Poha Steamed Wade Recipe

Poha Steamed Wade Recipe

50 Mins
4-5 People
10 Mins



Discovering the Poha Steamed Wade recipe was like stumbling upon a hidden culinary gem. It all started when I was visiting a quaint village in Maharashtra, where I had the opportunity to taste authentic local delicacies. One sunny morning, I was invited to a neighbor's house for breakfast, and to my delight, they served these fluffy and flavorful Poha Steamed Wades. The aroma of fresh herbs and spices filled the air as I took my first bite, and I was instantly captivated by the unique combination of textures and flavors. Since that memorable day, Poha Steamed Wades have held a special place in my heart and my recipe collection.




Recipe of Poha Steamed Wade 




For Podi Powder:

  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal
  • 1 tbsp Rice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Methi seeds
  • ½ tbsp Black pepper
  • ½ tbsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Hing
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 8-10 Dry red chillies
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Steam Wade:

  • 2 cups Poha (flattened rice)
  • ½ cup Suji (semolina)
  • ¼ cup Curd
  • 9-10 Curry leaves
  • A handful of Coriander
  • ½ tbsp Chopped green chilli
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • Very little Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Jeera (cumin)
  • ½ tbsp Chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Ghee

For Tadka:

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Udad dal
  • 1 tsp Cashew
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 9-10 Curry leaves





Podi Powder:

  1. Prepare the Pan: Heat a pan over medium heat for dry roasting.

  2. Roasting Dal and Rice: Add chana dal, urad dal, and rice to the pan. Toast until golden brown.

  3. Add Spices: Add coriander seeds, methi seeds, black pepper, and mustard seeds. Toast until fragrant.

  4. Flavour Enhancers: Include hing, sesame seeds, dry red chilies, and curry leaves. Roast to intensify flavors.

  5. Cool and Blend: Let the roasted mixture cool, then grind into a fine powder.

  6. Final Touch: Mix in salt thoroughly. Your podi powder is ready.


Steam Wade:

  1. Preparing Poha: Wash poha thoroughly, rinse, strain, and let sit for 5-10 mins to remove excess moisture.

  2. Grind the Mixture: In a mixer jar, combine soaked poha, suji, curd, curry leaves, coriander, green chilli, ginger, salt, and a little water. Coarsely grind and transfer to a mixing bowl.

  3. Seasoning: Heat oil in a pan. Sauté chana dal, udad dal, and cashews until golden. Add jeera and curry leaves. Pour this tadka into the poha mixture and mix well.

  4. Shaping the Wade: Apply oil to pieces of banana leaves. Place a portion of the poha mixture on each leaf, spread evenly into a circular shape with a hole in the center.

  5. Steaming: Arrange wade on a steamer tray. Steam for 10-12 minutes until fully cooked and firm.

  6. Final Touch: Drizzle ghee and sprinkle homemade podi powder generously over the steamed wade.




About the Recipe


Poha Steamed Wades are a traditional Maharashtrian snack made from flattened rice (poha), lentils, and spices. The mixture is shaped into small balls and steamed until soft and fluffy. These wades are not only delicious but also nutritious, as they are packed with protein and fiber from the lentils and poha. Poha Steamed Wades are often enjoyed as a breakfast dish or as a healthy snack option.



Cooking Tips


  1. Soak the Poha: Ensure that the poha is soaked well before mixing it with the other ingredients to achieve the right texture.
  2. Use Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of the wades.
  3. Steam Thoroughly: Steam the wades until they are cooked through and fluffy.
  4. Experiment with Spices: Feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste preferences.
  5. Serve Hot: Poha Steamed Wades are best enjoyed hot with chutney or a cup of tea.



Pairing Guide


  • Green Chutney: Serve Poha Steamed Wades with tangy green chutney for a burst of flavor.
  • Coconut Chutney: Pair Poha Steamed Wades with creamy coconut chutney for a delightful combination.
  • Masala Chai: Enjoy Poha Steamed Wades with a piping hot cup of masala chai for a comforting snack.




Frequently Asked Questions about Poha Steamed Wades


  1. What are Poha Steamed Wades?
    • Poha Steamed Wades are a traditional Maharashtrian snack made from flattened rice (poha), lentils, and spices.
  2. Can I make Poha Steamed Wades ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the mixture for Poha Steamed Wades ahead of time and steam them when ready to serve.
  3. Are Poha Steamed Wades gluten-free?
    • Yes, Poha Steamed Wades are gluten-free as they do not contain any wheat or gluten-based ingredients.
  4. Can I freeze Poha Steamed Wades?
    • Yes, you can freeze Poha Steamed Wades after steaming them. Thaw them in the refrigerator before reheating.
  5. What kind of lentils are used in Poha Steamed Wades?
    • Split yellow lentils (moong dal) are commonly used in Poha Steamed Wades.
  6. Can I add vegetables to Poha Steamed Wades?
    • Yes, you can add finely chopped vegetables like carrots, peas, or bell peppers to the mixture for added flavor and nutrition.
  7. How long do Poha Steamed Wades stay fresh?
    • When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, Poha Steamed Wades can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days.
  8. Can I steam Poha Steamed Wades in a microwave?
    • Yes, you can steam Poha Steamed Wades in a microwave-safe steamer for convenience.
  9. Are Poha Steamed Wades vegan?
    • Yes, Poha Steamed Wades are vegan as they do not contain any animal products.
  10. What is the texture of Poha Steamed Wades?
    • Poha Steamed Wades have a soft and fluffy texture with a slight crunch from the soaked poha.