For people down south, mixture may not be something very different or unique as it gets done for every festival or function at home. A decade ago, one wouldn't think of buying such savories or sweets from Shops, but these days you get everything from the shop. Yet it can't beat the taste like the one homemade one!
Amma is known for her lip smacking mixtures or the South Indian Chivda. The many things that go into it can be variable, yet the constant ones of the mixture makes it such a delicious snack time treat. She always makes this for Deepavali. But this season we couldn't make it. Since I told her that I got to learn this, she said she will make it again.
So I learnt and made and also tried to capture it as essence. This was to be part of my book. But I thought having taken step by step pictures, it would be more beneficial sharing it here.
Lets get the oil hot while we mix the batter ok!
For minimum and better usage of the oil, the ingredients are got to be cooked in the manner specified.
Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Yields : 1 & 1/2 kg of savory mixture app.
Cuisine : South Indian
First lets get the Omapodi ready as explained in the previous post!
Next fry the whole raw peanuts/ groundnuts till golden in colour. Then goes the Fried Gram till done. Fried gram does not take much time. So keep eyes wide open to remove them as soon as you put them in the oil. Cashew nuts are fried followed by this. Wondering where they are?..well they were in the mixture finally..:)
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp chili powder and salt to taste over the fried nuts and mix.
Now comes the mixing part, after all this snack is called the mixture in the South right!
First take the kara boondi in a wide mouth bowl, sprinkle little salt and chili powder. Crush the curry leaves, garlic and mix to the boondi roughly.
Then add the fried nuts. All these can be tossed about when you have a good wide bowl.
Top it with the fried poha..
Then goes the crushed Omapodi or Sev
Now with both hands mix everything together from bottom to top and repeat until you see that everything is mixed well.
Finally check for salt and spice, you will surely need to add some more chili powder. So sprinkle it over the top and repeat the process of mixing together.
I know what you are thinking! No you won't feel the chili at all..
Finally fill up pretty glasses and click pictures of them for posterity!
Now let me recap the recipe in one place!
South Indian Chivda or Savory Mixture / Madras Mixture!
Omapodi as made here.
For making Kara Bhoondi
Besan - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Cooking Soda a pinch
Water for mixing
Other ingredients needed:
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 2 -3 twigs
Whole Cashew nuts - as per wish
Fried gram- 1/4 cup
Beaten Rice / Poha / Attukulu - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - app 1 tsp
Chili powder - 2 -3 tsp (as per taste)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Boondi ladle for making boondi
Kadai / Deep bottom pan for frying
Method to prepare:
For making the Kara Boondi
In a bowl , take the besan, salt, cooking soda and mix well. Add water slowly and mix to get a lump less batter. The consistency of the batter should of pouring one. When you pour a ladle ful of batter, it should fall down freely.
Heat a pan with oil. When it is hot, scoop a ladleful of batter and place the boondi plate or ladle over the hot oil and pour over it. The boondi ladle should not rest on the pan, but gently hover over it. And you can press down the batter, which will fall like drop shaped boondi into the hot oil. Simmer the flame and cook all sides to ensure you get a crispy boondi.
Repeat till you are done with the entire batch.
Wash and pat dry the curry leaves along with the stack. Drop them into hot oil. Ensure you move away as it will sprinkle out oil. Add few crushed garlic along. Fry for a min and remove.
Top over the kara boondi.
Next add the peanuts, fry till it is cooked on all sides. Then goes in the cashew nuts followed by the fried gram. Remove all fried nuts to a kitchen towel and sprinkle chili powder and salt over it.
Finally goes in the beaten rice or poha into the hot oil. This has to be fried last as it tends to leave out black colour to the oil and also tends to absorb more oil. This takes a minute to get cooked. Remove to a napkin/ kitchen towel.
Mixing the Mixture!
Take a wide mouthed bowl, add the kara boondi first, crush the curry leaves and garlic and mix along with the boondi.
Next add the fried nuts, followed by poha, finally with crushed omapodi.
When you are done with mixing with all the ingredients, check for salt and spice. Add more chili powder over it and mix again.
- The batter for the boondi should be very thin and should be cooked very crisp.
- Pat dry the curry leaves before dropping them into hot oil.
- Remember you are adding salt at various stages, so check before you add each time.
- When it becomes cool, store the mixture in a air tight container.
- I suppose the shelf life can be about 10 days but I can't vouch because it never stays for that long at home!