- 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
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.
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.
How to make South Indian Mixture Recipe
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.