Oats-Poha Chivda

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Oats theses days one of our favorites here at home. I have already put up a few oats based dishes like the Oat idli, Oats Upma, Oat-Poha upma and here now adding one more to this series is the Oats-Poha Chivda. Some of you might recognize this dish and find it similar to the traditional poha-upkari that I put up here a couple years ago. It is a healthy, tasty and easy to prepare, so what more can you ask for ! Ideal for an evening tiffin.

What you need to have:

1. Oats – 1 and 1/2 Cup

2. Beaten Rice (Thin) – 1 cup

3. Dalia Dal – 1/4 Cup

4. Peanuts – A handful

5. Cashews – A handful

6. Raisins – A handful

Oats and Thin Poha/Beaten rice

Other ingredients of the dish

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Green chilly – 2-3

3. Red Chilly -1

4. Curry leaves – 2-3 Sprigs

5. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

6. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

7. Chilli poiwder – 1/2 Teaspoon

8. Sugar powder – 1 Teaspoon(optional)

9. Salt – as needed

10. Garam masala powder  – A pinch(optional)

11. Amchur powder – A pinch(optional)

12. Cooking oil – 2 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Place a skillet on low flame with oats in it and warm it up till it turns crispy and a nutty aroma oozes out.

Oats being warmed up

2. Place a skillet with 2 Tablespoons of cooking oil in it on low flame.  When heated fry cashews in it till it turns light brown and crispy.  Transfer it to another bowl and keep it aside.

Cashews being fried

3. In the same skillet fry Peanuts as well till crispy.  Transfer it to the same bowl to which the fried cashews are placed.

Peanuts being fried in oil

4. Place a skillet with only 2 Teaspoons of cooking oil in on medium flame.  On being heated add mustard seeds to it.  When it splutters add split green chilly, red chjilly pieces, and curry leaves.  When done, add Raisins to it and stir well till it swells and fries.

Seasoning in progress with raisins being fried in it

5. When fried add Dalia dal and also all the powders in a row.

All powders being added in a row to the seasoning

6. Finally, add fried Cashews, Peanuts from step-2 and 3 to it and also warmed up Oats from step-1 to it and also Beaten rice  and salt , powdered sugar, Garam masala powder, A pinch of Amtur powder and toss  well and and leave it on low flame for about 2-3 minutes stiring with a wooden spatula so that oats is not powdered.

Oats and Beaten Rice being added to the Seasoning

7. Transfer it to bowl and you are all set. You can garnish with shredded coconut if you wish. Yummmmmmmmmmmm    !  Also one can even relish it with chopped onions and cilantro too!!!!!!!

                                                                     Ready to serve Oats Poha Chivda

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 5-6

1. Thin Beaten Rice/Poha should be used for the dish. We normally dry the poha in the strong sun for about an hour to get rid of the raw smell.

2. Oats should be warmed up on low/medium flame depending upon the size of the burner stirring at intervals so that it does not get burnt.

3. One can use Garlic in place of Asafoetida powder.

4. Dry fruits, if you like, are always an optional addition.


14 thoughts on “Oats-Poha Chivda

    Sushma Mallya said:
    December 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Yummy …I am really craving to have these now….will try this soon:)

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Sushma,

      This tastes just like the” Bhajhil povu” which we enjoy with fresh grated coconut

    Priya said:
    December 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Yum Yum, crunchy munchy chivda..

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Priya,

      This chivda can be enjoyed on a cold day with chopped onions and cilantro isn’t it??

    vanamala said:
    December 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Hey nice one

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Vanamala,

      Thanx a lot for your comments. Long time i have heard from you

    Divya Shankar said:
    December 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hello Aunty,
    Yummy .. no need to buy any Haldirams or Garden brand snacks anymore .. lovely and simple description. Such great pics at every step. Many thanks to you Aunty for teaching it all taking so much of your time. Will make this over the weekend.
    I have a doubt .. if I wanted to use corn flakes in this mixture .. should I fry that in oil and then use? If frying is required .. then this defntly is a healthier version with oats and beaten rice.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Divya,

      I think it is a good idea to add corn flakes to this mixture. I personally feel you can just mix it with this itself. (You mean those Kellogs and other branded corn flakes no?) I hope i have made my self clear. On preparing please leme know , how you prepared it and the final result of the dish, so that i make some changes here for the recipe alternatively.

    radha said:
    December 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Each item in that chudva looks crunchy and ready to dig in!

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Radha,

      Thanx a lot for your comments. It is an easy recipe for starters , hence do try it out and lemme know.

    simson said:
    January 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    namaste maam 🙂
    its been a while that i visited your site n when i come back i find this my fave chiwda or chuda.
    i normally do make it n carry for travel but the combination of oats to this is superb.
    i did try this 3 days ago n it was too good.happy that i made in large quantity n was not left on empty stomach.
    the idea of adding corn flakes also seems nice but i guess it should be fried or baked to give a crispy feel.not sure so expert comment awaited.
    i skipped amchur n powder sugar but while serving tossed wit chat masala n wit coriander n tomatoes it turned gr8.
    thanks once again maam.

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Simson,

      Adding Corn flakes is also a good option. Normally is not corn flakes crispy???Why it need to be roasted???? I feel it can be aded for extra flavour to it. Thanx a lot as usual for your comments. I am hearing from you after a long leisure.

    bawa said:
    January 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

    What is dalia dal? It looks like “channa” dal in the photo, could you please confirm? thank you!

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