Make ahead meals are so much fun. Now be prepared whenever hunger strikes at odd hours! Try this mason jar dry snack made using kurmura/puffed rice & spices.
A very quick and easy snack to make for those lazy afternoons where you are tempted to hog on to all those unhealthy fried snacks. Try this instead. This snack takes me back to my childhood where during Diwali, every second house was filled with the aroma of this snack in the making. I used to keep checking with my mom on when this chiwda would be ready for me to eat. This is one of the perfect make ahead meals that you can have or make. It’s super quick and easy to prepare, needs very less ingredients and this crispy dry snack is seriously addictive! Don’t tell me later that I didn’t warn you! 🙂
Like I mentioned before, I have always loved eating this kurmura or puffed rice snack. The memories go back a long way. So, it’s a known fact by now that nearly every household makes this dish during Diwali festival. Here is an anecdote for you. Back in Bombay, I used to work for a corporate company as a Human Resource Professional. I did that for 10 long years. WOW now! Anyways, since I had been in this particular multinational for a very long time now, everyone knew me and vice versa. Whenever Diwali came, all my colleagues who had prepared this snack at home, would get me a box filled with it as a gift. By the end of the day, my desk would have a pile of boxes with Kurmura Chiwda in it, only for me. Once my boss saw it and joked that this was their way of probably bribing me for a pay raise! Of course they were just being sweet with no hidden agenda.
With all these boxes of treats, I would easily take my time finishing them off. It would last me a couple of months easily. Coming to the US, I prepare this snack very frequently. This keeps me full between meals and/or it caters to my midnight cravings. I make it a tad spicier because I like it that way. The best thing about this snack is that it can last for many days if stored properly. With minimal cooking required, this is an ideal make ahead snack apart from it being Hurricane food. Yes, that is something I had never thought I would make it for until this week. We had a major hurricane targeting Florida called Matthew. So while we all got busy prepping for it, I also wanted to make some snacks beforehand in case we lose power. Kurmura Chiwda is what came to my mind and that is what I made.
Ok, the recipe is fairly simple. You can even involve your children in preparing it. Dry roast the puffed rice in a pan for 3-4 minutes. Try one to see if it has turned crispy enough. Be careful to not burn it. It’s done then. Take it off the pan. Heat oil in the same pan. Temper mustard seeds. Add green chillies, roasted chana dal/daliya and curry leaves. Fry for a minute. Then add the turmeric powder and salt. Mix and take it off the flame. Now you can mix it all up in a regular mixing bowl. But I wanted to mix it up in a mason jar as it’s more fun this way. Fill the jar with puffed rice/kurmura, add the seasonings, dried cilantro flakes and sev. This is my favorite part, shake the jar and get it all mixed up well.
Now you can make the snack and store it in mason jars. You could carry it with you to work and munch on it between meals. Packing it in mason jars keep the quantity on check. This chiwda snack is crispy, crunchy and very tasty. Just one bowl of this can keep you full for a couple of hours. Store in airtight containers and enjoy it as and when you like it.
If you liked this dish, then you must also check out these healthy dry snack recipes – Chickpea & Edamame Crispies, Moong Dal snack and Sukha bhel. All these are appetizing and can feature under the ‘make ahead meals’ category.
- 2 cups kurmura
- 3 tbsps roasted chana dal
- 3-4 green chillies finely chopped
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- Salt for seasonings
- Mustard seeds for tempering
- 1/2 cup Nylon sev
- 2 tbsp dried cilantro flakes
- Dry roast the puffed rice in a pan for 3-4 minutes. Try one to see if it has turned crispy enough. Be careful to not burn it. It's done then. Take it off the pan. Heat oil in the same pan. Temper mustard seeds. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for a minute. Then add the turmeric powder and salt. Mix and take it off the flame. Now you can mix it all up in a regular mixing bowl. But I wanted to mix it up in a mason jar as it's more fun this way. Fill the jar with puffed rice/kurmura, add the seasonings, dried cilantro flakes and sev. This is my favorite part, shake the jar and get it all mixed up well.
You can added roasted peanuts to this mix as well.
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While I had prepared this snack to help us during the hurricane, thankfully Matthew chose to give us a miss and took on a different route. Sadly not before damaging the whole coast line of Florida. My heart goes out to all those who lost their loved ones, property and so much more. It is just saddening to get a reality check that mother nature still rules us. It tells you to not take the environment lightly and do our bit for the society. Preserve the earth for the coming generations. Sorry about my ranting, we just got out of a horrifying natural disaster and it petrified me. But anyways, coming back to this recipe, I hope you make it not for this reason ever, but just to snack on whenever you feel hungry.
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