Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Corn Chivda/ Chooda / Mixture

Corn Chivda/ Chooda/ Mixture is a very popular Indian snack. This snack always makes me nostalgic. As a kid I used to spend my summer holidays at my aunt's house. They had a small grocery store in which this chivda was sold. I liked it so much that I used to have them very often as my evening snack.

The Indian stores sell this chivda (chooda) and my husband gets it every time we go there. So I decided to try it at home. I gave a close look at the chivda and noted down the ingredients which I could see and taste. I also referred this recipe. I was really happy with its taste and crunch. It was worth all the effort. Do try it and I hope you all will like it too!

  • Corn Poha- 2 cups
  • Peanuts- 1/2 cup
  • Raisins- 1/3 cup
  • Cashew pieces - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds (saunf)- 2 tsp
  • Sugar- 1-2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 8- 10 leaves
  • Oil - For deep frying
For Sprinkling:
  • Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


The corn poha looks like this- 

First mix the ingredients listed under 'for sprinkling' and set it aside. Then measure out your ingredients and them ready.

Then take a big bowl and line it with paper towel. Heat the oil.
Once hot, slowly fry the corn poha in small batches. As each batch comes out, sprinkle with little amount of the spice mixture. Repeat it with the rest of the corn poha.
Then continue frying peanuts until they turn light brown. Repeat the same with cashew pieces. 

Then fry the curry leaves until crispy. 
Then fry the raisins until they plump up. 
Finally fry the fennel seeds (do this separately in a small pan with few drops of oil). Now it is time for mixing.

Crush the fried curry leaves and add them into the bowl containing seasoned fried corn poha. Then add rest of the fried ingredients along with sugar.

Mix gently and taste the mixture. Add salt or sugar or red chilli powder at this stage, if required. 
Corn Chivda is ready!!

Store the mixture in an air tight container (after cooling).  This makes a wonderful evening snack along with a cup of coffee or tea.