Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Diwali Special: Namkeen poha chivda (Crunchy snack)

Namkeen Poha Chivda: Crunchy Snack
A simple and crunchy Diwali snack.

Ingredients :
Thin Poha (flattened rice) - 2 cups
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Dalia (roasted chana dal) – 1/2 cup
Cashews  - 1/2 cup
Golden raisins  - 1/4 cup [OPTIONAL]
Garlic cloves - 4 minced
Curry Leaves – 15
Asafoetida (hing) – 2 pinch
Green chilies - 2 finely chopped
Dried coconut flakes – 1/4 cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Sugar fine – 2 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Oil for tempering - 2 tbsp

  • In a microwavable plate, dry roast half poha in microwave for 2 minutes on high. Repeat the same for other half. Keep aside.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Now add mustard seeds, when it starts splattering, add minced garlic. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add asafoetida powder, green chilies, peanuts, dalia, cashews, raisins, coconut flakes and curry leaves. Saute for few minutes.
  • Now add turmeric powder and mix well. Also add roasted poha to the pan, mix well.
  • Finally add salt and sugar and keep mixing gently. Take it off the heat or it will burn.
  • Cool the mixture completely and store it in airtight container. It can be stored for a couple of weeks if kept airtight.
Enjoy this crunchy snack with Masala tea or Kesariya chai.