Make Chivda For Your Next family Treat – Here’s How

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Chivda The Spicy Flavorful Snack That Works Every Time

Chivda, like many South Asian foods are packed with flavor and delightful color. Chivda is a much-loved snack that families all over South Asia enjoy. Now it’s not just on special festivals like Diwali that chivda is enjoyed but its great for any time munching too. Whether you’re on the road, or relaxing at home, your taste buds will enjoy the bursts of flavor that comes from the popular chivda snack.

Before we get to the know-how of an easy chivda recipe that you could enjoy with your family, let’s first go over what this snack is.

What Is Chivda?

Chivda is a delicious mix of sweet and spice and all things crunchy nice. The snack mix contains roasted rice, nuts, lentils, flat rice (or oats). Some versions have dried fruits that are also fried during the process and, of course, loads of spice for that Indus iconic flavor.

There are variations of Chivda throughout South Asia, including in countries like Singapore where it is called Kacang Putih. Some parts of India also refer to the snack as a “mixture.”

Chivda is wholesome and nutritious with great ingredients like fried lentils, chickpea, corn, puffed rice, roasted and mixed nuts, as well as curry leaves. Spices included in the mixture are blends of curry, coriander, mustard seeds, as well as a drizzle of olive oil.

How To Make Chivda

Now for the fun part. You, too, can create this nutritious snack with this simple chivda recipe. Whether you’re having a party at home with friends and family or you’re celebrating wonderful festivities, chivda is a must-have.

This chivda recipe takes a total of 25 minutes to complete. Five minutes to prepare and a total of 819 calories.

  • 2 cups of pressed rice
  • 1 cup of toasted chana dal
  • 1/2 tspn chilli powder
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup of coconut (chopped)
  • 2 pinches of asafoetida
  • Sugar as needed
  • 1 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup of raw peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp raisin
  • Salt as needed

Method for making the chivda

Chivda is simply great any time and that’s why we love it so much. It’s also affordable and a little goes a long way. From fiber, protein and the good fats of olive oil to vitamin A, calcium and carbohydrates.

  • Deep fry the flat rice (poha) until it becomes crisp. Use a sieve to deep fry the poha once the oil is hot enough
  • Rinse the cashews, raisins and the curry leaves thoroughly and then set on a towel to dry. Once they are dry, put them in three different bowls
  • Transfer the poha to a towel to drain from excess oil
  • Next deep fry the chana dal until crispy
  • After the chana dal, fry the raisins, peanuts, the cashews, sliced coconut and the curry leaves. There’s no need to fry these ones as long, 1 minute will do
  • Once fried, put this mixture of fried munchies onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil. 
  • Next step fry the spices. With one tbs of oil in a pan with medium heat, fry onion then the cumin and sesame seeds also fry the mustard seeds. You’ll see the seeds change color and some begin to pop. This is about right
  • Next add the powdered spices and the salt
  • Once everything is done, mix everything together and toss it well. You can crush the curry leaves over the mixture
  • Cook everything on low heat for another two minutes.

With this chivda recipe, you can serve eight folks or dish up eight helpings either way you choose. 

Other variations of the chivda recipe might also use dalia and green chili. Some folks also substitute the poha (flat rice) with oats instead. The substitution can add more nourishment and up the fiber in the chivda mixture.  The Maharashtrian version of chivda often uses dried fruits in it as well. 

Nutritional Information For Chivda

Not all nutrition value is the same across chivda variations. The following nutritional breakdown is simply an estimate for a typical chivda mixture bearing in mind the common ingredients used.

  • Calories 497
  • Saturated fat 3g
  • Sodium 532g
  • Carbohydrates 80g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Protein 11g
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 35mg
  • Vitamin B6 1mg
  • Vitamin C 58mg
  • Vitamin E 3mg
  • Vitamin K 3mcg
  • Calcium 65mg
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate) 352mcg
  • Iron 2mg
  • Magnesium 64mg
  • Phosphorus 182mg
  • Zinc 2mg

Other Benefits Of Chivda

Chivda offers versatility on Indus cuisine. The snack is served with hot beverage and for those conscious about weight, the snack is low in calories. If anything, chivda offers a healthier version of mainstream snacks like fried chips and other fast foods. While the ingredients are fried, the transfats don’t amount to that of eating a burger, fries and  other heavy foods.

Chivda gives you a nice option if you’re feeling relatively peckish without being too heavy. In fact, some people eat poha for breakfast. We see why poha works at breakfast because while it doesn’t pile on the calories, it fills hunger and helps keep you sustained. So, naturally in a   chivda mix for later the day, you can continue to enjoy the goodness of poha (if you’re using it).

If you use red poha in your chivda, if also adds more nutritional value because the red is less processed than the white. The red has a higher fiber count than the white poha.

Either way, when choosing your ingredients, whatever you prefer best and what is suited to your diet works.


How long can I store chivda?

If you allow the mixture to cool down completely before storing it in an air tight container, the chivda can last for around one week.

Can you bake chivda?

Yes, baked chivda is possible. The baked version of Chivda is known as Chevdo

How many types of chivda is there?

There are many different versions of chivda since they can differ per region. The chivda recipes can also change based on personal preferences to ingredients. How many versions exactly are too many to say.

How many calories are there in chivda?

Calories in chivda is very low and this is why it is the snack choice of anyone looking to watch their diet.

Can you use ghee while making chivda?

You could use ghee, but the texture is not the same as oil.

Conclusion For Making Chivda

If you’re looking for a great snack that won’t hurt your weight loss goals, then trying the chivda recipe is a good option. The great thing about chivda is that it doesn’t require plenty of ingredients and that little goes a long way.

Even if you’re making chivda for the very first time, you’ll be please to know that it is often much better and healthier than the store-bought versions. When making it yourself, you get to control what goes into the chivda, and that can help you line it up with your dietary needs.