Friday, March 14, 2008

Chivda (For Diwali).

About Chivda : This is a traditional way of making Chivda . Chivda is a dry Indian snack which can be served with tea. It is normally made during Diwali however it can be made all round the year. It can be stored for several days . It is also good to carry and munch on during weekend outings.

Ingredients :
1 pound Thin Poha , 2 cup Churmure , 1/2 cup peanuts ,1/2 cup sliced dry coconut ,

Tadka : Oil ,1 tbspn mustard seeds , 1/2 tspn cumin (jeera) ,1/2 inch pieces of 8-10 green chillies , 12-15 curry leaves , 1/4 tspn Asafoetida , 1/2 tspn turmeric
Salt to taste, 1 tspn sugar .
Procedure :
Roast the Poha well on medium heat till it get hot evenly . You will notice that the Poha changes its shape as it gets evenly roasted . Spread it on a paper sheet to avoid moisture . Add churmure to the roasted poha. You do not need to roast the churmure because they already have the required crunch.

Heat oil in a pan . Fry peanuts till dark brown. Remove the peanut , add the sliced Coconut pieces to the oil and fry till golden brown. Drain the fried items well to remove excess oil .
For tadka : Use the same hot oil . Add mustard seeds . When they begin to splutter add cumin , green chillies , curry leaves , asafoetida , turmeric .
Spread the Tadka evenly over the Poha/ Churmure. Add salt to taste and sugar.
Mix well . Let it cool before you move it to another closed container to retain the crispness.
It can be served with finely chopped onion , lemon juice , grated coconut and sweet tamarind chutney . this adds taste and variety to the serving method.


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