Poha Chivda

Poha Chivda is a very popular snack in Karnataka and Maharashtra..
It’s easy to prepare,very tasty and has a great shelf life.. So I normally stock them up in big container.. If you get unplanned guests at home during Diwali then this will be your savior:-)

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Complexity:  Easy



  • Thin chivda, poha -500 gms
  • Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Mustard seeds (rai) – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) -t tsp
  • Green chili chopped – 5,6chili
  • Curry leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Red dried chili [ optional] – 2 ,3
  • Peanuts – 1/2 cup
  • Roasted chana [gram dal] -1/2 cup
  • Coconut dried sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Asafetida (hing) – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric (haldi) – 1tsp
  • Salt  to taste
  • Chopped Coriander – 1/4 cup
  • Sugar – 1tsp
  • chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Cashew – 1/2 cup


  1. In a pan roast the poha till it turns crispy. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil, add fried gram dal and fry till golden brown.Use a strainer to drain excess oil. Keep it aside.
  3. Just like above fry, cashew, ground nuts, coconut dried sliced, independently and keep them aside.
  4. In same pan of hot oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chili, chopped coriander
  5. Add salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder,Quickly mix
  6. Add fried cashew, ground nuts, coconut dried sliced, gram dal from step 1-4 above
  7. Add roasted poha, mix well
  8. Keep the flame on sim and gently mix the mixture so that poha is nicely coated with all the spices and becomes crispy, Adjust the seasoning if required . Switch off.Let it cool a bit . Add sugar and mix. Chivda is ready.
  9. Store in airtight container once it cools.Stays crisp for upto a month if handled well.



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