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Ushering in Diwali with Chivda a.k.a. Chuda mixture

Ushering in Diwali with Chivda a.k.a. Chuda mixture

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Serves 6 serving

  • 1 poundFlattened rice

  • ¼ CupPeanut oil

  • 200 gRaw peanuts

  • 100 gDalia/ Split Chick Peas

  • ¼ tspAsafetida / Hing

  • HandfulCurry leaves

  • 5-6Dried red chillies/ Fresh green chillies

  • 1½ tspsCumin seeds/ Jeera

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • to tasteSalt

  • ½ tspSugar

  • ¼ tspAmchur (Dried mango powder)


  • 01

    Dry roasting the poha – The very traditional way of roasting on the stove top is effective but tedious. So burdened with having to stir the Poha I decided to place it in the oven and so thankful that I did.

  • 02

    Using the oven method: Spread out the poha on a sheet pan lined with wax paper (optional). Pre heat the oven to 350oF. Then place the sheet pan in the oven and dry roast for 10-12 minutes. Check once in between to stir for a uniform heat. The poha should feel crisp to touch and white in color.

  • 03

    For the tadka: In a separate pan, add in half the oil and the peanuts right after. Stir fry the peanuts over medium heat till fragrant (2-3 minutes.) Once done, scoop them out to a separate plate.

  • 04

    Then add in the dalia and roast it for 1-2 minutes till fragrant. Add in a pinch of turmeric powder to get a golden yellow color to the dalia. Scoop out into the peanut plate.

  • 05

    Now add hing to the oil over medium heat and then add in the chillies and the curry leaves. Stir for a minute.Then stir in the cumin seeds till fragrant.

  • 06

    Now add in the peanuts and dalia to the oil. Sprinkle the turmeric powder and stir for another minute.

  • 07

    Meanwhile, transfer the crisp poha into a mixing bowl and then stir in the tadka/ tempering. Now add in the salt, sugar and amchur while the mixture is still hot.

  • 08

    Adjust the final mixture according to taste and store in air tight containers.

  • 09

    The final result was as close to my imagination as possible with the only thing that I really missed was the dried coconut.This time I managed without it but I will definitely add it in whenever next I lay my hands onto it.



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