Poha Chivda / Mixture

Poha / Chuda / Aval / Flattened rice flakes is nothing but the rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and finally dried to get. These come in different thickness depending upon the pressure used in flattening process. Thick ones get some time to soak and hence doesn’t get mushy on soaking as compared to thin variety. Well these flattened rice flakes are lactose free, heart healthy and fat free too.

One can surely call poha as a super food because this is loaded with a number of health benefits like –

  • Regulates sugar levels
  • Has healthy carbohydrates
  • Most ideal choices for weight loss
  • Easily digestible
  • Rich in iron
  • Low on calories
  • A good source of instant energy etc.

The poha is essentially a good breakfast option and can be eaten as a snack too. One can have these in raw condition by soaking in plain water / milk or lightly fried in oil. Poha upma is a regular affair at my place as a healthy breakfast option. When my pantry is loaded with coriander leaves particularly during winters, I also love to make these coriander poha. If festive time is there or if you are craving for some sweets then just check this Poha ladoo with chocolaty coconut stuffing.

Well today I have come up with a crunchy snack option using poha as ‘Poha Chivda / Mixture‘. It is a popular Maharastrian snack option using poha and some nuts seasoned with some basic tempering. This kind of poha dish has a crisp & crunchy texture as here the poha is roasted first to use in the dish. Totally vegan and gluten free option too this is. Also it has a mild taste due to the addition of nuts. Super simple it is and easy to prepare too. Again this stays good for a couple of weeks if stored in an air-tight container. Just along with a cup of tea / coffee, the poha chivda becomes a perfect snack option. Since neither onion nor garlic is used here so the poha chivda can be also thoroughly enjoyed during festive time and during diwali this is a must to be prepared as a festive delight. Do try to enjoy this crunchy and healthy snack.

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Poha Chivda / Mixture

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M

a perefctly quick snack option using poha, nuts and spices.


  • Poha (flattened rice flakes) 3 cup
  • Peanut 1/2 cup
  • Chana dal 1/2 cup
  • Raisin 1/4 cup
  • Dry red chili 3-4 no.
  • Curry leaf 3-4 sprig
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seed (optional) 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seed 1/4 tsp
  • Oil 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt as needed


How to cook Poha Chivda / Mixture

  1. Heat a pan and start roasting the poha / aval / flattened rice flakes over low-medium heat.
  2. Roast till these become crisp and transfer to a plate.
  3. To the same pan add peanuts and chana dal.
  4. Dry roast well and transfer to another plate.
  5. Now add 1/2 tbsp of oil into pan and fry the raisins till they swell.
  6. Transfer to the plate and again put the pan on heat.
  7. Put 1 tbsp oil and allow to heat well.
  8. Next add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and allow to crackle well.
  9. Add curry leaves and dry red chili and fry till they become crisp.
  10. Lower the heat and add turmeric powder, salt, sugar.
  11. Stir till sugar starts melting and after that add roasted peanuts, chana dal, roasted poha and fried raisins.
  12. Saute very gently for 4-5 minutes over low-medium heat.
  13. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool down completely.
  14. Transfer to an air-tight container and serve as it is or with some cup of tea / coffee !


I love the cumin seed flavors in my chivda, so added. But this is optional.
Here I have not added green chilies as my boy love to munch these while I take with my cup of black coffee. Instead I added some whole red chilies which can be taken out easily while serving to kids.
Other dry fruits like cashews, almonds one can surely add. I love only the sweet taste of raisins in my chivda, so stick to only this.

This post is for the current month’s Food Bloggers Recipe Swap and I was paired with Usha who is a wonderful blogger at My Spicy Kitchen. While browsing through her posts, I came across this Poha Mixture recipe and at that time I decided to make this as I love Poha. And here is my version of that with slight changes as per my convenience as Poha Chivda / Mixture.

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  1. Simplyfood

    This poha chivda looks so delicious and crunchy. It looks like the perfect tea time snack .

  2. Priya Iyer

    The poha chivda looks crunchy and absolutely delicious. I love how it is made with just 1.5 tablespoons of oil, making it a great snack for weight watchers too.

  3. Vidya Narayan

    One of the best Travel snack option. Easy to make, light on stomach and delicious. This is one snack that is always stored in my pantry.

  4. April

    So that's what it is! I have seen this dish a couple of times and I always wondered how it was made. Time to try it!

  5. Mimi

    A friend of mine shared this recipe with me because she was extremely excited about it. I see why now. I am super excited to make it, too!

  6. Celeste

    This is new and very interesting to me, love the health benefits. It looks absolutely delicious.

  7. Geetanjali Tung

    A perfect tea time snack and with less oil is a bonus! A regular evening snack at my place. Love it 🙂

  8. Jacqueline Debono
    Jacqueline Debono

    I've never had flattened rice flakes but it sounds really good. Love this snack recipe. I can imagine how flavourful it is! I need to see if I can find poha where I live in Italy!

  9. Jenni LeBaron

    This looks so savory and delicious. I love the aromatic spices that you used in this recipe. The perfect side dish for any dinner!

  10. Cheese Curd In Paradise
    Cheese Curd In Paradise

    I love all the peanuts in this dish! I have not tried something like this before, but it sounds so good!

  11. Amanda

    What a delicious idea for a different breakfast! This is definitely a fun way to change things up, and I love the spices you have going on here. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jay Joy

    I am all in with this gluten free and vegan option!

  13. Chef Mireille

    what a great snack – looks so colorful and inviting – super delicious I am sure!

  14. Maman de sara

    I don’t know what is poha until I read your post. I will definitely get me some to make this recipe.

  15. Kelly Anthony

    You had me at simple and quick especially when it come to snacks. Love that it has a gluten free option.

  16. MySpicyKitchen

    Thanks for trying the recipe. Like your version of chidva with raisins and some sugar.

  17. Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I need to make some soon for my boys! Summer break is starting from tomorrow and we will be in constant need for snacks.

  18. Lathiya

    This is one easy and addictive snack to have along with chai…The chivda looks delicious

  19. Lathiya

    This is such a easy yet delicious snack. It is healthy and perfect to munch on tea time.

  20. Pavani

    Love this simple and easy chivda recipe.perfect tea time and travel snack.Feel like grabbing the bowl.

  21. InspiresN

    Lovely snack with a cup of tea!

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