February 18, 2014

Savory Poha Granola (Mixture)

Looking for a quick'n'healthy mid-day snack which is wholesome, tasty and easy to put together? Here is one. This is a healthier variation of the 'spicy mixture' which is a common Indian savory snack. With pumpkin and sesame seeds, coconut and whole grain poha/aval, this is a wholesome mix of good carb, protein and good fat. This can also be made in big batches and served as breakfast, serve it as is, or like granola along with some homemade yogurt.

  • Poha/Aval/Beaten rice  - 3 cups (I used brown thin poha)
  • Cocconut oil - 2 Tbs
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sea salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing/kayam) - a pinch
  • Carrom seeds (ajwain/omam) - 1 tsp (crushed coarsely)
  • Green chilly - 1 (Slit into half) 
  • Pumpkin seeds - 1/2 cup
  • Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Dried shredded coconut - 1 cup

  • Heat coconut oil on a pan on medium heat. Add salt and all the spices and stir till the spices are mixed well with the oil, for about 2 minutes. You can reduce the heat to low and take care not to burn the spices.
  • Add the pumpkin seeds and keep stirring till they are slightly toasted.
  • Add the sesame seeds and Poha and keep stirring so that everything is coated well on poha.
  • Once poha is crisp enough add shredded coconut and remove from flame.
  • Let it cool completely and store in an air tight container.


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