How to make Garlic Chiwda -

Crisp chiwda with predominant garlic flavour - A Suger Free Natura Recipe.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Garlic cloves (लहसुन लौंग), Pressed rice (poha) (पोहा)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Garlic Chiwda

Garlic Chiwda Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Garlic Chiwda Recipe

  • Garlic cloves sliced 12-15

  • Pressed rice (poha) 2½-3 cups

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons + for shallow frying

  • Raw peanuts ½ cup

  • Cashewnuts halved ¼ cup

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida ¼ teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Green chillies slit 4

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) slit ¼ cup

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar Free Natura 2 Sachets


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180ºC.

Step 2

Spread½ the pressed rice on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in preheated oven and roast for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Step 3

Dry roast remaining pressed rice in a non-stick pan till crisp. Transfer into a bowl and cool.

Step 4

Heat some oil in a non-stick pan and shallow-fry peanuts and cashewnuts separately till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 5

To make the tempering, heat the same non-stick pan. Add garlic and saute till golden and crisp. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies and mix well.

Step 6

Reduce heat, add split Bengal gram, mix and sauté for one to two minutes. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Open Sugar Free Natura Sachets, add and mix.

Step 7

Add peanuts, cashewnuts and all the pressed rice, mix and cook, stirring, on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Step 8

Serve or store in an airtight container.

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