Crunchy Delight: Homemade Poha Chivda Recipe with Meyer Trivantage Kadai"

Indulge in the simplicity and crunch of Homemade Poha Chivda, expertly prepared in the versatile Meyer Trivantage Kadai. This quick and delightful snack is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a perfect companion for festive gatherings and cozy evenings with loved ones.

What is Poha Chivda?

Poha Chivda is a popular North Indian snack that boasts a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Made with flattened rice (poha), a medley of nuts, spices, and a hint of sweetness, it's a crispy and savory delight that can be enjoyed any time of the day. The lightness of poha combined with the richness of nuts makes it an irresistible treat for snack lovers.

Why Is Poha Chivda Prepared During Diwali?

During Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Poha Chivda takes center stage in Indian households. Its preparation is not just a culinary tradition but a symbol of the festive spirit, providing a homemade touch to the array of sweets and snacks exchanged during Diwali celebrations.

Different Variations Of Chivda Made During Diwali:

  • Spicy Masala Chivda:
    1. Recipe Name: Chatpata Bhel Puri
    2. Region: Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3. Description: This Mumbai-inspired Chivda takes the form of Chatpata Bhel Puri, a spicy and tangy mix of poha, sev, peanuts, and a blend of aromatic spices. A favorite street food, it captures the vibrant flavors of Mumbai's culinary scene, making it a popular Diwali snack.
  • Sweet and Savory Mix:
    1. Recipe Name: Meetha Masala Poha
    2. Region: Rajasthan
    3. Description: Rajasthan's Meetha Masala Poha is a delightful fusion of sweet and savory. Poha is adorned with nuts, raisins, and a hint of powdered sugar, striking the perfect balance of flavors. This festive treat adds a touch of royalty to Diwali celebrations in the desert state.
  • Nutty Delight:
    1. Recipe Name: Kaju Poha Chivda
    2. Region: Gujarat
    3. Description: Gujarat brings a Nutty Delight to Diwali with Kaju Poha Chivda. This variation is enriched with cashews, peanuts, and roasted chana dal, creating a nut lover's dream. The nutty crunch combined with the warmth of spices forms a savory indulgence perfect for the festive season.
  • Zesty Citrus Twist:
    1. Recipe Name: Orange Peel Chivda
    2. Region: South India
    3. Description: Down south, a unique twist is added with Orange Peel Chivda. Poha is mixed with dried orange peel, giving the Chivda a zesty and citrusy flavor. This variation showcases the diverse and innovative approach to Diwali snacks in South Indian households.
  • Fragrant Rose Chivda:
    1. Recipe Name: Gulkand Poha Mixture
    2. Region: North India
    3. Description: Bringing a touch of floral elegance, North India presents Gulkand Poha Mixture. Poha is combined with Gulkand (rose petal jam), creating a fragrant and sweet Chivda. This variation adds a distinctive aroma to Diwali celebrations, captivating the senses with each bite.
  • Savory Sesame Crunch:
    • Recipe Name: Til Poha
    1. Region: Madhya Pradesh
    2. Description: Madhya Pradesh contributes to Diwali festivities with Til Poha, where poha is coated in a savory mix of sesame seeds, roasted peanuts, and spices. The addition of til (sesame) brings a delightful crunch and a unique flavor to this festive Chivda.
  • Coconut and Jaggery Bliss:
    1. Recipe Name: Kokum Poha
    2. Region: Konkan, Maharashtra
    3. Description: Embracing coastal flavors, Konkan presents Kokum Poha. Poha is blended with dried kokum, coconut, and jaggery, offering a sweet and tangy Chivda that reflects the coastal region's culinary diversity.
  • South Indian Spicy Tadka:
    • Recipe Name: Curry Leaves and Mustard Poha
    1. Region: Karnataka
    2. Description: Karnataka adds a spicy tadka to Diwali with Curry Leaves and Mustard Poha. The aromatic blend of curry leaves, mustard seeds, and a hint of coconut oil transforms poha into a flavorful and aromatic Chivda, perfect for spice enthusiasts.
  • Bengali Bhaja Muri:
    1. Recipe Name: Bhaja Muri
    2. Region: West Bengal
    3. Description: West Bengal's Bhaja Muri is a crispy delight where poha is mixed with roasted peanuts, green chillies, and a tempering of mustard oil. This traditional snack captures the essence of Bengali festivities with its bold flavors and crunchy texture.
  • Odiya Spice Infusion:
    1. Recipe Name: Dahi Poha Chura
    2. Region: Odisha
    3. Description: Odisha brings a spice-infused Chivda with Dahi Poha Chura. Poha is combined with yogurt, mustard oil, and a blend of spices, creating a unique blend of flavors. This variation reflects the spice-loving palate of Odia households during Diwali celebrations.

Other Festive Special Dishes:

Maharashtra: Kande Pohe

Description: In Maharashtra, the festive Chivda takes the form of Kande Pohe. This zesty version incorporates flattened rice (poha) with a burst of flavors, featuring mustard seeds, curry leaves, and turmeric. The result is a savory and aromatic delight, perfect for festive celebrations and everyday snacking.

Gujarat: Sev Khamani

Description: Gujarat presents a sweet twist with Sev Khamani, a unique variation where poha takes a backseat to khaman. This sweet and savory mix includes a generous serving of sev, offering a delightful contrast in textures. The addition of spices, chutneys, and the inherent sweetness of khaman create a festival of flavors in every bite.

Rajasthan: Makkhan Vada

Description: Rajasthan adds a tangy twist to the festival with Makkhan Vada. Poha joins the party, mixed with spices, yogurt, and buttermilk. The result is a tantalizing blend of textures and flavors, with the tanginess of yogurt complementing the crunch of poha. Makkhan Vada brings the essence of Rajasthan's culinary heritage to the festive table.

West Bengal: Jhalmuri

Description: Head to West Bengal, and you'll encounter Jhalmuri, a lively and spicy concoction. Poha blends seamlessly with a mix of spices, peanuts, and fresh vegetables, creating a delightful street food experience. The varied textures and bold flavors make Jhalmuri a popular choice during festivals and celebrations.

Tamil Nadu: Aval Mixture

Description: Down south in Tamil Nadu, Aval Mixture takes center stage during festivals. Poha, locally known as aval, is combined with a symphony of spices, roasted nuts, and fried lentils. The result is a crispy and flavorful snack that captivates the taste buds, making it a staple for festive occasions.

Embrace the diverse flavors of India as you explore these state-wise variations of festive Chivda, each offering a unique culinary journey rooted in regional traditions.


How to Make Poha Chivda?

  1. Let's start by setting up our frying station. For this heat oil in the Meyer Trivantage kadai.
  2. Keep a large metal strainer for ease and start frying all the ingredients below.
  3. Fry the poha, peanuts, cashews, chana dal , green chillies and curry leaves separately and add them all to a bowl.
  4. Add the dry spices and the sugar to the bowl and mix everything together.
  5. Poha chivda is ready, serve it with your favorite beverages, tea or as the perfect homemade snack for guests..

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Expert Tips

  1. Make sure to fry all the ingredients separately as each one of them takes a different amount of time to fry.
  2. You can adjust the spices of the chiwda, we have made a Maharashtrian inspired version that is sweet and salty.
  3. You can store the chiwda in an airtight container for upto 3 weeks without any worry of it getting spoiled as long as you keep it away from moisture.

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