Poha Chivda


3 servings

Total Time

20-30 mins



What is Poha Chivda?

Chivda is one of the most delightful and commonly consumed Indian snacks. Most Indian households make poha chivda the first meal or breakfast of the day. This staple snack is light on the stomach and amazing in taste. It is also referred to as a pantry snack that goes perfectly well with tea as a side dish or can be eaten as a standalone dish. Whether you are looking for a nice treat for your kids to carry in their tiffins or enjoy a tasteful meal after your workout in the evening, chivda is your best choice. 

Check out the chivda recipe and make it for your family and keep their tastebuds tingling with this savoury snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Poha chivda is basically made up of poha or beaten rice. Although this dish hails from Maharashtra, today, it is prepared and enjoyed all over the country. After being adopted by diverse cultures, it has changed its taste and looks as per the specific region, but its basic recipe has remained the same. It is specially made for important festivals like Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, etc. It is an integral part of the amazing range of snacks served on these special occasions to the guests. There is no need to enjoy chivda only on special occasions. You can make it on any day or time to enjoy and satiate your taste buds. 


  • Main ingredients
  • Flattened or beaten rice- 3 cups

  • Cashew- 1/4th cup

  • Peanuts- 1/4th cup

  • Dry Coconut Flakes- 1/4th cup

  • Almonds- 1/4th cup

  • Raisins- 1/4th cup

  • Dry Mango Powder- ½ Tsp

  • Oil- 1/3 cup

  • Sliced Green Chili- 2 to 3

  • Fennel Seeds- ½ Tsp

  • Additional optional ingredients
  • Dry peas- – ¼ cup

  • Pistacchio- – ¼ cup

  • For garnishing (optional)

  • Julienned Almonds

  • Julienned Cashew

  • Curry leaves


  • It is very easy and fast to make poha chivda. Follow the directions given below to understand how to make chivda.
  • Take a thick-bottomed vessel, preferably made up of steel.
  • Keep it on high flame and add poha to it.
  • Dry roast until poha becomes crispy.
  • Remove poha from the vessel.
  • Add oil to the same vessel and heat it.
  • Once the oil is properly heated, add peanuts to it and keep stirring to roast it nicely.
  • Reduce the flame and keep roasting until the peanuts turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Take out on a plate.
  • Now, roast cashew, almonds, raisins, and dry sliced coconut on low, medium flame. Once done, take them out on a plate. 
  • Add sesame seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves, and green chillis to the leftover oil and roast them for thirty seconds.
  • Allow curry leaves to become crisp.
  • Add all roasted dry fruits and turmeric powder to the mix.
  • Sprinkle black salt, dry mango powder, and chaat masala into the mix.
  • Once all ingredients are properly mixed, add roasted poha along with powdered sugar, salt to taste, and toss all ingredients properly so that all spices blend nicely together. 
  • Your chivda is now ready to be served.

Since poha chivda calories are very low, it is a healthy and nutritional snack for all ages.

How to serve Poha Chivda?

  1. Serve chivda in small bowls.
  2. Garnish with roasted curry leaves and roasted julienned cashew and almonds. 
  3. Your poha chivda is all ready to serve!

Tips for making Poha Chivda like a pro

  • Remember to use a thick-bottomed steel vessel to roast poha. If you are using thick poha, check out the thick chivda recipe. 
  • Roast all the ingredients on a medium flame to avoid over roasting them. If it is over-roasted, it will give a bitter taste to the roasted chivda. 
  • If you are calorie-conscious, you can go easy on the oil and prepare a delectable serving of diet chivda. 
  • When making fried poha chivda, use good-quality oil to make it a healthier and nutritious snack option. 
  • When stirring poha in the vessel, toss it with light hands instead of stirring too much. This way, the chances of thin poha getting broken reduces to a minimum.
  • If you wish to store thin poha chivda, allow it to cool to normal room temperature and then store it in an airtight container. 
  • You can also check out the nylon poha chivda recipe or use the one given above for a delectable snack to mark a special occasion.


  • ·How many calories does Poha Chivda have?

One cup of poha chivda gives 330 calories. You can reduce the calories further by reducing oil for roasting dry fruits. You can use just a small spoon of oil to roast dry fruits, although it may take some more time than usual. 

  • Can poha chivda help me in my weight loss journey?

Yes, the roasted chivda recipe can help reduce weight as it packs 70 percent good carbs and 30 percent fat. It gives you a fuller feeling, reducing your food intake. Adding curry leaves to the recipe is a great idea as it enhances the flavour of the dish while keeping cholesterol levels in check. 

  • Can I follow this Poha Chivda recipe?

Yes, you can follow this simple to use roasted chivda recipe and make delectable chivda. It is easy to make and takes hardly 20-25 times to get it ready. 


Use this dry chivda recipe to make the tastiest and healthiest chivda and serve it to your guests with a  flourish. There is no need to wait for special occasions to try and make this snack. Make it any day at any time and have a good munch while watching movies with the family or while engaged in sports or just having a gossip session. This recipe is also perfect for all seasons, so there is no constraint as to which time of the year is best to enjoy this dish.