If you are craving for a savoury snack on a rainy evening, but want to avoid all that oily fried stuff, here is the quick fix for your monsoon cravings.

Oil Free Snacks

Chivdas or mixture are quite popular evening snacks and can be made completely oil-free. Try these very easy-to-whip-up chivdas that are not only savoury but also very healthy. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or masala tea.

Poha Chivda/Mixture

Poha chivda or mixture is a healthy savoury that is made oil-free and a quick fix to satisfy your cravings for fried stuff during monsoon. Made with a blend of dal, nuts, seeds and spices, these chivdas’ are a right mix of protein, vitamins and fibre.


2 cup thin poha / beaten rice

¼ cup peanuts

2 tbsp gram dal

10 cashew halves

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 tsp cumin / jeera

2 dried red chilli broken

A pinch of hing / asafoetida

1 sprig curry leaves

¼ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp powdered sugar


Dry roast poha on a medium flame in a pan until it turns crisp or microwave it for 1 minute. Keep it aside.

In the same pan dry roast peanuts, cashews, gram dal, flax seeds one after the other on a low flame and mix with the fried Poha.

In a pan dry roast 1 tsp of jeera, 2 dried red chillies, pinch of hing and curry leaves, sauté well. Add the spices to poha mixture, along with turmeric, salt and a little bit of sugar.

Now mix all the ingredients gently.

Store well in an airtight container for a month.

Nutrition Facts

Poha is super rich in iron and a gluten-free cereal, peanuts are loaded with protein, essential fats and flaxseeds are rich in fibre, protein and omega fatty acids make this chivida super healthy providing you with a broad spectrum of health benefits.

Churmur Masala


2 cups puffed rice/ churmuri

½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp fried peanuts

½ onion finely chopped

½ tomato finely chopped

2 tbsp carrot grated

2 tbsp coriander finely chopped

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp fine sev


Dry roast 2 cups of puffed rice on a low flame until it turns crisp.

Take a large bowl add puffed rice, ½ tsp chilli powder, salt, fried peanuts and mix well so that the spices are coated well.

Now add chopped onions, tomatoes, carrots, coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Mix thoroughly, ensure that puffed rice doesn’t turn soggy.

Garnish with sev and relish the masala churumur.

Nutritional Facts

Churmur masala is an energy dense snack, packed with protein with goodness of essential vitamins and minerals from onions, tomatoes, and carrots that makes this snack nutritious providing you with many health benefits.