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Homemade Chiwda

Homemade Chiwda is a healthy snack for tea-time snacking or even to serve to guests during festivals. It is made using thin flat rice flakes (poha/ chiwda) and roasting it with some peanuts, dry coconut and red chilies.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 250 gram thin rice flakes chiwda
  • cup roasted black gram bhuna kala chana, de-husked
  • ½ cup of dry coconut sliced
  • tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ tspturmeric powder
  • cup sugar granulated
  • tsp tartaric acid tatri, nimbu satva
  • 4-5 dried red chilies split
  • to taste salt
  • few curry leaves

Instructions

  • Grind together sugar, salt and tartaric acid. Set aside. Do not skip grinding salt, sugar and tartaric acid. It is essential for even mixing of salt and sugar to stick to each grain of namkeen. If you skip this step then, the salt tends to settle down at the bottom, leaving the end portion of namkeen very salty.
  • Heat oil in wok, add peanuts. Fry them till they are roasted nicely. Check for even browning of peanuts and firm texture. Remove from the wok and set aside.
  • Add split chillies, curry leaves and sliced coconut. Fry them till the coconut turns nice golden brown or the tenderness is gone and it is crisp.
  • Add roasted black chanas. Mix well.
  • Now add turmeric powder, rice flakes and roasted peanuts. Add salt-sugar mix as per taste.
  • Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container. It stays good for 7-10 days if stored in a sealed container. Serve as a snack with tea or coffee.

Notes

  1. A must-try homemade chiwda namkeen.
  2. You can replace rice chiwda with ragi chiwda or murmure.
  3. Do not skip grinding salt, sugar and tartaric acid. It is essential for even mixing of salt and sugar to stick to each grain of namkeen. If you skip this step then, the salt tends to settle down at the bottom, leaving the end portion of namkeen very salty.
  4. You can add roasted dry fruits like cashew, raisins as well.
  5. It’s a great tea time snack which keeps you full in a healthy way.
  6. It is a great kids lunch box snack as well.
  7. It is a common faral/ namkeen snack served during Diwali in Maharashtra.