Poha / Beaten Rice / Avalakki, thin or nylon variety
Cashew nuts, ,split into halves (optional )
Raisins, ( optional )
dry coconut, small thin pieces ( optional )
Green chilies, - slit
Curry Leaves, - few
White sesame seeds/ White til, ( optional )
Turmeric / Haldi powder
Red chilli powder
Dry roast poha in a big kadai on low flame for 3-4 mins till it is crisp.Remove it to a wide dry bowl.Alternatively you can keep it in sun for few hrs or microwave too.
Keep all the ingredients ready .
Heat oil in a kadai .Add mustard seeds.When they crackle,add cummin seeds,white sesame seeds,groundnut,cashew pieces,slit green chilli and dry coconut pieces. Fry them . When they are done add fried gram,raisins and curry leaves. Fry till raisins get bulged .
Now to the tempering ,add turmeric,salt and red chilli powder. Quickly mix .
Add roasted thin beaten rice to it .Mix well .
Keep the flame on sim and gently mix the mixture so that poha is nicely coated with all the spices and becomes crispy.Taste test .Adjust the seasoning if required . Switch off.Let it cool a bit . Add sugar and mix
That's it.. our spicy crispy poha chivda is ready to munch.Store in airtight container once it cools.Stays crisp for upto a month if handled well. Enjoy it as it is or top it with chopped onion ,tomato and coriander leaves for that extra taste.
I am giving you the ingredients without the quantity.You can use according to your preference. There is no hard rule for the measurements in this recipe. If you like peanuts more then add it more,if you like little katta meeta then add raisins more etc.Feel free to plus or minus the ingredients of your choice.
Always dry roast poha on a very low flame otherwise they will shrink and loose their shape.
Don't add sugar initially along with other spices. This will make poha to shrink and loose thier shape. So always add sugar only after the chiwda is slightly cooled .
If you want you can add few almonds too .
Add turmeric little more than you normally use.That will give nice color. Else the chiwda will look pale.