Sunday, October 23, 2011

Microwave Chivda



Diwali – the festival of lights is here! Diwali in the southern states of India is celebrated to mark the killing of Narakasur by Lord Krishna. Everybody must be having very fond memories attached to this particular festival and so do I. As children, me and my brother used to wait for this festival of lights all through the year. Diwali for us meant new clothes, crackers, exchanging sweets and snacks with neighbors, visiting relatives, and how can I forget lighting up our verandahs with small earthen lamps or Diyas.

On the day of Diwali, we used to be up by 4 in the morning, have an oil bath, wear new clothes and go out with my father to burst a few crackers. Whether we had breakfast on other days or not, on the Diwali, it was a must. We would be served with soft idlis, chutney and the sweets and snacks. Then we would sit down and watch the programmes on T.V, especially the Patti Mandram. Then have a fulfilling lunch with Vadai and Payasam. Next it was time for a good nap. Finally wake up to wear another set of new clothes, help amma with lighting the lamps and then again go down to burst crackers. (though not much, I was never a cracker person).

Times have changed now, though we still celebrate Diwali pretty much the same way, but the making of sweets and snacks has reduced quite a bit owing to all the heath consciousness and of course, crackers have become almost zero. (Just a few sparklers for my daughter). But I really enjoyed my Diwali as a kid rather than an adult.

Today I am sharing a simple recipe for a healthy chivda, which can be made with minimum oil and that too in a Microwave in almost no time. Chivda is a popular Maharastrian snack, made from crunchy beaten rice or aval. So let’s get to the recipe without any further delay.



What you’ll need:

1.       Thin beatn rice/poha - 3 cups
2.       Mustard Seeds – 1 Tsp
3.       Roasted Channa Dal/ Pottukadalai – 2 handfuls
4.       Unsalted raw peanuts – 2 handfuls
5.       Green chilly – 1, chopped
6.       Curry leaves – a few
7.       Turmeric powder – a pinch
8.       Oil – 2 to 3 tsps
9.       Salt to taste

Method

  1. Place the poha in a shallow microwave safe dish,  and microwave on High for 2 minutes stirring once after one minute.
  2. In another microwave dish, add the oil and mustard seeds and microwave on High for 2 minutes.
  3. To this add the chopped green chilly, roasted channa dal, peanuts, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Mix well and then microwave on High for another 2 minutes.
  4. Next add the poha to this seasoning and mix well. Microwave on High for another 1 minute.
  5. Cool completely and then add salt to taste. You can also add a pinch of sugar if you like.

That’s it crunchy and crispy chivda is ready.



Celebrate Diwali with this healthy and tasty chivda.

Note: The above mentioned quantity of poha, served about 5 to 6 small cups. The entire thing got over in just a day. So adjust quantity accordingly.

Also linking this to Srivalli's MEC event hosted at the Pumpkin Farm

24 comments:

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Yumm Chivda - that's too done using M/Wave Oven. Luv this delicious recipe.

Raksha said...

good one

Padhu said...

Delicious and that too done with microwave

Radhika said...

Are U into reading minds Kaveri. Only the other day when Arjun wanted to have something for snack I wanted to try this in Microwave as the Doc had asked to avoid oil foods but gave him biscuits and postponed to do it later and here you are sharing this one. Thank you so much.

Hari Chandana said...

Simple and delicious recipe.. Yummy :)
Indian Cuisine

Priya said...

Chivda looks fabulous and quite addictive,missing those beautiful diwali days here..

schmetterlingwords said...

A healthy way to munch on. Chivda looks so tasty. It was good reading your way of celebrating Diwali with your family. Happy Diwali!! :)

julie said...

Delicious n yummy chiwada!! looks awesome..
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Pushpa said...

As Diwali is nearing I am filled with all these memories,tempting and crunchy chivda.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious and very yummy looking chivda.

Tina said...

delicious and crunchy chivda...

Loveandcalories said...

This is so easy to make...And I have all the ingredients at home except for pottu kadalai...any substitute for that??

Vidhya said...

With Diwali almost at the door steps I was desperately looking for some savory munchies to make and thank you dear for answering my prayers.

Santosh Bangar said...

perfect namkeen for diwali

Sobha Shyam said...

so simple and lovely chivda..will surely try this out..Happy Diwali dear..

Panchamrutham said...

loved this easy way of chivda preparation...
Happy Diwali to U n family

http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

Prathima Rao said...

Crispy & healthy chivda!!! Happy & prosperous diwali!!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats corner

Uma said...

I love this quick microwave chivda. Perfect for festival.

Happy Diwali to you and your family Kaveri!!!

Cheers,
Uma
My Kitchen Experiments

Ambreen said...

Lovely recipe, simple & delicious. Happy Diwali to you :)

Muskaan at A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Delicious recipe here...

!!! A Very happy Diwali to you & your family!!!

Muskaan

Zareena said...

Happy Diwali dear. Delicious and tempting snack to munch on.

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
Chivda looks yummy and tempting.

Amy said...

sounds delicious....The way you celebrated Diwali as a kid reminds me our New year....First time here & happy to follow you...
Wish you a Happy Diwali!!

vineetha said...

Can keep on munching this until I finish that bowl..Happy Diwali to u too..

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