Poha Chivda – a delicious snack made with flattened rice (poha).

This is an  easy and quick recipe for a tasty, crunchy snack. It is made by roasting poha, frying peanuts, dry fruits etc and assembling them with a tempering of green chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Poha Chivda is also a part of Diwali faraal (snacks) amongst besan laddoos, chaklis, shankarpalis etc.  Here’s the recipe:


4 cups Thin Poha (Flattened rice)                             
½ cup Peanuts                                                  1/3 cup Roasted chana dal                                          
¼ cup Cashews                                                
3tbspRaisins                                            a few slices  of Dry coconut slices                                             
¼ cup Curry leaves
2 to 3 Green chillies                                                     1 tsp Turmeric powder                                 
½  tsp Asafoetida (hing)                                
2 tsp Powdered sugar
1 tsp Dry mango powder (Amchoor)                                       
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying the nuts and tempering

Poha Chivda
Poha Chivda


  • Heat a wide pan.
  • Add 4 cups of thin poha and dry roast on low flame.
  • Saute the poha gently to avoid the poha from breaking.
  • Remove the roasted poha from the pan and keep it aside.
  • Deep fry the peanuts, roasted chana dal, cashews, raisins, dry coconut slices one by one and keep it aside.  
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wide pan .  
  • Add mustard seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida and saute.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt, amchoor and powdered sugar. Mix well.
  • Now, add all the fried ingredients and mix well.
  • Then, add the roasted poha and give a gentle mix.
  •  Poha chivda is ready.