Munching on our favourite snacks should not be a guilt ridden experience. While it is hard to choose healthy snacks, especially considering that they are supposed to be a quick way to satiate the hunger pangs, there are a variety of healthy options to choose from. This is especially true when we are looking for a healthy snacking option to go with our tea.
As per a research published by the journal Advances in Nutrition, snacking on nutritious foods that are high in fiber and protein, helps promote feelings of fullness, which will help you stay energised, and may also decrease the number of calories you consume in a day.
So, to help you make the right snacking choices, we present the recipe for roasted ‘chivda/poha namkeen’, which is both delicious and healthy!
-2 cups thin red or white chivda/poha (flattened rice)
-⅓ cup peanuts
-⅓ cup roasted chana dal (roasted split chickpeas)
-⅓ cup cashews
-¼ cup chopped dry coconut slices (optional)
-2 tbsp raisins
-⅓ cup oil (olive oil preferably)
-10 to 12 curry leaves
-¼ tsp turmeric powder
-¼ tsp chaat masala
-1 tsp salt or add as required
Step 1: Heat a kadai or pan on low flame, and add 2 cups of poha to it. Roast the poha, while gently stirring it. Roast it for 5 minutes or till you see the texture changing to crispy, and colour to slightly golden brown. Now put the poha on a separate plate.
Step 2: Heat the oil in a pan or kadai, and roast the peanuts, raisins, coconut slices, and cashews for up to 10 minutes or till they appear to be crispy.
Step 3: In the same pan or kadai, add poha to the roasted dry fruits. Now, add the curry leaves, turmeric powder, chaat masala, and salt to the pan.
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Step 4: Stir the ingredients for about 5 minutes, and then switch off the flame.
Step 5: Let the ingredients sit for about a minute, and then transfer it to an air-tight container. Your roasted chivda namkeen is ready to be served!
This tasty namkeen is also a great energy booster, as research by Journal of Ethnic Foods finds rice to have the ability to provide fast and instant energy.
Remember to constantly stir the ingredients, to avoid chivda/poha from breaking. A heavy bottom pan or kadai is ideal to make this namkeen, and ensure to not roast the namkeen on a high flame.
So ladies, try this recipe from the comfort of your home, and enjoy this delicious roasted chivda namkeen!