Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe
Chivda is a regular tea time snack in many Pakistani and Indian homes. It is made with flattened rice, dry fruit and spices Recently I discovered that store bought chivda is not only deep fried but fully loaded with all sorts of preservatives. So I thought of making my self a healthier alternative of this delicious, crunchy and spicy chivda snack.
My version of healthy home-made Chivda snack consists of oats (for all the health benefits), flattened rice called poha and of course puffed rice for the extra crunch. For the dried fruit I am adding peanuts and raisins along with coconut flakes. You can add any type of dried fruit that you fancy like cashews or almonds. Feel free to omit or add any thing according to your personal liking.
If you are using peanuts make sure to use them with the skin but again if you don't like it you can also use peeled peanuts. I don't have an access to fresh curry leaves which are an essential component in this recipe so I am using dried ones. Fresh curry leaves have a stronger aromatic flavour so use those whenever possible.
I have also used just a bit of brown sugar to bring out the flavour of other ingredients. This makes the mixture both sweet and savoury at the same time. Chivda is not only easy to make but it is a light and healthy snack to have when huger strikes in between meals. It is also great to serve at tea parties or even in kids lunch boxes for a light and healthy just like Spicy Roasted Chickpea Snack and Healthy Chickpea Chocolate Truffles
|puffed rice cereal||8 tbsps|
|coconut flakes||4 tbsps|
|olive oil||2 tbsps|
|mustard seeds||1 tsp|
|turmeric powder||1/2 tsp|
|green chillies (slit length wise)||2-3|
|fresh or dried curry leaves||8-10|
|brown sugar (optional)||1 tsp|
Dry roast the oats and poha on low heat and set aside.
Now add the turmeric powder.
Finally remove from heat and add in the roasted oats, poha and peanuts. Also add the puffed rice cereal, raisins and coconut flakes. Add the salt and stir to combine. Store in an air tight jar.