Chivda- simplest Pharal
Festive time, we smell a typical Pharal fragrance from most of the homes these days. Pharal is the Marathi word for the sweet or savoury goodies prepared especially for Diwali. This year I thought of trying my hand on few of the simple goodies. And this weekend I started with chivda.
Chivda is the simplest of Pharals to prepare – you can say a roasted version of Pohe. Most of the ingredients used are freely available in pantry and yeah, you can prepare this within twenty minutes. I prepared it for the first time, but now I think I’ll prepare this on regular basis for savoury snacks.
You Need :
- Thin Poha: 1/4 kg
- Green Chillies: 4-5 Large ones – split and cut in small pieces
- Curry Leaves: about 20-25
- Mustard Seeds: 2tsp
- Cumin Seeds: 1tsp
- Turmeric Powder: 1tsp
- Red Chilli Powder: 1/2tsp
- Cashews: fistful
- Raisins: fistful
- Peanuts: fistful
- Roasted Chana Dal: fistful
- salt to taste
- sugar to taste
- Heat Oil in a Huge Kadai, add Mustard Seeds followed by Cumin seeds. (Kadai – should be wide and huge enough to stir all the items easily)
- Once they splutter – follow with Curry Leaves and Green chillies.
- Add the items in Blue, fry them till half cooked.
- Add the Poha and mix with the spice mix till its covered with spices.
- Roast till all Poha turns crispy – about 15 minutes.
Done, keep it open till it cools down. Don’t keep in hot kadai else the bottom ones might turn red, use a flat thali to cool it. Store in air tight container. C for Chivda goes to “Dish Name Starts with C” event hosted by Akila.
Happy Diwali guys… have a safe and lovely festive season.