Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha) | How to make Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha)

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  • By Trisha Rudra
    Created on 30th Nov 2016

About Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha)

Chirer Polao is a variation of the ever-so-popular western breakfast, Poha. Chira/Chire meaning flattened rice is cooked Pulao style, with some potatoes and boiled peanuts, and makes for a very filling breakfast. This is also a popular lunch-box recipe around the Eastern states of India :) This is my version, adapted from my Nani's recipe!

  • Prep Time10mins
  • Cook Time20mins
  • Serves4People
Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha)

Ingredients to make Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha)

  • Chire/Poha/Flattened Rice – 2 cups (about 300 gms)
  • Onions – 3, chopped
  • Potatoes – 1 large, or 2 small, boiled, peeled, diced into small pieces
  • Tomatoes – 1 large, chopped fine
  • Peanuts – 1 cup, boiled
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander – chopped, for garnish
  • Green chilies – 3, chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Lemon – for garnish
  • Mustard oil – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

How to make Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha)

  1. Wash and keep the flattened rice aside to drain.
  2. Heat a kadhai/deep-bottomed vessel and add the Mustard Oil.
  3. When hot, add the cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  4. Now add the chopped onions, and fry lightly until translucent, and then add the boiled potatoes, peanuts and a little salt.
  5. Stir fry for a couple of minutes, until well combined. Now add the sugar, tomatoes, and the washed chire.
  6. Season with remaining salt, and ghee and toss well on a medium flame until you see the chire softening and changing colour to a pale golden (which means it’s cooked)
  7. Garnish with remaining coriander, a sprinkle of lemon juice, and serve hot.
My Tip: You can add vegetables like shredded carrots, beans, peas or cauliflower to this in winter. Though personally, I find it tastes best just the way it is, with a good squirt of lemon, and a little spicy green chutney for accompaniment.

Reviews for Chirer Polao (Bengali-style Poha) (2)

Ishita Halder4 months ago
Thanks a lot. I really needed the recipe.
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Trisha Rudra
2 months ago
Glad to be of help Ishita :D

Anupama Kumari8 months ago
Looks amazing!
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Trisha Rudra
2 months ago
Thank you!!