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Chivra (Indian Snack Mix)
From: Sandi (From CA)

Hot spicy snacks are very popular in India. The variety is unlimited. Chivra is enjoyed as a snack any time of the day and is usually spicy hot. Here is a quick and easy version using several available cereals. Makes 8 (1/2 cup each) servings.


  • 1 1/2 cups corn flakes
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup puffed corn cereal
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup mixed nut
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon mango powder

Combine the cereals and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds to the hot oil and cover with a lid to avoid splattering. Fry until the mustard seeds stop popping, a few seconds.

Reduce heat to low. Add the cereal mix and stir well.

Add the nuts, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and mango powder. Roast, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove from the heat and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.