One of the most popular and delicious savoury snacks, Fried Thick Poha Chivda is super tasty and tongue-tickling and not so complicated to prepare. This crunchy and aromatic chevdo is prepared with thick flattened or beaten rice (Poha), assorted nuts and tossed in basic spices. Generally, chevdo is prepared during the festivals such as Diwali or Holi, many consume throughout the year too.

Poha Chevdo or Chivda is a very popular diwali snack which is savoury and prepared with beaten rice , nuts and basic spices.

Poha Chevdo or Chivda is a very popular diwali snack which is savoury and prepared with beaten rice , nuts and basic spices.

Poha Chevdo or Chivda is a very popular diwali snack which is savoury and prepared with beaten rice , nuts and basic spices.

Poha Chevdo / Chivda can be made with two types of Poha, thick or thin, for deep fried Chevdo you must use thick Poha, my mum always used thick poha.

In my grandma's recipe, she never added any fancy ingredients such as cashew, almonds, raisins, cinnamon or cloves, but I have put a cinnamon stick, raisins and a few almonds for the photographic purpose only.

This recipe can be changed a little according to your taste, you can increase or decrease spiciness of this dish or add any other nuts too.

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Fried thick poha chivda, Fried chivda with thick poha
Yield: 10-12 servings 100g each



Poha Chevdo is a popular savoury snack that is prepared with beaten rice, nuts, and basic spices.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 1 kg thick poha - Beaten Rice)
  • Oil to deep fry
  • 300g raw peanuts
  • 3-4 green chillies round cut
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. red chilli Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric Powder 
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • Big Pinch citric acid powder 
  • 2 Whole dry red chillies



  1. First, clean the poha properly. 
  2. In a bowl mix both red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, sugar and citric powder and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai on medium heat and fry poha using a big sieve. 
  4. Don't add all the poha at once.
  5. Remove the fried poha in a big plate.
  6. Now fry peanuts, then lower the heat and fry green chillies and curry leaves.
  7. Mix everything in a big plate and add the spice mix little by little into the fried poha mix while the mixture is still warm.
  8. Once you achieved the right taste and colour of the chevdo, stop adding the spice mixture.
  9. Gently keep mixing the chevdo for a while so all the flavours reach through fried poha.
  10. Let the chevdo cool completely.
  11. Once it cooled store in an airtight container.
  12. Serve with a cup of masala chai, juices or on its own.
  13. Enjoy!


This recipe can be changed a little according to your taste, you can increase or decrease spiciness of this dish or add any other nuts too.

You may add thin slices of dried coconut.
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  1. Mum's are the best n the holes they leave when they go is never filled. I am sure your mum guided you as you tried the chivda. Looks yum. I can't make a decent chivda in my life.

    1. You are so right Archana! That was my problem too, but after so many trials and errors I can, so I am sure you can too :)

  2. This one is my favourite.. and so addictive.
    I used to make at home in large quantity when I living in Lagos as we never got anything Indian in the market.

  3. I love Chiwda. They go so well with a cup of masala chai. Your shots are gorgeous.

  4. This one is an easy-to-make and addictive snack. Lovely clicks :)

  5. If i make this poha chevdo, i wont keep myself away from them, dangerously addictive they are, a prefect evening snack to munch with a cup of masala chai. Thanks Jags for adding my chiwda link dear.

  6. I always like your pictures, these are drooling! I like Chivida too, my mom makes it often during rainy season:)

  7. I loved reading your post Jagruti. So emotional and a perfect dedication for Mothers day. This snack is so addictive and can't my eyes off my your gorgeous and tempting clicks !

  8. My only fear of trying this is the deep frying, but I know if it is made, it will fly off the kitchen countertop! Amazing clicks...

  9. I remember trying this poha chevdo at a friend's house. It looks totally irresistible and I am in love with that rustic teapot.

  10. Crispy Poha is a very good friend for us for any time of the day and it saves us on unexpected guest visit. Amazing clicks as usual. Tum ek normal chewda Ko bhi itna fancy banana hi lete ho.

  11. Chiwda is our favourite.. this poha chiwda is instant and easy to make..

  12. Moms are always the best. So glad to know about your mom.Looking at this chivda i feel so nostalgic.It brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood when this roasted chivda was a regular evening snack at my place. Your photography makes it look more stunning.

  13. I am actually fan of your write up . Beautiful it is. Chivda looks great. Love this yummy snack. Must on Diwali

  14. This is a fav snack at my place, i can munch throughout the day 😋

  15. love deep fried version of chivda. childhood favorite for sure :)

  16. Poha Chivda is so addictive. that too with chai make me hungry now.. Love your pic composition..

  17. I love the sweet and tangy taste of this chevdo. I hope you have made enough to share. :) I love recipes that bring back childhood memories.

  18. Firstly got very emotional reading about your mom. You need such strong pillars only then you grow stronger and wiser as you grow older and learn a lot from the mistakes. Not to forget, makes you extremely mature suddenly. More power to strong independent girls like us. Your moms recipe rocks and you have beautifully styled and photographed it. My Mom always believed in eating fried snacks as well as having a healthy lifestyle. I on the other hand tend to get lazy with the exercise schedule.

  19. This is addictive snack, love binging with tea. Mothers are special and this is a nice tribute to your mom Jagruti.

  20. Beautiful post Jagruthi -- very emotional and touching. Moms have a special knack of turning even simple everyday dishes into something exceptional and delicious. Your poha chevdo looks so inviting -- my husband will be a happy man if I make this for him :-)

  21. Very beautifully written post Jagruthi! I always feel the dishes made by mom is simple with minimal ingredients yet they taste out of the world and is the best comfort food! This chivdo looks like a great snack for kids.

  22. Love this snack, especially when it's mom's recipe. Even if they cook with simple ingredients, they turned to be the yummiest dish.

  23. loved reading about your mom. Even my mom never cooked fancy stuff,very simple. But that time we loved that too.Moreoevr kids expectation was also not like today's :P.

    Coming to the recipe preapared this chivda so atsefully. I put all those ingredients which you added for photograph. Will make one soon.

  24. Your Poha chevda looks delicious with so many nuts added to it. I think our mums used the most natural products and served it with lots of love and that's why whatever they made was good.


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