Prepare time: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Serves: 6 Persons


  • 2 cups Thin Poha (flattened rice/rice flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts (ground nuts)
  • 1/4 cup Cashew Nuts
  • 1/4 cup Daliya Dal (roasted chana dal)
  • 10-15 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Green Chilli, chopped, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt, to taste

Directions For Making Roasted Poha Chivda

  1. Keep all the ingredients ready.
  2. Take a heavy based kadai or a pan and add 2 cups thin poha(flattened rice) to it. Heat it over low flame and roast the poha until it turns crisp. Stir them gently with a spatula or toss them lightly by holding the pan (or kadai) handles at regular intervals to roast them evenly and prevent them from burning. Don’t stir the poha too much with a spatula as they might break.
  3. After roasting the poha, they might not change in color but they will be crisp. You can check whether poha are roasted or not by taking a few poha and crush them using your fingers. If they can be crushed easily then they are ready, else roast them for a few more minutes. It will take approx. 4-5 minutes to roast the poha but it might take more or less time depending on the size and thickness of the pan (kadai). Transfer them in a bowl or a plate.
  4. If you want to use the same kadai for further process then wipe the kadai with a kitchen cloth. Be careful as the kadai will be hot (or wait for a few minutes before wiping or you can use the another clean kadai). Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the same kadai over medium flame.
  5. Add 1/4 cup peanuts and fry them for a minute (don’t wait until the peanuts turn brown).
  6. Add 1/4 cup cashewnuts and fry for 30 seconds.
  7. Add 1 sliced or chopped green chilli, 1/4 cup daliya dal (roasted chana dal), 10-15 curry leaves, 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).
  8. Mix and shallow fry them until all the nuts are light golden (for approx. 30 seconds to a minute). Make sure the nuts don’t turn brown. If required, reduce the flame to low to prevent all the nuts from turning brown.
  9. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon powdered sugar and salt to taste (add salt for poha as well). Mix well.
  10. Add roasted poha and mix well by stirring the mixture gently with a spatula (or toss everything well by holding the kadai handles).
  11. Taste the chivda and adjust the spices (sugar and salt) as per your taste. Roasted Poha Chivda is ready for serving. Let it cool down completely before storing in an airtight container. It stays good for 2-3 weeks.

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