Friday 12 February 2010

Mixture / Chivda

Chivda or Mixture (as called in TamilNadu) is a popular Indian Tea time snack which consists of combining fried lentils, peanuts, puffed rice, beaten /flattened rice flakes along with different types of fried snacks like Omapodi, Murukku, Boondi, Kara Sev, Diamond Cuts…… All of them are combined together and flavored with a blend of hot spices and salt and done in various combinations according to each one's tastes.

This snack can be very well conserved in air tight tins for more than a month unless you finish all of it within that period…….. which applies to me in that case, ‘coz whenever I do, I prepare a generous amount of it in order to avoid re-doing it in a short period of time as it is quite time-consuming and a lengthy procedure but it seems to be never sufficient each time.......
Well, honestly, if you give me the choice between a bowl of chips and this mixture in another, my preference will incontestably be this addicting crunchy munchy Mixture...... ok, let me try to explain this recipe now:

Ingredients you’ll have to Prepare for the Mixture:

5cups of Omapodi
3 cups of Boondi
1 cup of Murukku(didn’t add it here)
½ a cup of raw Peanuts
3 cups Beaten Rice/ Aval
½ tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sprigs curry leaves

PS: the quantity of Omapodi/Murukku/Beaten rice can be increased or decreased according to your needs

For the Omapodi:

Ingredients:
2 cups gram flour
½ a cup Rice flour
1 tsp finely powdered Ajwain/ Carom seeds
¼ tsp asafetida
Salt (1 tsp or +/-according to your tastes)
Oil for deep frying

Method:
Mix salt, powdered ajwain and asafetida in half acup of water.

Sift gram flour and Rice flours in a bowl and add the prepared water to it little by little. Knead well (may add a little more water if necessary) to make soft smooth dough. The dough should be like a chapatti dough consistency neither too hard nor too soggy.

Heat enough oil for deep frying (maybe more than 3 cups) and reduce it to medium high.

Fill up a murukku press with the dough and use the plate with small minute holes (for omapodi ) to press out the omapodi in the oil. Fry until slightly colored and turn it over.
Remove and drain when it is crispy and uniformly colored.
Crush them when it comes to room temperature and store it in an airtight container.

You may enjoy the Omapodi as it is or scroll down to continue with the Mixture preparation....

For the Boondi:

Ingredients:
2 cups Gram flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
Ghee/Oil for deep frying (approximately 4 cups)

Method:

Mix the salt and baking soda along with the gram flour and add oil and knead until you get a crumbly mixture.

Add water gradually, so that you get a smooth batter (like the Dosa batter consistency, it should be neither too thick nor too watery but should have a smooth flowing consistency).

Heat ghee or oil in a wok, on medium flame; pour the mixed batter through a boondi maker by spreading the batter with a spoon or a spatula so that small drops of boondi fall in the ghee.

Fry until they become crispy. Drain on a paper towel and do the same for the rest of the batter.

Keep aside for the mixture.

This boondi can also be served as a snack apart, as a Kara Boondi if you temper it in the following way:

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, splutter some curry leaves, fry some peanuts and 3 or 4 crushed garlic (along with the skin) and remove off the flame. Add a teaspoon or two of chilly powder, a little bit of salt and sprinkle all this on the fried boondis and stir well. This is called Kara Boondi.

If you’re doing the Boondis for the Mixture, just skip the above step and scroll down to continue....

For the Murukku:

Please see the recipe HERE


Fry the beaten/flattened rice flakes until crispy (always on medium flame) and keep aside.

Deep fry the peanuts and the curry leaves and keep aside.


Sift together the chilly powder, salt and sugar (given under the ingredients of mixture) in a separate bowl.

Gather all the fried Omapodi & Murukku (crush them into small pieces), Boondi, the beaten rice, the curry leaves and the peanuts together in a large bowl or vessel.

Sprinkle the chilly/salt/sugar powder on it and stir it all together and let it come to room temperature before storing it in air tight containers. Happy Tea time!!!

Place for some rewards from a sweet friend Devi:


Thank you for gratifying me with these lovely awards  my friend, I'd love to pass it on to all my dear Readers!!!!


Enjoooooooooy and have a nice Weekend !!!!!

59 comments:

Jagruti said...

Chivda looks mouthawtering..pics looks amazing ..tempting..

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Wow, omapodi!!! My Mum always do this once a year...for Diwali! hehehe ;)

Want some plssss...

psst. Sis, I'll re-type the Eggless Caramel Pudding recipe in English. :D

? said...

Good Recipe; you have made it look so easy! :-)

Tina said...

Wow so perfect and delicious mixture...My all time fav tea time snack...Beautiful clicks too...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Very painstaking process to make this!Nice and looking and crunchy tasting mixture. This sprayed on sambhar saatham would do wonders to it.

Sushma Mallya said...

Its one of my fav snack,but have never tried making it at home,home made ones are always the best & tasty and fresh...looks too good, would love to try this one..

Priya said...

My most fav snacks, its has been a long i prepared this crispies...How is weather at ur place, its somewat sunny here but still too cold...


Bon weekend VIno..

Akal's Saappadu said...

Dear All,

thank you you for all your sweet comments!!

Dear ♥LOVE2COOK♥, thank you & I'll check out your english version :):)

Priya dear, the temperature has almost come to positive.... but still a bright sunny day, some fresh blossoms, the birds chirping would do me lot of good :) waiting for the Spring to come.... Bon Weekend à vous aussi !!!

