Monday, October 08, 2012

Corn Flakes Chivda (Savory Snack Mix)—Secret Recipe Club

Corn Flakes Chivda 3

Corn Flakes Chivda

It’s October Secret Recipe Club time!

Betcha when Trisha from My Hobbie Lobbie sees the little thumbnail with this photo and title, she’ll know instantly it’s a recipe from her blog! ;)  I had the pleasure of having Trisha’s blog this month.  Trisha’s lives in India and while she has a wide array of things to choose from on her blog, including many American recipes/foods, I wanted to pick something new-to-me and native to India, or at least foreign to America to make. 

After much scouring of her blog, I was torn—Trisha seems to like Nigella Lawson recipes, who is a great chef from London who has had a show on the Food Network and who I’ve always liked.  After seeing a few of her recipes at My Hobbie Lobbie, I decided to try one of her cookies Trisha has posted.

Well, those cookies, Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies that I made after seeing Trisha’s post for them were made here and I LOVE them.  I couldn’t find, after looking on Nigella's website, any negative comments about these.  In fact, all of them that I read were in great praise of how wonderful the cookies are.  I will be posting about them soon!

But before I found and made those cookies, I was preparing to make the Corn Flakes Chivda (Savory Snack Mix) that Trisha posted.  She said it is her husband’s favorite snack.  I like that it seemed different with a mix of spicy, savory and sweet and I love snack mixes. 

I like that at the bottom of the recipe Trisha posted she said, “Please note, snacks like this should be tweaked to your liking.  Feel free to play around with the dry fruits and nuts added as well as the spice, sugar and salt levels.  After you make this once, you’ll have a better idea of what you’d like to do the next time.”

Ahhh, an invitation to do whatever I want with a recipe! ;)  But I actually was intrigued by her recipe and tried to stay true to it as much as I could.  I actually tried to find chana dal (dalia), which are a roasted, split garbanzo beans, more available in India and I couldn’t find them and the price through Amazon was just too much, especially if I didn’t know if we’d even like them.  So instead of using those in this recipe, I used sunflower seeds.  I also couldn’t find curry leaves and was a little confused about the green chilies she has in the recipe.  Are they fresh ones, dried ones and what kind?  So instead of that, I used some ground red pepper.

I prepped all the ingredients, including getting some raw cashews and raw peanuts for this snack mix. 

Corn Flakes Chivda prepAll set.  This snack mix is made in a large skillet with a few of the ingredients added at a time.  The nuts needed roasting (though you can use nuts that are already roasted and then just not roast them in the pan as long) and the mustard seeds needed to toast and pop.  It was a really fun thing to watch.

Corn Flakes Chivda 1Ready for some spices and the corn flakes.

  After a short time with the rest of the ingredients, a little sugar for some sweetness was added.  I must say, the way I made it, it is just a little spicy for me, but not so much so that I couldn’t keep snacking on it.  I really like it.  One of my boys, Taylor, kept snacking on it, too.  I plan to make it again and tone down the spice just a little and I think it will make a great snack time and again.

Corn Flakes Chivda 2Corn Flakes Chivda, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Trisha at My Hobbie Lobbie

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 tablespoons canola oil

pinch of ground red pepper (or to taste)

pinch of curry powder (or to taste)

1/4 cup raw peanuts

1/3 to 1/2 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons raisins (about 20 raisins)

salt, to taste

1 teaspoon tumeric powder

3/4 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)

2 cups corn flakes cereal

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the mustard seeds and stir them around a bit.  Don’t let it get too hot, but when you start hearing them pop, lower the heat to about medium-low.  Add the pinch of ground red pepper and the pinch of curry powder.  Add the peanuts and cashews and let them roast in the pan, stirring it often so they don’t burn.  When they are beginning to brown (3-5 minutes), add the sunflower seeds and stir it around some more until they are toasty as well.  Then add the raisins and stir the mixture in the skillet for about 30 seconds. 

Next add the salt, tumeric, and chili powder and stir well to coat everything.  Add the corn flakes and carefully stir well to coat them with the spice mix.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Let it cool slightly (just a couple minutes), then sprinkle the sugar over it and toss it gently until everything is thoroughly mixed.  Let it cool completely and store in an air tight container, if you didn’t eat it all in one sitting and there is some left. ;)

Corn Flakes Chivda 4

Thanks, Trisha, for the fun snack recipe and I’m glad I got to bake from your blog this month!



Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook said...

This looks fantastic Katrina! I'm always looking for great snacks that I can make GF and this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes said...

Oh this looks so good Katrina, what a fun new recipe to try!
I love that you actually tried to get the ingredients that she used, and your substitutions sound tasty too!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

Oooh this sounds yummy!! Good pick!

Jaida said...

I LOVE snack mixes...this one sounds delicious!!

Lisa~~ said...

This snack mix is calling my name and I know that when I make it, I'll eat way too much, looks delish!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.


Amanda said...

Ohhh! I have soooo many boxes of Corn Flakes you just don't know LOL I have to try this :)

Amanda E said...

Love crunchy snacks and have a feeling wouldn't be an issue switching out the peanuts for a less deadly option :-) Great SRC pick!

Shelby said...

I would definitely try this! I LOVE your photo!

vivisue said...

Ooooooweeee! This looks very good and very up-my-alley! PINNED!

TeaLady said...

Interesting mix for snack mix. And permission to dow what you want wit it. Perfect.

Trisha said...

I'm glad u liked it and yeah these kind of treats are best tweaked to your liking. Sunflower seeds sound like a wonderful substitute for the roasted split chickpeas. As far as the chillies go, i use fresh green chillies (not the very spicy kind) but then again I guess it'll be a bit spicy for folks that aren't used to our level of spice ;)

Unknown said...

You picked an awesome recipe, Katrina. Chivda of any kind is common in our homes, made by grandmoms and Aunts, and a regular snack. This chivda looks amazing, you nailed it.

Although, I must say I'm glad you were confused about the chillies and left them out, since chivda tends to be quite spicy for people that aren't used to the heat of our food (I can't take too much of it either)

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

Thank you! I knew I wanted to make this and you sure made it easy to find a recipe!

This stuff is addictive...and the package I bought is just about right but I do know how easy it is for my Indian friends to burn my tongue with food that they don't even conssder hot so you do have to be judicious with spices. Thanks again!

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