Whenever I look back in my early years, I feel that the rainy season is that period when all of the children used to wait for and during that time it was not frowned upon. During those days the moment we heard the first drops of rain, we all rushed out to feel the 1st drops in our faces and the smell of the freshly soaked soil was simply irresistible. We were not stopped by our parents that you would catch a cold. So coming back to culinary tastes during that period, one snack that is embedded in my mind is Chiwda/Chide bhaja.
Literally Chide is a flattened rice and bhaja means fry. This mixed with peanuts used to be the one which we craved for once we are back home during evening. The sound of us munching these crispy snack mixed with the background sound of the rainfall on the asbestos roofs of our garage used to be an astounding experience. So instead of the rain part, presenting this snack for all your viewing and feedback.
200 gms Chire / Flattened Rice
2 tbsp Coconut flakes
3 tbsp Peanuts
2 tbsp Chana Dal /Split Chickpeas
1 tbsp Mustard seeds
1/4 cup Chanachor (Mixed Bhujia)
2 Dried Red Chillies
1 sprig Curry leaves
Salt to taste
2 tbsp White oil
Heat oil in a wok on low heat fry peanuts and coconut slices. Keep aside. Now in the same oil fry chana dal till light brown and keep aside.
Add Mustard seeds and let them crackle. Immediately add dried red chillies, curry leaves and add beaten rice flakes and fry on high flame. Sprinkle turmeric rice and salt to it.
Remember to stir continuously or else you will end up with burnt rice flakes. Keep stirring it for 5-6 minutes or until you get nice aroma. Rice flakes will look crispy, now add the fried chana, chanachor / mixed bhujia, peanuts and coconut slices.
Remove from heat and let it cool down. Later keep it in an air tight container. Enjoy freshly made chire bhaja and the rains ! I served my crispy chire bhaja with lemon tea to Ma.