Poha Chivda or Aval Mixture is a delicious Indian snack dish made with Poha (rice flakes) and dry fruits and tempered with cumin and chillies. For making it in a perfect style, you really need to fry everything. Because the frying make everything crispy, crunchy and very tasty. So please forgive if you are looking for a low calorie chiwda.
Poha chivda or chiwda recipe is made my many Indian families during Diwali. Basically this namkeen or farsan is a savory sweet dish or sometimes little spicy, if you are adding few more fried green chillies. My hubby likes this chivda a lot but only when I’m adding more fried green chillies, as he likes it little spicy. So I generally make this chivda only for him by putting lots of fried green chillies in it, and I avoid adding sugar too. You can pack it up for your kid’s school tiffin too.
There are many variations of making chivda and you can use thick or medium poha or aval (flattened rice), dry fruits and spices as per your choice. This Aval Mixture Recipe is a maharashtrian version, which I have learned from one of my Maharashtrian friend. Some people like to add coconut slices in this fried mixture, but I have skipped adding it and instead coconut I have added fried raisins and cashew nuts.
Making this Poha Chivda at home is little lengthy and cooking process requires a bit of planning, so keep all the ingredients ready well in advance. Also line two to three plates or bowls with paper towels. Keep the sieve dry and so the ingredients too. Dry fruits which you are using for making this mixture must be kept at room temperature well in advance and you will be frying everything one after the other very quickly, so the preparation will be easy and efficient, if everything is just ready to add. Lets start step by step preparation of poha chivda or chiwda recipe.
For tempering the Poha Chivda you will require:
- 2 tsp cooking oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- Few curry leaves
- 6 medium green chillies, chopped