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Keto Poha (Indian Breakfast Dish)

Cauliflower to the rescue once again

Poha is a staple Indian breakfast that’s made from a flattened and dehydrated rice flake (which is called Poha).  It’s a favourite of many Indians and is one of those dishes that people on the Keto lifestyle tend to miss quite a bit. A while back I cooked up a Keto version of Upma, another Indian breakfast dish that’s made from semolina flour. I use cauliflower pulsed in the food processor to resemble the semolina. It was pretty obvious that cauliflower would come to my rescue to create a Keto Poha.

When poha was made at my house we always used potato in it (often called batata poha) and I knew I wanted that potato element in my dish. Since I’m been saying it for a while now ‘cauliflower’ is the new potato, it was pretty obvious what I had to do. I used the cauliflower stalks and chopped them up like a potato and boiled them to replace the potato element. It was perfect! Anyway watch the video and see for yourself.

Carbinator!!!

This recipe has a decent amount of net carbs in it, 9 grams for a single serving of 250 calories. For most Keto folks that is a lot. I would say it’s fairly easy to reduce that number by just using less of the red onion, maybe use 30 grams instead of 60 for the whole dish and perhaps use 1/2 the amount of peanuts as well. The meat and potatoes of this dish (no pun intended) is the cauliflower itself and the flavours come largely from the mustard seeds, curry leaves and tumeric. I would also throw some chopped bacon in this. I can already see the scornful look of thy ‘pure-vegetarian’ viewer. Either way this will definitely appeal to those who are perhaps a bit bored with eggs for breakfast or perhaps just need an interesting keto snack.

Keto Poha

Nutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 252
  • Net Carbs: 9g
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fiber: 5g

This recipe makes 2 servings.  Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

Keto Poha
Keto Poha (Indian Breakfast Dish)
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A savoury and spicy Indian breakfast.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Keto Poha
Keto Poha (Indian Breakfast Dish)
Yum
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.86
You:
Rate this recipe!
A savoury and spicy Indian breakfast.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 300 grams Cauliflower
  • 60 grams Diced Red Onion
  • 30 grams Peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Tumeric
  • 1 Green Chilly
  • 8 Curry Leaves Order them here
  • Salt to Taste
  • Cilantro/Coriander For garnish
  • a squeeze of Lime Juice
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Instructions
  1. Start by prepping the cauliflower. Separate it into florets and the stalks. Wash thoroughly.
  2. Shape and cut the stalk into cubes to resemble potatoes and rice the florets in a food processor.
  3. Boil the stalks in salted water for 10 minutes or till tender
  4. Dry roast the peanuts in a frying pan till they get a nice golden brown colour and set aside
  5. In the same pan heat up 1 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp butter (alternatively you can use 2 tbsp of ghee instead)
  6. Then add in the mustard seeds and once they start popping add in the curry leaves and the onions.
  7. Season with some salt and tumeric and fry out the spice
  8. Then add in the peanuts and green chillies and cook for a further minute or so.
  9. Add in the cauliflower rice, season with salt, add a splash of water and cover and cook till tender.
  10. Once the cauliflower has cooked add in the fake potatoes and give it all a good mix.
  11. Finish with coriander and a squeeze of lime juice
  12. Serve.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Shivani
    February 21, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Looks yum ! Sahil waiting for a idli recipe. Please try keto.idli

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    Christine T.
    February 22, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Clever use of the cauliflower stalk that I’ve been wasting up to now. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa
    February 22, 2018 at 1:23 am

    So you’re brilliant? So? 🙂

  • Reply
    Marcelle
    February 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I SOOOO want to try this but I do not want to spend almost $15 for some curry leaves. Can I use powdered curry instead and if so, how much???

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 24, 2018 at 5:51 am

      Use a teaspoon of curry powder, it’s not going to taste the same but you can always save that for another time it will still taste good.

    • Reply
      Avni
      March 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      It’s usually available for 99c in Indian grocery stores in Eastern and Central zones

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      Art Scott
      September 14, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Marcell…if you have Asian groceties in your area…they should have curry leaved…the last i bought was under $3 for a good amount for pangang curry

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    Walosi
    February 25, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Chef Makhija, does this freeze well? Thank you.

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 26, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Yes you can freeze this.

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    mandar
    February 28, 2018 at 6:43 am

    what if we leave the peanuts out?
    will that decrease the carbs?
    i dont think cauliflower got much carbs

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 28, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Yes it will reduce carbs if you leave out the peanuts and if you use less onion

  • Reply
    Avni
    March 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    All your recipes are great 👍🏻 that ways I don’t miss or crave Indian breakfasts(upma/ poha) or snacks/ deserts when on Keto

    Thanks a lot !
    Best regards
    Avni

  • Reply
    Brian
    March 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Wow! So fragrant and so delicious. Thank you so much for this and all the wonderful recipes.

  • Reply
    shammi
    March 13, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I am going to try this ! looks interesting! thanks Sushil !

  • Reply
    Lee Scrivens
    March 13, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Love your site, your enthusiasm is wonderful. Great recipes 🙂

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