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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chivda (Spicy rice flakes mixture)

Chivda is an Indian any time snack. Traditionally, in Maharashtra it is made with thin poha (rice flakes). It is a common snack item made during Diwali. Even though every house has it's own version of it, so far I have loved  my mom's version the best. It is the most crispiest and tastiest.

Chivda (Spicy rice flakes mixture)
Chivda (Spicy rice flakes mixture)
Chivda - Recipe
Thin poha (rice flakes) - 1/2 kg
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Roasted chana dal (dalia) - 1/2 cup
Dry coconut thin vertical slices - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 8-10 (chopped)
Curry leaves - 1/8 cup
Mustard seeds - 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Poppy seeds - 2 teaspoons
Cashews - 1/8 cup
Oil, Salt, Sugar and Asafoetida

1. Heat oil in a large pot and shallow fry peanuts, cashews and coconut slices one after the other on a low flame until golden brown. Keep aside.
2. Heat oil in the same pot and add little turmeric and salt only enough for the poha you will put in. Shallow fry the thin poha for 10 - 12 minutes. If the pot is small to contain all the poha at a time, do this in 2 batches. This is the key step to get that poha crispy. When done keep aside.
3. This is the final step now. Heat oil again in the same pot.
4. Temper with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and sugar.
5. Immediately add roasted chana dal, poppy seeds, peanuts, cashews and coconut slices. Fry just for 30 seconds.
6. Then add the poha and mix well. Let the flavors blend for 10 - 12 minutes, keep stirring though and try not to break those flakes.
7. When done let it cool down and then store in an airtight container. This makes it stay crispy longer.

Some variations:
1. You can skip coconut slices or cashews or add sesame seeds, raisins
2. Some people like to add cumin and coriander powders.


  1. Delicious and perfect snack for tea time.

  2. crunchy n yummy to munch it any time of the day :)
    nicely done!!
    Spicy Treats

    1. thanks Sangeetha. This snack doesn't last long in my house. vanishes in 3-4 days:)

  3. I saw a little smart tip on someone else's blog. You can get crisp poha by just putting it into the microwave for just less than a minute. And they are indeed very crisp. And no oil!! The tempering here looks just great.

    1. Thanks for that tip Radha. will try that next time.

  4. Awesome looking Chivda :)

    Yum Yum :)

  5. That does look very tempting. i love poha in most forms so this looks like a must-try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Anytime munching snack...i always stock this up....

  7. i love chivdas. never made them though... have to try soon

  8. Wow, I'm so intrigued by this dish! I've never made/heard of this before but I'm excited to give it a try!

  9. Chivida looks delicious, I like these kind of munchies a lot.

  10. So lovely!

  11. Oh wow, I love Chivda and I remember eating a lot when we stayed in Mumbai for a few years during my childhood :-)

    You have a very nice space here, do visit mine when time permits!


    1. Thanks for dropping in Manju. Will visit yours soon.


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