Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I was craving something salty and sweet, and ventured to make chivda, this is a very popular snack in India, usually eaten with chai in the late afternoon. It can be also served as an appetizer and can be customized by adding whatever nuts or dried fruits one likes. I have seen people make it with cornflakes which is such a healthier version then deep frying it. I had Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds, which is my favorite cereal, but the powdered bottom of the bag part is something that I usually throw away, but I experimented by making chivda and it actually turned out pretty good.The best part was this cereal already had almonds so I didn't bother to put any peanuts but the traditional chivda has peanuts in it.
1 and 1/2 cup of Honey bunches of Oats or Cornflakes
a handful of cranraisins
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp hing(asafoetida)
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 green chillies chopped
4 to 5 curry leaves
1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
Heat oil, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
Once they pop, add hing and turmeric, immediately add the green chillies and curry leaves.
Add the chilli powder, stir.
Add the carnraisins and the cereal.
Stir well on low heat until everything is well coated.
Cool and store in an airtight container for a few days.
Note: add more green chillies and red chilli pwd if you like it spicy, I did add more spice later as it wasn't spicy enough. Citric acid powder about 1/4 tsp can also be added to give it a hint of sourness.