18 October 2013

Low Calorie Instant Poha Chivda - Diwali Special

Chivda - the crunchy popular snack of Maharashtra. Its a low fat appetizer that can be made for guests during Diwali. It is also called the Bombay Mix or the Bombay Style Beaten Rice Mix. It is a healthy snack alternative to the usually fried mixture.Diwali is around the corner and  I am sure preparations have already started. I have tried out many recipes that is made specially during Diwali. Here is a list that can help you plan a Diwali Menu.

For making Chivda, usually the poha is deep fried to make this mixture but I have heated the poha in the microwave to make it crisp and it is healthy too. I got this idea from Show Me the Curry. After heating the poha, it is mixed with the rest of the ingredients.So here is my recipe for making easy chivda at home. It can be stored in an air tight container.

Low Calorie Instant Poha Chivda - Diwali Special
(Printable Recipe)

Thin White Poha / Beaten Rice - 150 g
Sunflower Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
Coconut Cuts - 1/4 cup
Raw Groundnuts - 1/4 cup
Green Chilly - 1 very finely chopped
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - as required
Sugar - 1 tsp
Fennel - 1/2 tsp

Heat the poha in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes stirring once after one minute. 
Heat oil in a kadai. Add in the mustard seeds.
When it splutters add the curry leaves and coconut cuts. Stir fry till the coconut turns slightly brown 
Lower flame to medium.
Add in the groundnut and stir till slightly brown.
Add in the green chilly and stir. 
Add in the turmeric and red chilly powder.
Switch off the flame. Add in the salt.
Add in the poha, sugar and fennel and toss well.
Check salt and allow to cool.
Transfer to an air tight container.

Use very thin poha.
You can add chana dal too while adding peanuts.
This is a medium spicy snack. Adjust spice level as per tolerance.


  1. Yummy Chivda recipe!! Love to snack on it anytime...

  2. Dear Rinku, Healthy looking chivda preparation. Must have tasted awesome.


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