Taak Pohe

Buttermilk Pohe

This was, may be still is, my brother's signature dish for afternoon snack. He started cooking very early. My parents were very firm about the fact that they will teach all the survival skills to both of us. That included me learning to help my father in electrical/mechanical work around the house and my brother helping my mom in cooking. Other household chores were equally distributed. I started helping my mom out when I was in 5th grade so did my brother. But he started venturing into cooking elaborate dishes earlier than me. He started experimenting with various international cuisines after he started sailing and soon realized that he loves Maharashtrian way of cooking more than anything else. Very soon he started replicating various sabjis that mom, aunts, grandmas cook to the dot. He still cooks daily when he is home.

When we were young he would make this almost every evening and mastered art of making it. I now don't remember how he came up with the recipe and why. Whenever I make it, it reminds me of the time we spent fighting making snacks.

Here is the simple recipe -

1 cup thin pohe
1.5-2 cup buttermilk
1 green chili
salt and sugar for taste
chopped cilantro
1 tbsp peanut powder
1 tsp oil
cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder for tempering

Buttermilk Pohe

Preparation -
Chop chili and cilantro. Add 1 cup buttermilk to thin pohe and add salt and sugar immediately. In a small kadhai heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Add green chilies once mustard seeds start sputtering. Turn off the heat and mix tempering,chopped to the pohe and buttermilk mixture. Add more buttermilk if the mixture is thick.

Tips -
  1. I make buttermilk using 1 part of yogurt to 2 parts of water and mix sugar, salt to the buttermilk to avoid forming lumps of sugar and salt.
  2. If you want to make it with thick pohe, pohe that we use for kande pohe, you will have to use more buttermilk about 3 cups or so instead of 2 cups.


  1. I am a big fan of Pohe in any type or form. But when I started to make this snack last afternoon after reading your blog, I wasn't sure how much I would like it as I am not too fond of curd/buttermilk. But I give this 10/10. Pure comfort in a bowl and it can be put together in minutes. Perfect snack for when u want to curl up on the couch and read :)

  2. Hi Mints (is that your real name?),

    I have no clue on which blog to comment cos you have 5! I have put up the links to the bookmark. Are you on Ravelry?

  3. Forgot the pohe! I have never seen buttermilk added to thin pohe..doesn't it become soft? or is it suppose to be like that?

  4. Hi SJ, welcome to my blog. Yes it is supposed to be soft. And yes I am on ravelary with the same name.

  5. Priya, it is sure comfort in a bowl on a nice sunny day!

  6. ताक पोहे कधी खाल्ले नव्हते. आम्ही दही-पोहे बनवायचो. ह्या पाककृती प्रमाणे ताक-पोहे पण खाउन अभिप्राय देईन.
    पोह्याच्या इतर प्रकारामधे दडपे पोहे बनवतात तसे आम्ही लोणचे-पोहे पण खायचो. आम्ही लहान असताना, जुने लोणच्याची बरणी लवकर संपवायला हा पदार्थ हमखास बनवला जात असे.


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