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Monday, April 13, 2015

Poha Chivda | Beaten Rice Snack | Quick Snacks

Chivda is a healthy snack made with beaten rice,popular in the Western parts of India esp Maharashtra.Chivda is available in different types,tastes and flavors.Whenever I used to visit home from Pune,I always had a big pack of this tempting snack,chivda.Loved munching this snack very much and everyone at home liked too.I have been making this snack for a long time now and that's the reason of the late posting of this snack in this space,he he.Recipes which are made frequently make their chance very late in this space as I keep postponing to click pics and to write down too,do you guys do the same?Anyways,this is a must try snack for all who love savory crunchy snacks with tea.This snack is much healthier as it uses very  less oil and has dry fruits and nuts with spices.The poha chivda has fennel and cumin flavors along with mild sweetness and salty touch.Enjoy with a cup of tea !!

The blog recipe is the quick healthy version which can be made instantly for tea and used. In the video, I have deep fried the poha for long storing. You can use which ever recipe is comfortable to your family.

Preparation time~15 minutes
Cooking time~ 10 minutes
Level~ easy 
Servings ~ 4 adults
*beaten rice/aval/ poha (thin)3 cups
green chillies,vertical slit2-3
ground nuts/kappalandi 1/2 cup
dalia/pottukadala 1/3 cup
cashews/kashuvandi  1/4 cup
almonds 1/4 cup
sliced coconut 1/4 cup
golden raisins/unnaka munthiri  a handful
fennel seeds crushed/perinjeerakam 1tsp 
cumin seeds crushed/jeerakam 1tsp (optional)
turmeric powder/manjal podi 3/4 tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
black salt 1/2 tsp
amchur powder 1/4 tsp(optional)
powdered sugar 2.5 tbsp
curry leaves torn few sprigs
oil 3 tbsp

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  • Use a wide pan and heat  a tbsp of oil.When the oil is hot add the raisins,fry till golden brown.Drain on a plate.
  • In the same oil,add the remaining oil and add the crushed cumin and fennel seeds,saute about 15 secs.Add in the curry leaves,green chillies and turmeric powder,saute until the green chillies softens and wilts.Slide in the groundnuts,dalia and cashews.Saute until slightly browned on low flame.
  • Add in the poha(beaten rice) and keep stirring for 7-8 mins on low med flame or until the poha turns crisp and the green chillies are crisp too.
  • Switch off flame and add salt, powdered sugar and the fried raisins.Mix it well and enjoy with a cup of tea or store in air tight containers.

* You can even add fried sliced coconut pieces and pressed dried chana .
* I have used thin white poha to make the snack as this is low fried version. If using thick poha, deep fry the poha like in the video
* You can add 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder too.
* Use spices as per tastes.If you don't like cumin or fennel seeds,omit either of the two.
* If you find it difficult to roast the poha along with dry fruits and nuts,then fry the dry fruits and nuts separately.Drain and keep on  a plate and proceed with roasting poha.Finally add in the fried nuts and raisins.

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FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to try this. I never tried making this at home, even though I sometimes buy it from Indian store. Loved the color of the chivda.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav ..i can finish this in notime..looks yumm and tempting

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

this is my favorite munching back home, made very less here but when ever i made it gone in day

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious snack and beautiful pics... :)

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

love the first pic, makes me feel like I just got a bag from the petti kada nearby! :) Awesome snack for chai time... even though the kids may mess up all over the place! ;)

Rumana Rawat said... Best Blogger Tips

I to make this and store for evening snacks.. Looks perfect.

Merry Tummy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is like must have for us with tea. I make it fresh daily :)
Last pic is soooooo awesome Julie

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy snack...

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Chivda looks absolutely awesome.. said... Best Blogger Tips

My fav too.healthy snack really

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this, crispy yum tea time snack

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... love this for tea time snack.. looks superb

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such a perfect snack for tea it