Poha chivda| Poha chiwda is an easy to prepare snack|namkeen at home with in minutes. It is crunchy and tastes awesome. Perfectly suits with a cup of steaming hot tea. It is healthy as it has no deep fried items there. Tasty healthy home made snack in minutes!!!

I learnt this recipe from my North Indian neighbor Swagatha 5 years back. She often prepares this snack at home. I got a chance to taste this and i loved this tastes similar to mixture. When compare to mixture it seems healthy as there is no deep frying process involved. I love to prepare this with thin variety poha.

Poha Chivda recipe

Poha| Aval- 250 grams(2 cups) I used thin poha
oil- 3 teaspoons
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Ajwain|omam-1 teaspoon
Green chillies, cut- 3-4
Curry leaves- 3 stands
Peanuts- 1/2 cup
Roasted chana dal|pottukadalai- 1/4 cup
Asafetida- big pinch
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Sugar- 1 teaspoon (adjust acc.to your taste)
Salt- to taste

Poha Chiwda recipe


  • In a wide pan roast the poha in low flame till it becomes crispy. If you use thin variety it becomes crispy and light like a paper. The colour of the poha should not change.
  • Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Heat oil in the pan and add the mustard seeds and ajwain allow to crakle.
  • Now add the cut green chillies, curry leaves and peanuts; roast in medium flame until the peanuts gets golden colour.
  • Now add the roasted gram dal and roast for fifteen seconds in oil.
  • Add the asafetida and turmeric powder and cook a second to leave the raw flavour of turmeric.
  • Add the sugar and salt accoding to your taste. I like sweet and salty balance.
  • Finally add the roasted poha and mix well till the colour of the poha gets yellow and every thing mixed together and becomes crispy. 
  • Notes: You could add some cashewnuts and coconut pieces too with peanuts and roast for richness in taste.
How to make poha chivda

Poha chivda preparation