Nov 28, 2013

Crunch 'n' Munch Poha / Chirva Mixture

Chirva mixture is a delicious low fat snacks. It is a traditional Maharastrian dish which is easy-to-make at home with less oil. This chirva mixture is nicely roasted and combined with peanuts, green chilli, cashew nuts, raisin and tempered with curry leaves, chillies and chana dal which make our evening time fantastic and also for me to munch along with my tea.

Ingredients :

Poha - 250 gms
Peanuts - 50 gms
Cashew nuts - 50 gms
Raisin - a handful
Dried red chilles - 2
Whole red lentil - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Cornflakes - a handful
Sev - 2-3 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

For Tempering ~
Curry leaves - a handful
Chana dal - 1/3 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Method :

Heat oil in a pan, fry cashew nuts and peanuts when nuts are almost done then add raisin, stir fry for 2-3 minutes and keep aside.

In the same oil add channa dal. fry few seconds then add curry leaves, let them pop.

Then add peanuts, whole red lentil, roast then with stirring continuously till it light golden brown and crispy.

Now add all spice powder, poha and cornflakes, stir in continuously on medium flame otherwise rice flakes can burn. Finally add fried peanuts, cashew nuts and raisin, mix well. Stir in for at least 7-8 minutes or until chirva feel crispy. Remove from the heat.

Let it come to room temperature, add sev in it and then store it in air tight container.

Serve chirva with sprinkle little black salt and as a snack with a cup of tea/coffee.

Sending this to Arthy's "Healthy Snacking" and Chef Mireille's Global Creation's "Taste of the Topics-Chilies" event

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