Breakfast Special Dadpe Pohe - An Almost Lost Recipe
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Dadpe Pohe is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast dish that is loved for its simplicity, flavors, and versatility. Made with flattened rice flakes, commonly known as poha, and a medley of spices, herbs, and vegetables, this dish offers a delightful start to the day. Originating from the state of Maharashtra in India, Dadpe Pohe holds a special place in the hearts of Maharashtrians. The word "dadpe" translates to "raw" or "uncooked" in Marathi, referring to the unique preparation method of this dish. Dadpe Pohe is typically enjoyed as a breakfast meal or as a snack during festive occasions, making it an integral part of Maharashtrian cuisine and culture.

Dadpe Pohe offers a burst of flavours with each bite. The combination of tanginess from lemon juice, spiciness from green chillies, and earthiness from turmeric creates a harmonious blend. The soft texture of the poha, along with the crunchiness of peanuts and the freshness of coriander, adds an enjoyable contrast.

While the basic recipe remains constant, variations of Dadpe Pohe can be found across different regions of Maharashtra. Some variations include the addition of grated coconut, grated carrots, diced potatoes, or sprouts, offering a range of flavours and textures to suit individual preferences.

Here is the recipe for traditional dadpe pohe.

Recipe - Ruchkar Mejwani


  • 2 cups poha
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  • Rinse the poha under running water for a few seconds. Drain the water and set it aside to soften.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add cumin seeds and curry leaves, and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add peanuts to the pan and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Add chopped onions and green chillies to the pan and sauté until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.
  • Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt, and sugar over the mixture and mix well.
  • Add the rinsed poha to the pan and gently mix everything together, ensuring that the poha is coated with the spices and vegetables. Cook for a few minutes until the poha is heated through.
  • Turn off the heat and drizzle lemon juice over the poha. Mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot Dadpe Pohe as a breakfast dish or as a snack.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices and flavours according to your taste preferences. You can also add grated coconut, grated carrots, diced potatoes, or sprouts for additional variations. Enjoy your Dadpe Pohe!