Thick Poha Chudwa/Chivda
Poha Chudwa is a classic comfort snack. This tasty, crunchy and comforting snack is very easy to prepare. My MIL prepares a deep fried version of this snack and she uses thick poha. It is a pantry staple at my MIL’s place. I am sharing my MIL’s way of making this snack. I prepare this snack occasionally for my kids. My kids enjoy munching on it. Since this is a deep fried version, I try not to over indulge but who isn’t tempted by this comforting snack? It doesn’t seem too bad to indulge in deep fried goodness occasionally 🙂
My mom prepares a pan roasted version of this snack and she uses thin poha. I have earlier shared Thin Poha Chudwa/Chivda recipe in my blog. You can find the recipe here. I prepare this snack and stock up almost all year round. It is my comfort snack to have with my hot cup of tea.
Measuring cup used: 1 Cup = 250ml
Thick Poha – 2&1/2 cups
Peanuts – 3/4 cup
Roasted Chana Dal/Dalia – 1/3 cup
Cashews – 1/3 cup (halves)
Curry Leaves around – 20-25
Green chillies – 3 (cut in half lengthwise)(optional, I did not add)
Raisins – 1-2 Tbsp.(optional, I did not add)
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp.
Roasted Coriander Powder – 1 tsp.
Dry Mango/Amchur Powder – 1/2 tsp.
Red Chilli Powder – 1&1/2 tsp.(Reduce the quantity if you are adding green chillies)
Granulated Sugar – 3/4 tsp.
Turmeric powder – 1/2 Tsp.(optional)(I did not add)
Salt as needed
A metal sieve to deep fry.
7-8 paper towels to soak the oil from the deep fried ingredients.
Place a big wide pan on medium heat. Add the oil. Once the oil is hot, place a metal sieve in the oil. Add handful of poha in it and fry them. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat the process and fry the remaining poha in the same way adding a handful at a time. Keep changing the paper towels to soak up the oil.
Fry the peanuts, cashew nuts, dalia, raisins, green chillies and curry leaves in the same way. Place them in a plate lined with paper towel. Keep changing the paper towels to soak up the oil.
My MIL also fries home made sun dried potato chips and sun dried curd chillies(challa mirapakayalu) and adds them. I didn’t have them at home so I skipped adding them.
Take another wide pan and add 1 Tsp. oil. Place the pan on low heat. Once the oil is hot, turn off the heat. Add all the spices, salt , sugar and mix well. Make sure they do not burn. Now add all the fried ingredients and mix well. Taste it and adjust the spices as needed. Let them cool completely in the pan.
Sometimes, I skip the above step and I just add the spices directly to the fried ingredients and mix. But the above method works efficiently and nicely coats all the ingredients with the spices.
Transfer it to an air tight container after it is completely cooled.
Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee!!!