Soma Pradhan said...

OMG !!!! This mixture is worth taking s omuch effort...

Sarah Naveen said...

yummy yumm!!!! nice clicks.congrats on the awards

Nithu Bala said...

Hey, this looks too tempting..the pictures are so wonderful..

vineetha said...

If nobody stops me I go on eating snacks like this till I finish the packet...

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Great and yummy snack, dear..would like to have some, please....

Nithu Bala said...

Dear, you have award waiting at my blog. Please do drop in to collect it.

Asha said...

LOVE Kaara Boondis, but failed once making at home so never tried again. Looks perfect, love both savory snacks! :)

Sujatha said...

Yummy snack! tempted to eat some right now.. :)

Swathi said...

Vinola,

nice crunchy mixture, i love to eat it now

suvaiyaana suvai said...

My favorite snack!

Cham said...

Hmm U tempt me to deep fry now! My fami adores the mixture! Love the kara boondi! Good one :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy crunchy snack dear

kitchen queen said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmm! my mouth is watering looking at the tempting chivda mixture.I just want to grab it from the picture and have it.

Vrinda said...

feel like grabbing some.my fav,i can eat thse any time of the day..yummmmmmmmmm

AdukalaVishesham said...

perfect snack... looks so tempting.... good post

Siddhi S said...

wow akal this chivda luks very tempting...u like it...loved ur detailed desciption of recipe, with all the other ingredients...thnx for sharing

Gita said...

Wow...the mixture looks so good...everything!...your detailed photos and procedures are very good...kalakurenga :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very nicely done. would love a bowl!

Parita said...

Crispy crunchy chivda..perfect snack!

Sashi said...

I tried this for diwali for first time and it was a hit. You reminded me doing it again. Mixture looks crispy Akal !!!

Uma S said...

Makes me wanna dive into it for a taste!..and vow what an elaborate prep with so much details!!should have been time consuming ,is'nt it?

Prathibha said...

yummy mixture..love to have it wid a cup of chai

kamalabhoopathy said...

Lovely snack and nice clicks.

Fimère said...

bien illustré et très bien présenté ça à l'air divin, je t'en félicite pour ce beau travail
bonne journée

SriLekha said...

you have explained it very well! Love to have it with tea!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear akal
This is real turture, even eating it virtually is not helping !!!I love this one..let me see if my Tamil Coleague has brought some thing like this. Happy Vday
Ushnishda

Malar Gandhi said...

Summa moru morunnu kara-saarama aalai izhukuthe'...I like the way u added more galic along with skin' awesome flavour, Dhool:)

Erica said...

That sounds different and delicious!

nandini said...

My all time fav tea time snack.. especially on a rainy day!!. Have always been intimidated to try it at home. Hats off to u!. They look fantastic.

Preety said...

Happy valentines Day

Subhashini said...

Very nice snack.

Subhashini said...

Thanks alot for your encoragung words.keep visiting.
love

phanitha said...

wow...thats a lot of hard work...

Padhu said...

Wow! All the pictures look fantastic.I am really amazed at the patience you have. Lot of hard work involved.Pass it on to me.Looks yummy!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Chivda looks great, so can I have the bowl??? ;D Congrats on your awards dear!!!

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Mythreyi Dilip said...

Crunchy, munchy mixture, looks perfect da.....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a great effort! My mom makes very rarely,but I have not tried it so far,looks very tempting!

Gulmohar said...

I just bought besan for making some mixture and here you have your bowl...great minds think alike, rt ...lol...Love to munch on this at any time..your boondis look so perfect .Hope you had a wonderful V day :-)

Subhashini said...

Hi
You have an award in my blog pick it up

simply.food said...

My first time here,wow home made snacks so beautifully captured on camera also.

Usha said...

Mixture looks fantastic and so very tempting...

Viki's Kitchen said...

Really really this post is driving me nuts:) Longing for some good quality mixture since I came here...Thanks for the recipe Vino. I want to fill a big tin with this mixture now. Lovely post and great pictures too. Never gone nostalgic to this extent before....mixture m coffee yum ....ninaikave arumaiya irukku pa:)

Pavithra said...

Wow awesome and beautiful picture dear... boodhi shape has comeout so perfect ... amazing and picture perfect.

Dolly said...

OMG Vinolia, U have made all this from scratch. Hats off to you. Chivda looks awesome and I could eat some right now. My mom made the way you have prepared for Diwali. I always think abt making it but have'nt prepared it ever. Congratulations on ur well earned awards.

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Bravo pour tes prix.
Dans ta recette d'aujourd'hui, je découvre beaucoup de choses que je ne connaissais pas du tout.
Recette à tester.
A bientôt.

Rohini said...

WOW... First of all, hats off to your patience in doing all the stuff.. Some years before mom tried doing mixture at home for diwali and it came out well.. but after the loads of effort, she decided to store-buy them!
Mixture looks so crispy n perfect.. Wish to have them right away.. so can you send me some? :)

Anu said...

First time here.. Yummy, crunchy and delicious mixture dear... Wish to have them right now...

n33ma said...

u have the patience of a saint to make all this........wow looks wonderful,crispy and fresh.

Radhika said...

I really appreciate ur patience in making this chivda. The pics look real cool.

Ramya said...

Yummy mixture..Though its timeconsuming,I love it with a hot cup of filter coffee

Yummy Team said...

Good effort and awesome pics of the crunchy mixture! First time here..Love your recipes!!

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