Phodnichi Poli (Maharashtrian Breakfast Recipe with Leftover Roti)

Phodnichi Poli is an easy to put together Maharashtrian Breakfast Recipe that uses leftover Whole Wheat Rotis to make a wholesome breakfast bowl.

Phodnichi Poli (Maharashtrian Breakfast Recipe with Leftover Roti)

A while ago, I came across this very interesting article on How the previous day’s rotis or Stale Rotis are very good for diabetics to consume – Sounds intriguing right?

Roti, Chapati or Poli as Maharashtrians term as ‘bread’ is one food item made and consumed every single day in an Indian household. While it is very difficult to estimate the exact number of rotis a person might consume, we are more often left with leftovers which no one is ready to eat the next day.

Since we are also magicians in terms of converting leftovers, Maharashtrians in particular, have managed to convert the rotis into a delicious breakfast bowl called Phodnichi Poli. A breakfast dish that I eternally love and make it the first chance I get with leftover rotis at home. The Phodnichi Poli is also called as Poli Upma or Roti Upma too.

Phodnichi Poli

The Maharashtrian Breakfast, Phodnichi Poli is a quick, easy to cook, basic ingredients available at home kind of breakfast. Ready in a jiffy, they resemble kanda pohe (flattened rice), this is extremely filling breakfast option too.

Very Similar to this recipe, the Maharashtrians cook a dish with leftover rice called Phodnicha Bhaat which is equally delicious and also had as a breakfast option.

The term ‘Phodni’ means tempering in Marathi and ‘Poli’ means roti or phulkas. The best part about this dish is that it doesn’t require any fancy side dish or chutney. May be a dash of sukki lasanachi chutney (garlic dry chutney) and piping hot chaha or tea in Marathi, you are good to go!

Recipe with Leftover Roti

Maharashtrian Breakfast recipes are my second favourite after South Indian Cuisine since I have been enjoying them like a true Mumbaikar since childhood. If you like Maharasthrian Breakfast recipes, you can try the Sabudana Khichdi which is a crowd favourite, whether fasting or not OR one of my favourites, Tandalache Ghavan.

How to Make Phodnichi Poli?

  1. Coarsely grind the leftover polis or rotis in a mixer grinder.
  2. Finely chop onions, Add some curry leaves, mustard seeds, hing etc.
  3. A quick toss of these onions, spices and ground polis, you are ready with a bowl of piping hot breakfast.

The recipe is not gluten free as it contains wheat. You can however, follow the same process with Ragi or Nagliche Bhakris, Jowar or Bajra rotis too for a gluten free breakfast bowl. Traditionally, this is made with leftover Wheat Flour Rotis only.

Food Wastage has been increasing over the years and while we are focusing on energy conservation, we forget that food wastage is one of the biggest culprits of energy loss. We need to make future generations responsible and equip our kitchens to handle excess food by planning and donating religiously. With growing nuclear families, cooking small portions and dealing with leftovers by converting them into nutritious breakfast options is our biggest bet!

Let us look at the recipe of Phodnichi Poli below with step by step pics.

Recipe of Phodnichi Poli with step by step pics

Prep Time – 15 mins

Cook Time – 10 mins

Serves 2


  1. 10 nos. A day old Rotis or Phulkas
  2. 2 medium onions finely chopped
  3. 1/2 tsp of haldi powder or turmeric
  4. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  5. Few green chillies finely chopped
  6. Few sprigs of curry leaves
  7. Few coriander leaves finely chopped
  8. A pinch of asafoetida
  9. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  10. 1/2 tsp of jeera or cumin seeds
  11. 1 or 2 whole red chillies broken
  12. 2 tblsp oil
  13. salt to taste


  1. Roughly tear the leftover rotis and coarsly grind them into a mixer grinder (as shown in the pic below).
  2. Heat a kadhai, add oil, crackle the mustard seeds followed by some hing and cumin seeds.
  3. Add the red chillies, curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for few minutes.
  4. Now add the onions and cook them until translucent.
  5. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and some salt to taste. (Roti dough contains salt so add accordingly) and mix well.
  6. Now add the coarsely ground rotis and mix everything well together. Cook this with a lid on for 5 mins on low flame until the rotis soften up a little.
  7. Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  8. Serve piping hot with a side of curd or chutney of your choice.
how to make phodnichi poli
Leftover Roti Torn and placed in Mixer Grinder Jar
How to make Phodnichi poli
Coarsely ground Rotis or Chapati
How to make Phodnichi poli
Chopped onions, coriander and curry leaves
How to make Phodnichi poli
Tempering of mustard, jeera and red chillies with hing
How to make Phodnichi poli
Translucent onions with red chilli, salt, turmeric powder
How to make Phodnichi poli
Add the ground rotis, coriander leaves and mix well
How to make Phodnichi poli
Phodnichi Poli ready to be served

Recipe Notes

  • To achieve coarse ground roti mixture, refrigerate the leftover rotis or polis.
  • The Phodnichi poli can be made with fresh rotis too. However, the leftover or day old rotis work best. They are slightly dry and the exact texture which is required.
  • You can adjust the quantity of red chillies or green chillies for this dish. You can also add some garlic cloves if you like.

If you try this at home, please give me a shout out / Tag Me on any of my social media handles.

Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jyo

    Best usage of leftovers Vidhya…I ll definitely love this?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Jyo!

  2. Indus

    Making good use of leftovers is also a talent. Good one

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you.

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