Vermicelli Poha

by Kiran on November 4, 2014 · 25 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Indian, Noodles

Hello Friends!

How is it November already? By the time its 5 pm, darkness looms and there’s no mood to do anything productive at all. Including packing.

Vermicelli Poha | @KiranTarun
Traveling lightly has to be one of the biggest challenges that I’m always facing. I’m in awe with guys who travel so lightly. Ask the Husband and he’ll agree.

It takes mere 30 minutes to do his packing, but for me, it takes a full 1 day of planning and packing, and then repacking just so I can fit everything in one tiny carry-on suitcase and a HUGE handbag.

Yeah, I’m that girl that loves a huge handbag which can fit everything that TSA allows. Or just a place where I can toss everything after struggling to close a small carry-on.

Vermicelli Poha | @KiranTarun
Packing day is a huge chore for me, so I almost always need a good breakfast that would keep my belly and me happy for a few hours. Because let’s face it, packing is BORING. All the more excuse to seek comfort in foods.

Poha does that to me, all the time. Chai too!

Vermicelli Poha | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4


  • 2 heaping cups of cooked vermicelli
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/8 tsp hing (asafoetida powder)
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilies, slited
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 heaping cups of cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping cup of green beans, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice

garnishes: 4 tbsp toasted peanuts, 4 tbsp pomegranate seeds and 4 tbsp finely minced fresh coriander leaves.


  1. Prepare vermicelli as per instructions on the package and set aside to drain once cooked. Do not overcook. Allow it to be a little al-dente.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Drizzle in some cooking oil and wait to heat before adding mustard seeds. Wait until seeds pop or sputter before adding hing, turmeric powder, chilies, curry leaves and minced ginger. Cook for 30 seconds before adding chopped onions.
  3. Cook onions until translucent. Add finely chopped cauliflower and green beans. Stir to combine and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, covered. Stir a few times in between before adding chopped carrots. Cook for 2 minutes before throwing in chopped bell peppers.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and sprinkle on some salt, black pepper and lime juice. Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes before adding cooked vermicelli.
  5. Stir everything to combine and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with toasted peanuts, pomegranate seeds and minced coriander leaves. Hot masala chai is the best accompaniment.


Vermicelli Poha | @KiranTarun
Off to unpack, which is another chore that is absolutely time consuming and BORING. Perhaps an excuse to fix me a plate of poha and a mug of hot chai? The mere thought of it already makes me and my belly happy 🙂

What gets you through a HATED/BORING chore?

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1 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Only you to food style so beatifully a vermicelli pasta dish, Kiran!
Yes, I agree… Packing is boring… and unpacking is chaos –at least for me. Hehe!
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2 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Denise — awww, thanks love! packing is definitely chaos 😀


3 Dixya November 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I hate both packing and unpacking too…
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4 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Dixya — gosh, don’t we all 😀


5 Shibi@FlavzCorner November 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Loved the contrast in the 3rd picture!!!


6 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Shibi — looks like someone is a huge fan of moody food styling. thanks dear 🙂


7 Lail | With A Spin November 5, 2014 at 2:57 AM

I traveled every week for 4+ years for work. Often this included weekly overseas trips, so I’m kind of a pro to pack/unpack for business trips. Now, pleasure trips, they are totally a different story. Love the sound of this poha.
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8 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Lail — you have a patience of steel my friend 🙂


9 Rosa November 5, 2014 at 4:45 AM

Scrumptious! That is something I’d love to try making.




10 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Rosa — thanks and you must try this recipe 🙂


11 John@Kitchen Riffs November 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

What a great dish! Full of flavor, and just gorgeous looking. Great photos. And I agree packing is the pits. Not a fun thing to do at all.
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12 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Thanks John!


13 Choc Chip Uru November 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Ma often makes poha with just normal rice, we have never tried it with vermicelli! It looks lighter and has a beautiful colour to it 😀

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14 Kiran November 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Tell Ma to make it with vermicelli this time. It’s a game-changer 🙂 xo


15 Monet November 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM

You are just like my mom! I pack quickly…but I always end up leaving things at home that I later need. This is such a gorgeous dish. I want a big bowl in front of me now.
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16 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 5, 2014 at 11:38 PM

It looks so appetizing and beautiful, Kiran.
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17 Shashi @ runninsrilankan November 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Kiran your photos are gorgeous! I cannot stand unpacking – even though I am a light packer to begin with! This “poha” sounds comforting!


18 Carol at Wild Goose Tea November 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I am with you about packing. Packing lightly is the challenge.
I am getting better for at least for trips up to 3 or 4 days. Gosh this dish is full of splendid ingredients and spices. So many veggies that I wouldn’t fill guilty about the noodles.
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19 sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog November 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Mmmm – this sounds so delicious!!
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20 Daniela November 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Fantastic Vermicelli and the garnish gives a wonderful touch of extra flavor.
Packing light is still a challenge for me 🙂
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21 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 8, 2014 at 4:02 AM

I learnt how to pack light in time. Now I am very good, if I might say so 🙂 Your Poha looks great!
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22 Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook November 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I could really go some of this right now – it looks amazing! And I hate packing also – so afraid I’ll forget something that I really need!
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23 Kitchen Belleicious November 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

it is kind of reminiscent of our version of jambalaya or dirty rice without the rice of course. I am loving all the flavors up in here. It looks divine
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24 Manali @ CookWithManali November 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

the 3rd picture is beautiful! Pinning! I love poha, it’s one of favorite breakfast and I make it all the time! yours look great!
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25 Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong November 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I totally agree with you.. packing and unpacking is a major chore and it is extremely BORING.. but this vermicelli poha looks absolutely delicious and flavourful.. 🙂
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