Learn to prepare this Indian savory snack called Chivda using rice krispies in just 5 minutes! Vegan Rice Krispie Chivda is easy to make & crunchy to taste.
This recipe was created out of an accidental opportunity! My childhood friend who is now settled in New Jersey visited us along with her kids last week. Her kids love rice krispie cereal and that is why I got a packet for them. Until then, I didn’t even know this product existed. They were here for a week and ended up hardly eating this cereal because I prepared hot breakfast for them everyday which they loved. The result of which was, I was left with a packet full of rice krispie cereal! While leaving, my friend told me that she was sure I would come up with some creative way to use it and now that I have, I did send her a picture of this snack. She surely was impressed with my creation and asked me to make this for them when they visit us next time. Now that the back story behind this dish is done with, let me tell you a bit about my obsession with Chivda – Indian trail mix!
If you have been following a couple of Indian food bloggers on Instagram, then you would know that our feeds are filled with sweet and savory snacks to prepare this Diwali. So for those who don’t know, Diwali is an Indian festival of lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India. It is one of the most important holidays for Indians and is celebrated in a grand way. We like to decorate the house by lighting oil lamps all around, wear new clothes, make, eat & share lots of treats made specially for this day, spend time with family and friends, take blessings of elders and give blessings to those younger and basically everyone just gets together and has a great time. There are fireworks involved too but over the years this has reduced because everyone prefers to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali.
Dry snacks both is sweet and savory variety are made at home not just for the family but in larger quantities to gift friends, extended family and neighbors as well. It is a custom that I still like to follow. We host Diwali party every year and I give each of our guests a gift box filled with goodies. It also has a special ‘Thank You’ note from Cookilicious. I enjoy making these gift boxes for people who matter and there is a whole lot of planning that goes into making the box right from what goodies I should make to what kind of box I should buy. And of course, every year, I try and include snacks that I have never given before. There is always some novelty in it. Like this year, my gift box is going to include Thandai Chocolate Bark, South Indian Sev, Mango Barfi and Cilantro & Fenugreek Crackers. Recipes for all of these will eventually be on the blog. If you are following me, you will know when they go live. These snacks are enjoyed with your evening tea/coffee or if you are like me, it will become your midnight snack!
The recipe to make Rice Krispie Chivda is so easy that you can even ask your older kids to help you. Here is what you need to do. Heat oil in a big deep dish pan or a wok. Once the oil is hot, temper mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they begin to crackle, add sesame seeds, cashews, peanuts and roasted gram. Fry all of this for a minute or till they turn light golden. Next add curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Fry for 45 seconds and then add spices powders like turmeric powder, asafoetida and paprika along with salt. Mix the spice powders with other ingredients and continue to fry for a minute. Lastly add the rice krispies to the pan. Lower the flame and mix it together so that the oil mixture coats the rice flakes well. Turn the flame off. Remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool down completely before storing it in air tight container. This crunchy snack stays good for weeks.
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- 1 packet rice krispie cereal
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2-3 tbsp cashews
- 1/3 cup peanuts
- 1/3 cup roasted gram/daliya
- 10-12 curry leaves
- 7-8 green chillies
- 1 tsp asafoetida
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- salt as required
- Heat oil in a big deep dish pan or a wok. Once the oil is hot, temper mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
- When they begin to crackle, add sesame seeds, cashews, peanuts and roasted gram. Fry all of this for a minute or till they turn light golden.
- Next add curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Fry for 45 seconds.
- Then add spices powders like turmeric powder, asafoetida and paprika along with salt. Mix the spice powders with other ingredients and continue to fry for a minute.
- Lastly add the rice krispies to the pan. Lower the flame and mix it together so that the oil mixture coats the rice flakes well.
- Turn the flame off. Remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool down completely before storing it in air tight container.
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