms Poha
  • 3 nos Potatoes medium sized
  • 2 nos Red onions finely chopped
  • 3 nos Zucchini or courgettes grated
  • ½ inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 8-10 nos Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves handful, finely chopped-for garnishing
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 nos Lemon juice
  • tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • Roasted or Fried Groundnuts/Peanuts Handful
  • 2 nos Green chillies fresh, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying


  • First wash the beaten rice well and then soak it in hot water for 2mins. Strain the water out well and let it stand.
  • To the fov, add salt to taste and turmeric powder and give it a good toss.
  • Get all your mis-en-place ready. Finely chop onions, ginger, green chillies and keep aside.
  • Grate the zucchini and keep aside.
  • Boil the potaotes, peel them, cube them and set aside.
  • Place a pot on a medium flame. Once the pot is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let it crackle. Once that's done, add the ginger and chillies and let them sweat away.
  • Next add the onions and pinch of salt. Saute for a few minutes.
  • Next add the grated courgettes. Fry until the water dries out. Keep stirring so that it doesn't get burnt or stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  • In a separate pan, fry the groundnuts for a few minutes. Do not let them burn.
  • In the same pan add the boiled potato cubes and shallow fry them too.
  • Add this to the main pot and saute for a minute, mixing all together.
  • Put the flame off and add the prepped beaten rice. Give it a good toss.
  • Squeeze on some lemon or lime juice. Check the salt and add more if needed. Give it a good toss.
  • Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.


  • You can omit this step of soaking the beaten rice in hot water if you want fuller grains. 
  • You can replaced the red onions with any other type of onions, whichever are available.
  • This dish is best eaten hot with some masala chai as an accompaniment. 
  • Also, you can grate some carrot and add it to the dish too if you wish too. 
Keyword Courgette Poha, Poha, Zucchini Poha