Leftover Chapati Poha/Puffed Rice is a great way to use leftover chapatis/roti. Cooked like regular poha, this tasty appetizer is crispy, crunchy & flavorful.
I am a huge fan of dry snacks. And specially if it uses leftovers then that takes it up by a notch. I didn’t know about this wonderful recipe until few days ago. This dish is a regular at my childhood friend’s house but I never ever tasted it surprisingly. Given that I have literally lived in their house, somehow this snack seems to have missed my attention. I had called her the other day to chat and also hear her wonderful kids voices. Kids say the most wonderful things. Her son was telling me about his school and stuff, then I told him that he needs to listen to his parents and not trouble them. I added that he needs to take care of my bestie. That is when he responded with something which melted my heart. He said, “Oh, you’re my mom’s bestie? I thought you were real sisters.” Awwwww! That is how deeply we are connected. I and her are equally emotional people and can cry at the drop of a hat when it’s about our family. Been closest friends and neighbors ever since we can remember. That is why her kid thought that we are sisters and not friends.
Anyways, after the awwws and oohhs, when we finally got to talk to each other, I asked her what she had made for dinner that day. She replied telling me that it was nothing fancy that I could put on my blog (Ya, all my friends know me too well!). She told me that she had made Chapati Poha/Puffed Rice using leftover chapati. Wow, that sounded great! I needed that recipe right then. It’s funny sometimes how one gets a recipe idea from just a casual chat. Sharing her home recipe with all of you. Take leftover chapatis, tear them roughly and put them in the grinder. Blitz them coarsely. In a pan, heat oil. Temper mustard seeds, then add urad dal, green chillies, curry leaves and baby onions. Fry them all together for 2-3 minutes.
Serve it immediately as is or with some pickle or yogurt. This is truly the best way I have enjoyed a chapati. Who knew leftover recipes can be so much fun! This snack is little dry, crispy and crunchy apart from being tangy and spicy. Love it!
The best part about this snack is that, you can have it for breakfast, evening snack or as main course too. I had it for lunch and it did me full justice. Leftover chapatis works best but you can use fresh ones too. I used the frozen chapatis, cooked them on the tawa and then crushed them. Normally in Indian homes, we eat a lot of chapati which is made from whole wheat flour. It’s an Indian bread and is served with any curry or gravy dish. While they are made for the whole family, typically by the end of the day, there are some leftovers. This recipe comes to the rescue in such cases. Loved by all ages, this snack is definitely worth a try.
Leftover Chapati Poha/Puffed Rice
- 6-7 leftover chapatis
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp urad dal
- 2-3 green chillies
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1 cup chopped baby onions/regular onion
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- Salt as required
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Take leftover chapatis, tear them roughly and put them in the grinder. Blitz them coarsely. In a pan, heat oil. Temper mustard seeds, then add urad dal, green chillies, curry leaves and baby onions. Fry them all together for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add turmeric powder and salt and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the chapati pieces. Give it a good mix and saute it for 2 more minutes. Garnish it with cilantro and lime juice.
- Serve it immediately.
Add roasted peanuts and peas if you like the taste.
You can also tear the chapati if you do not wish to coarsely grind them.
Fan of such dry snacks? Then you must also check out Moong Dal snack, Chickpea & Edamame Crispies, Sukha bhel and Kurmura Chiwda recipes. I am sure you will love them too. These snacks can also be packed in lunch boxes. Make it less spicy for the kids. I am sure they will love it, unaware that its made of leftover chapatis! Best way to camouflage a less favorite ingredient for kids and adult fussy eaters as well. 🙂
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