Simple Konkani Breakfast From My Granny’s Kitchen - Poha Recipe (Phovu Phaan Recipe)

Simple Konkani Breakfast From My Granny’s Kitchen - Poha Recipe (Phovu Phaan Recipe)

Here's a good old tasty breakfast recipe. A simple poha/beaten rice recipe from my granny's kitchen. It's very nutritious, super healthy & high in protien too. A popular breakfast, tea time snack in Konkani households since ages. This is the simplest poha you can make in just 10-15 minutes. Soak thick variety poha, temper it & done. I make it little extra sweet, tastes yum.

It's rice flakes or beaten rice or flattened rice stir fry called phovu phaan in Konkani. Here's tempered flattened rice recipe for you:


  • 3/4 cup of flattened rice (medium thick poha variety) (phovu)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon urad dal
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 leaflet of curry leaves
  • Salt for taste
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (or more if you like it sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated coconut


  • 1 medium sized onion (optional)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds (optional)
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • coriander leaves (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of groundnut

Serves: 1-2

Ready in: 10-15 minutes

Preparation Method:

  1. Wash flattened rice twice using fresh water. Drain out all of the water completely. Make sure there's no water.
  2. Set aside flattened rice for 5 minutes. Keep it aside in a bowl. During this time it will puff up & soften.
  3. Then heat oil in a wok, mustard seeds. When they splutter, add in cumin seeds.
  4. Then add in finely chopped ginger, slit green chillies, pieces of dried red chilli, curry leaves & fry them for a minute. 
  5. Then add in finely chopped onion, salt to help fasten it’s frying. Fry them until they are translucent.
  6. Then add in flattened rice kept aside salt, sugar, grated coconut & mix well. 
  7. Allow it to heat up for 3 minutes. Remove it off heat & serve.


  1. You can add lemon juice & finely chopped fresh coriander leaves in the end if you wish.
  2. You choose to not add onions on days you are supposed to eat satvic. Usually on festival days.
  3. You can choose to skip cumin seeds while using ginger.
  4. I skip ginger at times as I prefer it flavoured with cumin seeds or onions.
  5. You can choose to add more sugar, skip green chillies if you're making it for kids.
  6. Use groundnut is you like, for more protein. Fry 2 tablespoons of groundnut before adding mustard until they start to brown. Rest of the steps remain the same.

Medium thick poha:

Soaked poha:

Medium thick poha before & after soaking:

Tags; KIds breakfast, tannek, satvik cooking, festival cooking, age old breakfast