The weather has been very gloomy in Bangalore for the past few days with occasional rains. I like people who enjoy rainy days. I was out the other day to buy some grocery and it was raining heavily. So, I just stood under a tin roof of a shop and watched some children dance in the rain. They were jumping in the puddles which reminded me of my carefree days. Pure blissful days…
Rainy days also doubles my hunger. The hunger is for crunchy snacks like kara boondi, masala cookies, my all time favorite pakodas etc. I can just make a cup of Chai for myself and munch on these snacks watching rain. So, to satisfy my snack needs, I made Chivda Namkeen today.
Chivda namkeen or masala chivda is a popular snack in India made with beaten rice. Beaten rice is also known as poha, aval, flattened rice. This snack is quite easy to make at home especially if you have deep slotted ladle handy with you. I got this ladle with holes from my mom and always use it to make chivda namkeen.
After deep frying the beaten rice, you can add few roasted gram, cashews, peanuts and spice it up with some red chilli powder. So, make Chivda namkeen this rainy season and enjoy with family and friends.
- Flattened rice/chivda - 1 cup
- Peanuts - ½ cup
- Cashews - ½ cup
- Raisins - 2 tbsp
- Curry leaves - 1 sprig
- Roasted Gram - ¼ cup
- Salt to taste
- Red chilly Powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder - ¼ tsp
- Vegetable Oil - 1 cup
- Heat a frying pan with oil in it. Make sure to check if oil is ready, add few flattened rice to the hot oil. If it puffs up right away, oil is ready for deep frying.
- Take a deep slotted ladle and add a fistful of flatteened rice in the ladle. Dip the ladle carefully in the oil. Flattened rice will puff up immediately as the oil is hot.
- Drain the excess oil and place the fried flattened rice on a tissue to remove excess oil.
- Add 1 tsp cooking oil in a pan and roast peanuts for few minutes on low flame and keep them aside.
- Now add 1 tsp of oil and roast some cashews in the same frying pan and roast till they turn light golden brown and keep it aside. Roast raisins in same pan till it puffs up.
- Clean and dry curry leaves by spreading them on towel. Add 1 tsp cooking oil in the pan and roast curry leaves on low flame for few minutes.
- Lower the flame and add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and stir for few seconds.
- Now add roasted gram, peanuts, cashews, raisins, fried flattened rice, salt and mix well. Remove from the flame.
- Once the content cools down completely, store the snack in an air-tight container. You can store it for upto 2 weeks in a cool place. Do not refrigerate.