Monday, January 20, 2014

Jowar Chivda Ver 2 | Puffed Millet Snack with Fried Garlic and Pepitas

Jowar Chivda is one of my go to snacks. Easy to prepare, its absolutely yummy and healthy to boot. I generally make lots of namkeen (snack mixes) during the festival period, but Chivda is one snack that I tend to make year round. I make so many variations of this snack that it is a shame I have not blogged more recipes of the same. This morning I made a fresh batch and I am so glad that I managed to squeeze some time out to photograph the result and share it with you.

Chivda is super with tea, coffee, and its also a perfect accompaniment to sodas and beer too. It travels really well and is a welcome and super tasty snack on road trips. I think its a great addition to game nights too. Create your own variation by adding your favourite nuts, snack mixes, cereals, and even pop corn and watch with delight as your family enjoys bowl after bowl of this healthy home made snack!

4 cups puffed jowar | millet
1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
7-8 kari patta (curry leaves)
1 tsp haldi (turmeric)
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp chini (sugar)
Salt to taste
8 cloves lashun (garlic), chopped fine
3 tbsp oil
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 curry leaves.
  3. When the garlic looks crunchy, add the raisins. They will puff up and toast.
  4. As they begin to change colour, 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 garlic mixture is distributed evenly.
  7. Now place the pepitas in a non stick pan and toast them on a gentle heat. They will puff up, turn a paler colour, and become crunchy. Remove and tip into the mix.
  8. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight jar.
Good to Know
  • I always roast the pepitas separately as they are unpredictable and can get over done very easily.
  • If you don't like raisins, try blueberries in this recipe. They taste fabulous. 
  • Chaat Masala is a tangy spice blend that is easily available at your local Indian store.
Vegan Recipe

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  1. very healthy and crunchy munchy tea-time snack.

    1. Sanoli - it does make for a great tea time snack!!

  2. Hello Aparna,
    This looks like diet snacks available in stores. So colourful and so who says snacking is bad if you have such yummy and healthy snacks.. Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Namita!! The best part of Jowar Chivda is it does not taste like some of those diet snacks!! I tries a few diet namkeens available and they can taste quiet awful!! This chivda has a great taste and is not soaking in oil and spices either!!

  3. This looks good too. Will try, but will add store bought sev to it!


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