Chivda is a traditional and popular Maharashtrian snack. It is a savory delight made with beaten rice (poha). It is crunchy, salty and mildly sweet at the end.
I only tasted few years back when my neighbor Marathi friend offered me a small packet of chivda for Diwali.She was kind enough to give a brief recipe over the stove. As I am neither sweet or snack person and I almost forgot it. I was flipping the Samsung cookbook of Tarla Dalal - Indian microwave cooking, I saw the recipe of poha chivda which was hard to resist. I was little skeptical how the poha flakes will crisp in microwave. As usual, if I decide to give a test run first, I halve the recipe. In case of disaster or failure, large amount of food will not go inedible. I tried with a cup of poha. I couldn't believe the outcome, they turn out perfect! Another easy, healthy way to prepare this Microwave poha chivda!
Microwave Poha Chivda
Yield: About 1 cup
Microwave cooking time: 4 minutes
Microwave safe bowl + Microwave safe plate
Thin Beaten rice (poha): 1 cup
Oil: 1 tsp
Green chilli: 1 small -minced
Peanuts: 2 tsp of peanuts
Roasted Chana dhal (dhalia)/ pottu kadallai: 2 tsp
Turmeric: less than 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: few leaves
Salt: 1/4 tsp (U can increase according ur taste)
Sugar: 1/2 tsp (I omitted)
Note: Most of the time, thin poha packet have a powdery flakes. Better to sieve in colander and remove the powder.
In microwave safe plate, spread a cup of poha into thin layer (If you double or triple the recipe - Roast few batches at the time), keep for one minute in microwave, taking out and stiring every 30 seconds.
Take a microwave safe bowl , large enough to hold the poha.
Add the oil and mustard seeds, keep a minute in microwave.
Take out , add the turmeric, green chilli, roasted chana dhal, peanuts and curry leaves- keep another minute.
Take out add , salt, sugar (If u wish) and the poha and mix thoroughly and microwave a minute.
Spread in paper napkin and cool it completely before storing in air tight container.
There is no more popcorn time in my house, we all want this quick Chivda!
2)After all it is a Maharashtra regional speciality snack will fit WYF: Specility food hosted by EC.
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