Poha Chivda (Indian Flattened Rice Snack) Recipe

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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 3 green Thai chiles slit lengthwise

  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 15 curry leaves

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cashew nuts

  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

  • 1/2 cup toasted dried coconut slices (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

  • 2 cups flattened rice (also called beaten rice)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat until shimmering. In quick succession add the mustard, cumin, and fennel seeds. Stand back to avoid splatter. Stir until fragrant and the seeds pop, about 30 seconds. Add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, and curry leaves. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low.

  2. Add cashew, peanuts, coconut slices. Fry till the cashew turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add raisins and stir to combine. Add flattened rice, salt, and sugar and stir very gently until the rice is totally coated yellow with the flavoured oil and nuts. Remove from heat, spread on absorbent kitchen towel and cool. Adjust seasoning if needed. Store in an air tight container in a dry place for up to 2 months

Special equipment

Heavy bottomed cast iron skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
220 Calories
15g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 159mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)