indian snacks

Thin Poha Chivda(Patal Poha Chiwada)

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Patal Poha (Thin Poha) Chivda is another diwali snack. This is my all time crispy favourite snack and it can be a good tea time snack too. This is a very simple and easy recipe and a quick snack made from thin poha, dry fruits, peanuts, spices in maharashtrian style.

preparation time 5 minutes
cooking time 20 minutes

servings 4 to 5


For roasting

2 cups white poha ( flattened rice)
⅓ cup peanuts
⅓ cup chana dal bengal gram)
⅓ cup cashew nuts (kaju)
¼ cup chopped dry coconut slices – optional
⅓ cup of oil for frying

For tempering poha chivda:

3 green chilies – sliced or chopped
4 to 15 curry leaves (kadi patta)
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tablespoon sugar or powdered sugar
1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt or add as required
½ tablespoon oil

Directions || How to prepare Poha chivda

Keep ready all the ingredients as per the measurement in a bowl.

Take a thick bottomed pan or kadai with a handle.

Add for oil and fry the peanuts till it turns crispy and crunchy , remove it from pan or kadhai and allow it to cool in a bowl or a plate.

similarly fry 1/3 cup of chana dal till they become crisp. remove the chana dal and cashews from the pan and place it in a bowl.

For tempering :

In the same kadai or pan,heat 1/3 cup of oil for deep frying.

Then add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter , next add cumin seeds.

Add curry leaves, green chilies and a generous pinch of salt.

Then sprinkle ¼ turmeric powder and 1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt or add salt as per taste.

Now add ¼ cup dry coconut slices till they become crisp and light golden or golden.

Keep the flame to a low. then add 2 cups of thin poha or rice flakes in it.

Roast the poha. gently shake the pan so that the poha gets evenly roasted.

since they are papery, light and delicate saute it very gently ad lightly.

Within 3 to 4 minutes the poha flakes will change their texture and become crisp. don’t roast the poha on a high flame.

Next add the fried ingredients – peanuts, cashews and chana dal to the roasted poha and shake the pan so that everything gets mixed.

on a low flame, add sugar and keep mixing the chivda gently and lightly.

Turn off the gas and let the chivda mixture settle in the hot pan for 1 or 2 mins ,this will make the chivda more crunchy and crispy.

After 2 mins remove the poha chivda in another plate and let it cool at room temperature. once cooled, then store in an air-tight box and container.

Serve the poha chivda as a tea time snack.


Sev Puri Burgers

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Sev Puri is another famous chaat snack from the lands of Mumbai. You can either prepare Dahi Sev batata puri those are prepared with round puri with masala stuffed in it or you can make it with flat puri.
I gave this recipe a little twist , a new form of having these puris so that the kids would just won’t resist it , yes the innovative Sev Puris Burgers
This recipe is absolutely simple to make if you have your puris, sev and chutney ready.
All these three ingredients can be brought ready made or you can prepare it at home.
Try this at home, and do share me your experiences with your kids 🙂

Preptime: 10-15 mins

Cooking time: 5-10 mins

Serves: 4 + people


2 medium size boiled and peeled potatoes
2 tbsp curd
½ cup tamarind chutney
½ cup mint coriander chutney
½ cup red chutney
chaat masala as required
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1 cup fine sev
15-16 puris
1 cup sev
1 to 2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
black salt
Directions || How to prepare Sev Puri Burgers
Mix chopped potato, dahi,onion ,1 tsp of green chutney ,lemon juice,salt and chat masala.

Arrange the puris on a plate , you can decide the puris to be served each plate.

Now top each puri with the prepared mixture.

Now top the puris with mint coriander chutney, and tamarind chutney one on top of the other

Now cover all the puris with puris like a burger.

Apply red chutney at the edges of all the puris one by one and sprinkle sev over it.

Ta Da.. the new style Sev Puri Burger style is ready to be served to your naughty kids 🙂