Thursday, May 21, 2009

Poha Chivda - A simple and healthy snack

If you are looking for a healthy and tasty snack you could munch anytime without feeling guilty about the fat or the calorie content, then you are at the right place. You can take them with you anywhere you want and enjoy them. This is would make a good substitute for the regular mixture we used to have and please do try it and let me know your comments:)


2 cups thin poha (thin rice flakes)
1 cup red rice poha
(Matta rice flakes available in some Indian grocery stores, this is optional. I add this because this has 100% recommended Vitamin B and 25% iron content. So it would make this snack nutritional)
2 tbsp raw peanuts
2 tbsp roasted channa dal
1 tbsp cashews
2 dried red chillies
1 garlic clove sliced
1/4 cup Poha corn
(Available in Indian grocery stores. This is just the raw corn flakes generally deep fried and added to the traditional "Indian mixtures". You can substitute this with regular corn flakes)
2 roasted pappad crushed into bit sized pieces
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

If you are using the Poha corn, just sprinkle few drops of oil and place them in a microwave safe plate in a single layer for 2 minutes stirring every 30 secs.

Heat the oil in a large pan at low flame. When the oil is hot enough add the red chillies and garlic and saute for 2 mins. Then add the peanuts, roasted channa dal and cashew nuts and roast them till they turn golden, take care that you don't burn them. Now stir in the turmeric powder and salt. Then add the regular thin poha and the red poha and roast on low flame for another 10 mins or until they turn crisp. Finally add the microwave cooked poha corn or corn flakes and the
roasted pappad and mix well. Let it cool and serve them with a hot cup of coffee/tea.

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