Cornflakes Chivda | Cornflakes Mixture | Makai Chivda

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Next time you’re sitting with that bowl of cornflakes and milk for your breakfast, think more of what all you can do with cornflakes. And if you don’t really want to stress on your brain, here’s an easy-peasy, crunchy-munchy and scrumptious recipe of Cornflakes Chivda, that literally gets done within half an hour. Subtly spiced and nutty, this recipe of Makai Chivda is vegan as well as naturally gluten free. This cornflakes mixture makes for a lovely Diwali snack, when you want to make something different than the usual.

cornflakes chivda served in a white plate with a plate of murukku kept on the left side.

Today I made these crisp makai chivda and also managed to take step by step pics. The recipe is easy to prepare.

Chivda is a deep fried savory mixture consisting of many ingredients. These include dry fruits as well as spices.

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Here I have used the variety of dried yellow colored cornflakes. These are deep fried to make the chivda. They are also known as Corn poha or makai poha. You get them easily in the Indian grocery shops.

These are not the ready to eat cereal cornflakes. You can make this chivda, with the ready to eat cornflakes too. In this case you just need to lightly roast the cornflakes in a bit of oil. The dry fruits can also be roasted with some oil or without oil.

Tips for making cornflakes mixture

  • This is a sweet and savory makai chivda. You can alter the spices as per your liking.
  • When making chivda with poha or cornflakes or grated potatoes, always use a fine sieve ladle. In Indian markets we get these sieve with a handle and they are very helpful for frying ingredients which have small pieces or flakes. Just one equipment makes the frying process easy and a breeze. So you don’t waste time and energy trying to find out the corn flakes in the oil.
  • This cooking process requires a bit of planning. So keep all the ingredients ready.
  • Also line one large tray or two to three plates or bowls with paper towels.
  • The frying sieve ladle should be dry and so the ingredients. You will be frying everything one after the other, so the prep works helps and is efficient too.

Cornflakes mixture also can be served plain as a snack or with some chai.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Cornflakes Chivda

1. First measure and take all the ingredients and keep them in individual bowls or plates. 

Heat oil till its moderately hot in a kadai. Take about 1/3 cup of the cornflakes in the sieve. Immerse the fine sieve ladle in the hot oil.

makai poha or cornflakes

2. Fry the cornflakes, stirring with a spoon, till they expand, becomes golden & crisp. Don’t brown the cornflakes.

frying cornflakes

3. Shake the ladle to remove excess oil. Drain the cornflakes on a plate lined with kitchen paper towel. Fry the rest of the cornflakes in the same way.

golden & fried cornflakes

4. Add the peanuts to the sieve ladle.

adding peanuts

5. Fry them in the same way, stirring with a spoon, till they are crisp and crunchy.

frying peanuts for cornflakes chivda recipe

6. Remove and place the peanuts on the kitchen paper towel.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

7. Now add cashews to the sieve ladle.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

9. In a similar way, fry the cashews.

frying cashews for cornflakes chivda

10. Just fry the cashews till golden. Avoid over browning.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

11. Remove and drain the cashews on the kitchen paper towel.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

11. Next add the raisins.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

12. Fry them till they become plump and swell. Don’t fry more as they become dense and chewy.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

13. Drain the raisins too.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

14. Fry the curry leaves for a few seconds. Then place them too on the paper towel.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

Making cornflakes mixture

15. When the mixture is still hot, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, powdered sugar and salt as required. Stir well.

making cornflakes chivda recipe

16. Mix the sugar, salt and spices very well with the rest of the ingredients with a spoon, taking care not to break the crisp cornflakes. 

Check the taste and add more of the salt or powdered sugar if required.

mixing cornflakes chivda

17. Once the makai chivda mixture is cooled, then store it in an airtight container or jar.

cornflakes chivda recipe

18. Serve cornflakes chivda whenever required as a tea time snack.

cornflakes chivda recipe, makai chivda recipe

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Cornflakes Chivda | Cornflakes Mixture

Cornflakes chivda is a crisp, crunchy, sweet & savory fried mixture made with corn flakes, dry fruits and spices.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 1 medium jar
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried cornflakes (makai poha) – not the ready to eat cereal variety
  • cup peanuts
  • cup cashews
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon roasted chana dal (roasted bengal gram) – optional
  • 3 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • ½ tablespoon powdered sugar or as required
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • fine salt or powdered salt as required – you can add the regular kind of salt, but not sea salt crystals.
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions
 

preparation for cornflakes chivda

  • First measure and take all the ingredients and keep them in individual bowls or plates. 
  • Heat oil till its moderately hot in a kadai. 

frying cornflakes chivda ingredients

  • Take about 1/3 cup of the corn flakes in the sieve. Immerse the fine sieve ladle in the hot oil.
  • Fry the cornflakes, stirring with a spoon, till they expand, become golden & crisp. Don’t brown the corn flakes.
  • Shake the ladle to remove excell oil. Drain the corn flakes on a plate lined with kitchen paper towel. Fry the rest of the corn flakes in the same way.
  • Add the peanuts to the sieve ladle
  • Fry them in the same way, stirring with a spoon, till they are crisp and crunchy.
  • Remove and place the peanuts on the kitchen paper towel.
  • Now add cashews to the to the sieve ladle.
  • In a similar way, fry the cashews till golden.
  • Remove and drain the cashews on the kitchen paper towel.
  • If using roasted chana dal, then fry too them this way.
  • Next add the raisins. Fry them till they become plump & swell. Don’t fry more as they become dense and chewy.
  • Drain the raisins too. Fry the curry leaves for a few seconds. Then place them too on the paper towel.

making cornflakes chivda

  • When the mixture is still hot, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, powdered sugar and salt. Stir well.
  • Mix the powdered sugar, salt and spices very well with the rest of the ingredients with a spoon, taking care not to break the crisp corn flakes. Check the taste and add more of the salt or powdered sugar if required.
  • Once the cornflakes chivda mixture is cooled, then store in an airtight container or jar.
  • Serve cornflakes mixture whenever required as a tea time snack.

Notes

  • This recipe can be scaled easily.

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This Cornflakes Chivda post from the blog archives, first published in October 2014 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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  1. Hi Dassana..I made this using kellogys, in airfryer ..it came out good…thank u for the recipe…I baked at 180 for four to fiv min….mixed everything n drizzled some oil…I should have mixed dry fruits later….groundnut n corn takes same time…5 stars

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