July 11, 2014

Microwave Poha Chivda | Guilt free snack

4-5 pm is where most diets go for a toss, even if you eat healthy through the day. Fruits may not be appealing most of the while, and time may not permit you to have a full snack / tiffin especially if you are working. For those who are at home - Puli Aval or Gojjavalakki (Tamarind Poha Upma) , corn chaat, masoor salad, Fruit Chaat may be made instantly. Today's dish - Microwave Poha Chiwda (guilt free flattened rice snack) help quell those hunger pangs - whether you are at home or working. Poha (or Aval in Tamil / Avalakki in Kannada) is rich in fortified calcium and B12 making it an easy way to absorb those vitamins. We make Curry leaf Poha Upma regularly for breakfast.

As with most people I used the Microwave initially to just reheat food or steam veggies, till I started using it more efficiently. I have another Poha Chivda recipe(deep fried version)..

In this dish, the thicker Poha is used (you may use thin variety also, but the taste greatly varies). I have followed Madhura's recipe to make this. It doesnt consume too much oil. The copra and peanuts are optional, but adds to the crunch - dont skip it.

Make a large batch of this, and you can find yourself digging into it more often than you think. Also sending this dish to BM # 42 under quick tiffins and my own event - Calcium rich recipes hosted by PJ. 

Prep time : 15 min | Microwave time : 10 mins (depends on the model) 
Makes : Approx 200 gm of Chiwda
Skill level : Beginners
Cuisine : Snack, Indian

  • Thick Poha - 2 cup
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, Hing, Turmeric powder, Red chillies Curry leaves
  • Peanuts-  2 fistfuls
  • Salt - to taste
  • Copra - grated or thinly sliced
  • Optional add-ons : Daliya (fried gram), powdered Sugar, Jeera, Green chillies, Chilli powder

In a microwave safe bowl, heat oil for 2 mins, add mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and micro for 1.5 mins in spurts.
Add peanuts and micro for 3 mins, stirring after every minute.
Add hing, Turmeric powder and again microwave for 1 more minute
Add grated copra and micro for 30 secs (take care not to burn the copra)
Now add Poha , mix well and micro for 3 more mins in a gap of every 1 minute, stir well and micro again.
Once done, cool slightly, add salt, spices and sugar (if using, I added a tsp of powdered sugar)
Toss well, and store in an airtight container.


  1. Quick and excellent snacks to munch without any guilt, love to finish that bowl.

  2. Healthy snack and microwave recipe sounds nice.

  3. I wish I could munch on this chivda now..perfect time to munch..like the addition of coconut.

  4. Making it in the Microwave sounds fast and easy! I should try this sometime!

  5. Those poha have turned out so well..good snack!

  6. I will try it for sure , looks easy to prepare and guilt free snack,to munch on...

  7. This is so tempting! Perfect for those hunger waves in the evenings :)

  8. Simple & yummy dish..

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