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Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

By Shazia @diary_of_a_home

Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

Chivda is a regular tea time snack in many Pakistani and Indian homes. It is made with flattened rice, dry fruit and spices Recently I discovered that store bought chivda is not only deep fried but fully loaded with all sorts of preservatives. So I thought of making my self a healthier alternative of this delicious, crunchy and spicy chivda snack.
My version of healthy home-made Chivda snack consists of oats (for all the health benefits), flattened rice called poha and of course puffed rice for the extra crunch. For the dried fruit I am adding peanuts and raisins along with coconut flakes. You can add any type of dried fruit that you fancy like cashews or almonds. Feel free to omit or add any thing according to your personal liking.
If you are using peanuts make sure to use them with the skin but again if you don't like it you can also use peeled peanuts. I don't have an access to fresh curry leaves which are an essential component in this recipe so I am using dried ones. Fresh curry leaves have a stronger aromatic flavor so use those whenever possible.
I have also used just a bit of brown sugar to bring out the flavor of other ingredients. This makes the mixture both sweet and savoury at the same time. Chivda is not only easy to make but it is a light and healthy snack to have when huger strikes in between meals. It is also great to serve at tea parties or even in kids lunch boxes for a light and healthy just like Spicy Roasted Chickpea Snack and Healthy Chickpea Chocolate Truffles
Prep Time:10 minutes☻     Cooking Time: 5 minutes☻     Serves: 4☻     Cuisine: Pakistani, India


oats8 tbsps

poha8 tbsps

puffed rice cereal8 tbsps

peanuts5 tbsps

raisins5 tbsps

coconut flakes4 tbsps

olive oil2 tbsps

mustard seeds1 tsp

turmeric powder1/2 tsp

green chillies (slit length wise)2-3

fresh or dried curry leaves8-10

saltto taste

Dry roast the oats and poha on low heat and set aside.
Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

Also dry roast the peanuts and set aside.
Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds start to splutter add the green chillies and curry leaves.
Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

Now add the turmeric powder.
Healthy Oat Chivda Recipe

Finally remove from heat and add in the roasted oats, poha and peanuts. Also add the puffed rice cereal, raisins and coconut flakes. Add the salt and stir to combine. Store in an air tight jar.

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