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Paatal Poha Chivda

Paatal Poha Chivda

Rice is a staple diet in large part of India. Rice has a wide range of recipes right from the snack to the desserts. Recipes use rice in various forms such as flattened rice, puffed rice, rice flour, parboiled (dried) rice. Recipes range from quick snack to some traditional delicacies.

Flattened rice commonly known as 'Poha' or ‘Pohe’ and is a very popular ingredient for making breakfast dishes or snacks.

Flattened rice (Poha) comes with various thicknesses such as thick, medium and thin poha.

Chivda is a crunchy, dry snack made from flattened rice, puffed rice or even sundried shoestring potatoes. Chivda can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container to maintain its crunch.

Chivda is a healthy snack when one wants a quick bite. Flattened rice when deep fried and loaded with nuts becomes a very delicious starter for your spread to entertain guests especially during festival season. I am using thin poha for this delicious recipe. It's a very easy to make snack.

Preparation time :

10 minutes

Cooking time :

15 - 20 minutes

Total time :

Serves :

4 - 6


Thin flattened rice


Golden raisins


Mustard seeds

Cumin seeds

Turmeric powder

Coriander powder

Cumin powder


Green chillies

Curry leaves


Powdered sugar



Preheat oven on gas mark 2. In a baking tray spread poha into thin layer.

Keep in a preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until its crispy.

Check in between to make sure they don't burn.

Alternatively add poha to a large pan and dry roast on low to medium heat until crispy. Keep mixing in between to avoid poha from burning. Mix gently as thin poha are delicate so make sure flakes don't break.

Once poha turn crispy, keep aside.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Fry cashews, peanuts and raisins one after the other till golden. Drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

In the same oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they splutter, add green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds. Then, add all spices and fry for a minute. Now, add salt and sugar. Mix well.

Add poha, fried cashews, peanuts and raisins.

Gently mix to make sure that poha flakes are coated evenly with the spice mix.

Keep aside for 10-15 minutes so that it absorbs all the flavours and then it&'s ready to serve.

Store in an airtight container.


Serving Suggestions


You can omit peanuts and cashews if anyone has nut allergies. Chivda will still be very tasty.

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