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Monday, August 9, 2010

~ BAKED OR ROASTED THIN POHA CHEVDA ~


Thin Poha (baked or roasted) with spices makes this delicious chevda an anytime snack. An all time family favorite, traditionally a Maharashtrian recipe ...

INGREDIENTS

12 cups Thin Poha

3/4 cup oil

1 cup garlic (clean, cut in small cubes)

1/2 cup green chillies (loosely packed, cut in round circles)

1/2 cup Chana Dalia (plain or roasted)

1/2 cup Peanuts (plain or roasted)

1/4 cup shredded coconut OR dry coconut cut in thin long slices

1/4 cup curry leaves

1 teaspoon jeera (jeeru)

5 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon hing

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RECIPE

1. BAKE : Preheat oven to 350F. In a pizza plate or baking sheet, add 4 cups Thin Poha, shake spread evenly on the plate.

Bake for 12-14 minutes till Poha turns crisp to the bite (but does not brown)

Remove plate from oven, remove poha on a big dry plate till other batches are baked.

Repeat for the next 2 batches.

OR ROAST : If you do not have an oven, Thin Poha can be dry roasted on medium flame on the gas stirring continously till crisp.

2. TADKA/VAGHAAR : Heat 3/4 cup oil for tadka/vaghaar on medium heat.

Once oil heats, add 1 cup fresh garlic (clean, cut in small cubes)

Once garlic starts turning pink, add 1/2 cup Chana Dalia & 1/2 cup Peanuts (if you are using plain Dalia or Peanuts, if they are already roasted, you can add them later)

Keep stirring, roast Dalia & Peanuts till they are more crisp, pink

Add 1/2 cup green chillies (loosely packed, cut in rounds) Keep stirring.

Add 1 teaspoon jeera & 1/4 teaspoon hing

Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut OR dry coconut cut in thin long slices & 1/4 cup curry leaves

Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, mix all the spices well.

Reduce the flame to low (3/10 gas setting)

Add the baked/roasted Thin Poha, add 5 tablespoons sugar, 4 teaspoons salt & mix the chevda well.

Taste for spices & switch off the gas.

Let the chevda cool down & store in an airtight container.

Serve as an anytime quick snack.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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