How to Make Poha for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Poha Recipe

Poha, a common Indian name for flattened rice or beaten rice, is Indian’s much-loved snack. It can be consumed as dinner too and it is usually served with toppings like raw onion, sev, peanuts and sometimes grated coconut. As you prepare your baby for weaning, introducing poha is an idea that will surely work its magic for your little one, and we are sure they will love it! Poha is an easy to chew food item, and it’s salty, tangy and sweet flavours together make it a fantastic food item.

Wondering about how to make poha? It is a quick and easy to prepare recipe. So let’s get started:

Cooking Time

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:05:00
Cook Time 00:20:00
Total Time 00:25:00

Cooking Method

Gas Stove

Type of Meal


Suitable For

Toddlers above 12 months of age

Meal Schedule

Breakfast, Mid Morning Snack, Lunch, Evening Snack or Dinner

Recipe Type 

Main Dish (in terms of serving to a toddler)


Ingredient Quantity
Poha (medium to thick flakes) 1.5 cups
Curry Leaves One sprig
Onion (finely chopped) One medium-sized
Peas ½ cup
Potato (Cubed to small size) ½ cup
Mustard seeds ¾ tsp
Cumin Seeds ¾ tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Salt As per taste
Red Chilli Powder(optional) ½ tsp
Lemon Juice As per taste
Coriander Leaves(finely chopped) 2 tbsp


Following is the step by step procedure to prepare this quick recipe:

  1. Wash the poha nicely with 4 to 5 cups of water and then rinse the water thoroughly.
  2. Keep the poha aside so that it softens and meanwhile cook onion, potato and peas.
  3. Place a pan on the burner and pour in the oil.
  4. When the oil gets hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  5. When they start to crackle, add curry leaves and onion. Saute the onions till they turn light pink.
  6. Now add peas and potato. Add salt just for the vegetables to cook. Cover the pan and let them cook. Keep stirring in between. It might take 2-3 minutes to cook. You can add water as well so that they do not burn.
  7. Once the peas and potato are done, add turmeric powder and red chilli powder (optional).
  8. Now add the poha to the pan. Add salt, sugar and lemon juice for poha.
  9. Mix everything properly—Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on very low heat.
  10. Add the chopped coriander leaves and switch the flame off.
  11. Poha is ready to serve.

Recipe Tips

Do keep the following things in mind while preparing easy poha recipe for your kids:

  1. You can sprinkle a little bit of water just before adding the poha to the pan. This ensures the poha doesn’t turn out dry.
  2. You can skip adding peas and potato, but we have included both because it is good to feed vegetables to kids. Also, if you are running short of time, you can add boiled potatoes and skip peas.
  3. Wash your hands properly before preparing the recipe.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Type Quantity
Energy 298 kCal
Carbohydrates 44 grams
Protein 5.5 grams
Fat 11.2 grams
Dietary Fibre 4.7 grams
Sodium 39 mg
Potassium 600 mg
Vitamin C 46 mg
Iron 8.3 mg
Calcium 74 mg

Health Benefits

There are many health advantages of serving homemade poha baby food recipe to your kids. Some of the benefits are listed here:

  1. The carbohydrate content of this quick recipe is quite high. It is a healthy source of providing carbohydrates to your kid. Also, this ensures that the child is energetic and full for long. You do not need to feed him/her again and again.
  2. The recipe is easy to chew and is light on the stomach. It can be digested easily.
  3. The recipe is rich in iron and calcium as well.

Buying Guide

Following ingredients need to be bought carefully for poha recipe for toddlers:

  1. To avoid the poha getting mushy, buy thick or medium flaked poha. The thinner one will turn mushy as soon as you rinse it under the water and is not suitable for this recipe.
  2. Try to buy the vegetables used in this recipe from organic stores. This ensures safer ways of farming.

This recipe is easy to cook and can be consumed by everyone. There is no need to cook different meals for the elders and the juniors. Poha is eaten and loved by all! Happy Motherhood.

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