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Friday, 19 August 2011

Poha Chivda (Crispy Rice Flakes Snack)

Poha Chivda is a healthy & tasty any time snack made with Beaten Rice, Peanuts & other spices. Its crunchy & a perfect substitute for Chips. You can make this on the stove as well as in microwave. The following recipe uses a microwave. I've also given the steps to make this on stove after the pictures in italics.

Rice Flakes / Beaten Rice / Poha - 2 cups (4 palmfuls/ 200 grams)
Roasted Peanut / Groundnut - 2 tablespoons
Vegetable Cooking Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Roasted Chickpea - 2 tablespoon
Curry Leaves - 5-8 leaves
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste (1 teaspoon)
Green Chili - 2 (chopped)
Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon (optional)

1. Place the poha in a shallow microwave-safe dish and microwave for 1-2 minutes. The soft flakes would have turned crispy. Keep aside
** Roast it on a frying pan at high flame for about 2 minutes. Don't add oil

2. Roast the peanuts & chickpea in microwave for 2 minutes. Keep aside.
** Again, you can roast this on a pan without oil.

3. In another microwave safe bowl, combine the oil and mustard seeds & cumin (optional) and microwave for 2 minutes. Add the green chillies, curry leaves, unsalted peanuts, roasted chickpea, salt and turmeric powder to the mustard-oil mixture and microwave on high for 1 more minute.
** Instead of a microwave bowl, heat oil in a pan, add the mustard, chili etc & directly add it to the rice flakes / poha
5. Add this to the poha. Mix well and microwave on high for 1 more minute. Add a drop of lemon juice/citric acid if you want. **OR Roast it on the stove in medium heat for about 1 minute

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