Panch Ratna Chevdo / Chevro or Chivda

Rich and scrumptious Sweets are very centric to Diwali, and one of the most kind of food served during the celebrations. Along with sweet dishes, savoury dishes equally popular too. Once you had sickly sweet Indian delicacies, tastebuds demands something ( chatpata ) tangy and spicy.

It's hard to imagine Diwali without Chevdo or Chevro in a Gujarati household, It's a tradition ! Whether diwali or not Gujaratis are known to munch away the various kind of chevda throughout the year, especially they love to have with Masala chai. But we don't, Only on diwali I make one type of chevdo.

Chevdo tastes delicious either way fried or non fried, I like both. Because we are celebrating festivities I have prepared an elaborate preparation of the chevdo by adding nuts, dry fruits and Spinach and Beetroot Masala Boondi. Chevdo looks so colourful and tasty too. I thoroughly enjoyed making it,It's tastes awesome and definitely I'll become once again a proper Gujju and will munch away my Panch Ratna Chevdo with cup of chai.

You will need :-

  • 1/2 cup Spinach and Beetroot Masala Boondi
  • 250 g thin poha 
  • 25 ml oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida 
  • 1 tsp. white poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. whole coriander seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 1 green chilly chopped
  • 10-12 Curry leaves ( fresh )
  • 2 cloves
  • 1" cinnamon bark
  • 1/2 cup nuts ( cashews, almonds )
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 3-4 tbsp. dariya ( roasted chana daal )
  • 3-4 tbsp sultanas or raisins 
  • 3-4 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Pinch Limbu na phool ( citric acid ) powdered

Method :-
Preheat oven to gas mark 4.
Clean poha, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. after 5-6 minutes gently mix the poha and switch the sides of baking sheet so poha bakes evenly.
Once poha gets crunchy and crispy, remove from the oven and transfer in a big bowl or pan.
In the baking tray, now add cashews, almonds and coconut flakes.
Bake for 3-4 minutes, make sure coconut flakes does not get too much brown, if necessary take it out before nuts.
Now prepare vaghar ( tempering ) by heating oil in a big kadai.
Add peanuts and fry on a very low heat. Remove and add to baked poha.
Add mustard seeds, once they crackle add cumin seeds and add hing ( asafoetida ).
Now add red chillies, green chillies and curry leaves.
Then add cloves, cinnamon, whole coriander seeds, poppy seeds and roasted daria.
Fry few seconds, then add turmeric powder and add baked poha.
Start mixing very gently, add roasted nuts, coconut flakes and raisins.
Keep mixing and add salt and sugar.
Keep roasting chevdo mix for another 3-4 minutes.
Turn the heat off, add very little limbu na phool and keep mixing chevdo for another 2-3 minutes.
Once it's cool down, add  Spinach and Beetroot Masala Boondi.
Store in a airtight container.
Enjoy with a cuppa !

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  1. Looks so colorful! I liked that you baked the poha instead of frying and your photography is amazing!

  2. Woooowwww amazing captures.. loved the healthy version of chevda.. so delicious

  3. Lovely recipe along with stunning photography

  4. Crunchy and healthy snack idea.. awesome pics as always.

  5. Next time I will surely make this variety. Looks tasty.

  6. I'd like to try this chivda, love the variation and it looks so colorful! Lovely photos :)

  7. Like to munch on with cup of masala chai! Pictures are very good:)

  8. Perfectly made, much tempted to give a try👌

  9. Love all your props. Very ornamental and unique. Great recipe.

  10. Very interesting recipe!! Never tried this chivda and now I am eager to make and taste it :)


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