Poha Chivda Recipe | How to make Poha Chivda

poha chivda recipe

With this poha chivda recipe, make a delicious snack to enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Some of the other names for poha are aval, avalakki or flattened rice. This snack, also known as aval mixture, serves as a fine, light evening food, particularly on cold days. The poha chivda recipe should be on your list of snacks recipes, as it is typically liked by everyone.

Want a simple side dish for rice and sambar combination? Again, try poha chivda. It should delight the taste buds much.

Use paper poha, aval or avalakki to make the chivda, because with this type of poha the chivda will be tastier. This ingredient will be thin and flat and larger than its regular counterpart. Visit the Aval page to see an image of paper poha.

One of the fine things of the recipe for poha chivda is the preparation steps are few and simple. This trait should move your interest further to know how to make poha chivda.

In addition to the poha or aval, dry coconut chops, groundnuts, roasted gram, cashew nuts and dry grapes in the poha chivda recipe drench the taste buds in satisfaction. Thanks to these items, the bottle or box with full of poha chivda you made should empty fast!

Use a glass bottle or steel box to store the chivda. How about a plastic container? Avoid it because plastic is believed to be not good for the health.

What is another reason that should further make you keen to find out how to make poha chivda? Unlike most snacks, making the chivda or aval mixture do not involve deep frying. Further, you can make it quite fast.

Serve yourself or your family members when hungry, or friends or relatives who drop in for a quick visit, with poha chivda; coffee, tea or home-made fresh juice and ragi biscuits and elaichi banana. This almost an healthy mini meal should make everyone happy.

Store the poha chivda soon after it cools in an air-tight container to retain the freshness and crispiness of this snack.

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Servings: 3


1. Paper thin poha / aval / avalakki / flattened rice / atukulu 1/2 cup
2. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Groundnuts / peanuts 2 tablespoons
5. Cashew nuts 1 tablespoon or as desired
6. Dry grapes 1 tablespoon or as desired
7. Roasted gram 1 tablespoon
8. Curry leaves 2 sprigs
9. Red dried chilies, broken, 1-2 or to taste
10. Dry coconut, chopped as thin and long pieces, as desired
11. Turmeric 1/8 teaspoon
12. Sugar 1/4 teaspoon or to taste
13. Salt to taste

How to make Poha Chivda?

1. Heat oil in a thick kadai.

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2. Add mustard.

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Wait till the mustard splutters.
3. Add groundnuts.

Fry till the groundnuts split.

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4. Add cashew nuts.

Fry till the cashew nuts turn light golden brown.

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5. Add curry leaves.

Fry for a few seconds.

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6. Add chilies.

Fry for a few seconds.

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7. Add roasted gram.


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8. Add coconut pieces.

Fry till the pieces start to change color.

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9. Add dry grapes and turmeric.

Fry for a few seconds.

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10. Add salt, poha and sugar.

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Mix thoroughly.

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Fry till the poha becomes crispy.

Before you begin to make the poha chivda, dry the poha in the sun till the poha becomes crispy. In this case, you do not have to fry the poha.
11. Poha chivda or aval mixture is ready.

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TIPS Poha Chivda Recipe
1. Add  about 2 tablespoons of kara boondi to make the poha chivda crunchier and tastier.
2. Add chili powder, along with turmeric powder, to get a different color and make the chivda spicier.
3. Use ghee, instead of oil, to fry the items


Add one spoon of ghee in Step 1

In either case, the chivda will be tastier.