Monday, October 24, 2011

Jowar Chivda | Crunchy Puffed Millet Snack

Every year around Diwali, my kitchen is a whirlwind of activity. I love making delicious sweets and savouries that we enjoy over the festive month! This year I had planned to try my hand at some sweets I have never attempted at home and share them with you. But time has been moving swiftly and things are so busy for me suddenly that I barely step into the kitchen to make a meal.

In between all the craziness, it appears that autumn has disappeared and winter has arrived in it's stead! It's bitterly cold here with a nasty north wind bearing down on us. Ugh! I can actually hear it beating down the roof and windows. Double ugh! Time for a nice sweet milky cup of tea then! That's right, tea it is because it's the perfect accompaniment for a quick and easy Chivda that I was able to make last night.

4 cups puffed jowar | millet
1 cup moongphalli (peanuts)
7-8 kari patta (curry leaves)
1/2 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
1 tsp haldi (turmeric)
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp chini (sugar)
Salt to taste
2 hari mirch (green chilies), chopped fine
4 cloves lashun (garlic), chopped fine
3 tbsp oil
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup kismis (dark raisins)

  1. Preheat oven to 250F. Place the puffed jowar on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toast in oven for 12-15 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  2. Heat oil in a wok. Reduce heat to a medium, add the garlic and fry until it begins to brown and turn crisp. Add the green chilies and curry leaves.
  3. When the garlic and green chilies both look crunchy, add the peanuts. Roast till golden brown, then add the raisins and sunflower seeds.
  4. Next add the turmeric, salt, sugar, and chaat masala. Blend well.
  5. Turn off the heat, and turn the toasted puffed jowar into the pan, stirring all the time.
  6. Stir gently until the puffed jowar is coated with the masalas, and the nut mixture is distributed evenly.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight jar.
Vegan Recipe.

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  1. Very intersting! Do you get puffed jowar at Indian grocers here?

    1. Suma, Puffed Jowar is available in any big super market store. I get mine from Whole Foods.

  2. my mom made this when we were small. ur chivda looks really yummy.

  3. Wow jowar chivda looks absolutely irresistible, lovely chivda.

  4. Love the picture, so neatly styled and chivda looks perfect!!

    Happy Diwali!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by kothiyavunu and for ur kind words :) Lovely to taste some..:)

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  7. Its so inventing and yummy snack..looks awesome,,,must try this snack,,,Happy Diwali..

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  9. What a tasty and easy snack that is.. I with you on comforting milky tea - great accompaniment.

  10. Your blog is superb...fabulous recipes and great pictures..
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