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South Indian Mixture Recipe

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1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup poha
1/2 cup fried gram dal
2 1/2 cup omapodi
2 1/2 cup boondi
20 cashew nuts — broken into pieces
12 curry leaves
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp asafoetida
1 cup oil for frying

Nutritional information

160 kcal
12 g
3 g
10 g

South Indian Mixture Recipe

    • Easy



    South Indian mixture is one of the most delicious snacks to have with a cup of hot filter coffee indeed! The speciality of this mixture is that not only can it be enjoyed with coffee or tea as a snack, but also with rice-based dishes like puliogare, curd rice, and pulao during lunch time as a tasty side dish. It is traditionally made at home on Diwali and other special occasions to balance out all the sweet dishes made during these festivals. Loaded with crispier elements and flavours from each element complementing one another, this mixture is perfect for your snap crackle and pop moments.

    Health Benefits

    Cashew nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals which improve bone strength, healthy heart, and help maintain a good skin. Peanuts are rich in protein and are good for the heart. In addition to adding flavour, curry leaves help in controlling the blood sugar level, maintaining cholesterol balance, and promoting good eyesight.

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    How to make South Indian Mixture Recipe

    • Heat oil in a pan for frying. Fry the cashew nuts until golden and remove from the pan.
    • Deep fry peanuts until they pop and take them out from the pan. Fry curry leaves and fried gram dal until crisp and remove from the pan.
    • Add poha to the oil and fry until it becomes crisp. Remove poha from the pan. Transfer all the fried ingredients to a large bowl.
    • Add salt, asafoetida, and red chilli powder to the fried ingredients and mix well. Add omapodi and boondi to the bowl.
    • Add sugar to the bowl mixing it well along with the poha and other ingredients.

    Allow the mixture to cool down and then transfer it to an airtight jar for storage. This mixture can be stored for almost a fortnight.


    Did you know that the South Indian mixture has many variants in different regions of South India? Sweet biscuits and fried pieces of dry coconut can be added to give it a sweeter taste, making it a perfect accompaniment to spicy rice dishes. Fried lentils and cornflakes can also be added to make it extra crispy. It is also called by different names in different regions. Some of the commonly used names for this mixture are chivda, spicy Kerala mixture, and Madras mixture.

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