Puffed rice Mixture/Chivda ( Garlic Flavored )

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This is a garlic flavored variation of the previous recipe – a favorite among people from Nipani, a small town on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. They enjoy this dish for any conceivable occasion or even without one ! I learnt this from my neighbor when we stayed there in the early 80s.

What you need to have:

1. Puffed rice – 4 cups

2. Peanuts – 1/2 cup

3. Dalia Dal – 1/4 cup

Ingredients for Seasoning:

1. Chili powder – 1 Teaspoon

2. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

3. Garlic pods – 8-10

4. Salt – to taste


What you do with what you have:

1. In a broad based bowl dry roast peanuts till you get a pleasant aroma on a medium flame. On cooling peal them and break it into halves.

2. Peal the garlic pods, crush them a bit and keep it aside.

3. For seasoning: place a skillet with 5-6 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. On heating add the crushed garlic pods from step 2. On garlic turning to light brown color, simmer the flame and add chili powder, turmeric powder, salt to it and stir well.

4. Add pealed peanuts from step 1, Dalia dal and puffed rice to it and mix well. Add salt as per taste and your Garlic flavored puffed rice mixture is ready !

Ready to serve Garlic Puffed rice Chivda

Good to know

1. In case the puffed rice is a little soggy just dry roast the same well before you prepare chivda in a dry skillet on high flame stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.

2. We normally donot use toppings for this chivda since it loses the flavor of garlic.


6 thoughts on “Puffed rice Mixture/Chivda ( Garlic Flavored )

    Aparna said:
    January 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Looks nice, We all love chivda in our house. Nice photos.

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Aparna,

    Thanx for your comments.

    neha said:
    January 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Nice one, my mom also always make this(without garlic), but with some curry leaves, n a bit of sugar..

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Neha,

    Just look at the other one right down below and you can see the one which your mom prepares. Is that the same??????

    Deepti Satish said:
    October 20, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Dear Mrs. Rao,

    I must say you have created a very homely website. All my favorites under one roof. Tried the Chivda and it came out really well. Just one curiosity -My final result had puffed rice staying on top and the dalia dal/peanuts settling below. Hope that is the way it is. The taste was fantastic though. Thanks a ton! I shall try the remaining and keep you posted.


      prathibalrao responded:
      October 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      Your recipe is really perfect. Always since those peanuts and Dalia dal is heavier than Puffed rice it should stay at the bottom only. One has to mix and serve.

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