Chivda is a wonderfully crispy and delicious snack made from crunchy beaten rice flakes (Poha). It can be considered healthy with oodles of peanuts, dry coconut and seasame seeds. It is not deep fried, but you may decide to add more oil to crisp up the dish more.
The list of ingredients may seem long, but it comes together before you can say ... it's tea time. Ok not that quick, but you know what I mean :)
Traditionally the beaten flakes are sun dried inorder to crisp them. Us urbanites can achive a similar effect by roasting in the oven. I personally prefer the toaster oven, where the heat is more uniform and is faster than the regular oven. I usually divide the poha into small batches and toast in the oven for about 2.5 mins each batch
Roasted rice flakes batch
Roast them twice for an extra and long lasting crunch.
Bringing the ingredients together - Clockwise from the top - minced green chilies, dry coconut, peanuts, broken cashews, curry leaves, dalia. In the center, sesame seeds and mustard seeds
|2 lbs thin Poha (beaten rice)||Roast in small batches in a toaster oven. About 2.5 mins per batch.|
|6 tbsp oil||Heat oil in a big pan (enough to fit all ingredients)|
|1 cup roasted chick peas (dalia)||Fry till brown in the oil, remove all set aside with the poha|
|1 cup peanuts and cashews (together)||Fry till brown in the oil, remove and set aside|
|1 cup thinly sliced dry coconut||Fry till brown on low heat, remove and set aside|
|2 tbsp oil||Add extra oil to the remaining oil in the pan, and heat.|
|2 tbsp mustard seeds|
3 tbsp sesame seeds
several sprigs of curry leaves
4-5 green chilies minced
|Add the seeds, allow to sputter, then add the curry leaves and green chilies. Fry till nicely browned.|
|1 tsp asafetida|
2 tbsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
|Add the spices to oil and cook for a few seconds. Add the poha and the other prepared ingredients and mix really well on a slow flame.|
|2 tbsp sugar||After the ingredients are well mixed, turn off heat, take the pan off the stove and add sugar. Mix well to incorporate.|
Of all wierd and wonderful food combinations, this ones seems outrageous. But Chivda makes a great side to left over cold chappatis :) Enjoy.
I'll be bringing over some Chivda to Meeta's Monthly Mingle and snack while watching the game.