July 05, 2022

Patal Poha Chivda / पातळ पोहा चिवडा - vegan snack (low fat)

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 Chiwda is a traditional Maharashtrian snack made during Diwali alongwith the various other snacks. 

Patal Poha chivda is prepared using thin paper variety rice flakes and very easy to make. Hardly uses a few spoons of oil ,making it a healthy choice to indulge.  A perfect snack to compliment a hot glass of coffee or tea . You can make this anytime during the year and store it in an airtight container.  Stays good for almost 10 days. 

Patal poha chivda is made by dry roasting the poha and is seasoned with mild spices and garnished with lots of roasted groundnuts, roasted gram and even cashew nuts .

Having grown up with a lot of Maharashtrian friends around this snack was a regular feature at home and even now I make it frequently but somehow it never made it to the blog .

This time when Poonam suggested Maharashtrian cuisine for our Shhh cooking secretly group,  I planned to make this chiwda with the secret ingredients Green chilli and roasted gram given to me by Aruna and she prepared Khamang kakdi - healthy cucumber salad using the secret ingredients peanut and mustard that I gave her . Poonam's Shakkarpaare is my next in list for 4pm snack. 

Some traditional Maharashtrian snacks from my blog for you all to enjoy 

Cornflakes Chiwda 

Poha Chiwda

Sabudana Chiwda

Thikhat Shankarpaali

Kothimbir Wadi 

Sabudana Wada

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 10 mins
Complexity - easy 
Serves - 3 to 4


3 cups thin rice flakes /patla poha
1/2 cup groundnuts 
1/4 roasted gram (chutney dal)
2 to 3 green chillies finely chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp powdered sugar 
Handful fresh curry leaves 
2 tbsp oil 
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt as needed 


  • Firstly sieve the poha through a sieve.This step is optional ,you may do this if you find many small powdery  rice flakes in your packet.
  • Heat a thick bottomed pan and dry roast the poha/rice flakes until they turn crispy . If you crush it with your fingers the poha must crumble easily . At this stage ,transfer the roasted poha to a plate .set aside 
  • In the same pan,heat the oil and fry the ground nuts followed by roasted gram,green chillies and curry leaves one after another until they turn crisp. 
  • Add the asafoetida, turmeric powder ,salt and the roasted poha . Toss it gently with a wooden ladle and mix all the ingredients well . Do this on low flame. Turn off the flame and add the powdered sugar in the end and  mix it all gently .
  • Let the chivda cool down for a while ,then transfer it to an airtight container and store away from moisture .


  1. Patal Poha Chivda is my all time favourite snack..So very delicious and a healthy light munching snack for all ages !

  2. This chivda is a huge favourite at our place! It's crispy and delicious, easy to make, and needs very little oil too. 🙂

  3. Poha is one of my favorite snack. I love it and must during Diwali or special occasions. I love the way you have prepared, looks tempting

  4. Patal poha chivda is our favorite snack. I love the sweetness with the added sugar and have tasted this version from our friends. I make it in our style but now that you have convinced me with an amazing recipe, I am going to try this version of chivda.

  5. Patal poha chivda looks very crispy and tasty, one of our family's favorite snack. We love to carry it for long journeys without fail, like the sweet taste in chivda.

  6. Pohe chivda certainly comes handy on busy day. WE keep a small bottle of these jarsnacks as a quick tea time pick up.

  7. Just love the way you have prepared here....
    Pohe chivda looks so so tempting

  8. Beautifully made poha chivda! It is my favourite snack and I can live on it! You have made it perfectly.

  9. Such an easy and quick snack for kids which can be made easily. Looks so crunchy and perfect for evening snacks.

  10. Patal poha chiwda is an all time favourite snack. It is so addictive and healthy to munch.. your chiwda looks so crisp and crunchy. - Preethi


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