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Thin Poha Chudwa/Chivda

Thin Poha Chudwa/Chivda

Poha Chudwa is an all time favorite evening snack. It is especially prepared during Dussehra and Diwali festivals. My mom used to prepare this and stock up all year round. We used to love munching on this snack. Now, I prepare this snack and stock up almost all year round and my kids enjoy munching on it. 🙂

My MIL prepares a deep fried version of this snack and she uses thick poha. My mom prepares a pan roasted version and she uses thin poha. This is a very simple and healthy snack that can be prepared in 10 minutes and can be stored for more than 10 days. It is my comfort snack to have with my hot cup of tea. I am sharing my mom’s way of making this classic snack.


Begin the process by gathering all the ingredients that are needed to prepare this yummy snack.


Measuring cup used: 1 cup = 250ml

Thin Poha  – 7 cups(Heaped)

Peanuts – 3/4 cup

Roasted Chana Dal/Dalia – 1/2 cup

Curry Leaves around – 20-25

Green chillies  – 2 (finely chopped)

Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp.

Dry Mango/Amchur Powder – 1/2 tsp.

Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp.

Granulated Sugar – 1/2  tsp.

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.

Vegetable Oil/Peanut oil – 1/3 cup

Cashews – 1/4 cup (halves)

Salt as needed


Step 1:

Place a big wide pan on medium heat. Add the oil.

Step 2:

Once the oil is hot, add peanuts and fry for few minutes. As peanuts take longer time to fry than the other ingredients, we need to add them first and fry for few minutes.  Add chopped green chillies. Add cashews and fry for few seconds. Add roasted chana dal and curry leaves. Fry until the nuts are golden brown.

Step 3:

Reduce the heat or turn off the heat. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, amchur powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Step 4:

Mix all the spices in the pan. Add sugar. Mix again. Make sure the spices doesn’t burn.

Step 5:

Now add poha and mix well so that they are well coated with the spices. Heat the poha mixture for 7-8 minutes on low heat. Continuously mixing the contents in the pan is very important to avoid burning the contents. Do not move away.

Step 6:

Turn off the heat. Let the poha mixture cool in the pan(This process will add more crispiness to poha).

Step 7:

Transfer the prepared poha chudwa to an air tight container after it is completely cooled.

Enjoy this tasty snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee!!!


Here is a short video of the whole process:


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