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11 March, 2016

Millet Chivda – A Quick Whole-grain Savory Snack and Co-hosting Fiesta Friday #110

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Yay, it’s Friday again! And guess what, it is a special friday for me, because I’m co-hosting Fiesta Fridays for the first time! Have you heard about it yet? Fiesta Fridays is a party started by the super awesome Angie 2 years ago, to bring bloggers together. It is a place where bloggers from all over the world link up their posts, interact with each other and make friends. I have been part of this for a long time, and decided to take the big step in actually co-hosting it this week. I have been so busy trying to get the right outfit to wear and be on time to receive guests at Angie’s place. Thankfully, there’s Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook with me, a long-time co-host and an excellent party girl. She is actually the opposite of what her blog name suggests. Do check out her blog and you’ll know what I mean!

Why is it great to join blogger’s parties? It gives one more exposure, and is a great place to make friends. Most of my blogging buddies are those that I have met through Fiesta Fridays.  If you are a new blogger, this is the time to check it out! Here is the link to this week’s Fiesta Fridays #110.

Check out the Fiesta Friday Guidelines here. Every post linked up needs to link back to the Fiesta Friday post and  co-hosts’ blogs as well. 


This week I decided to bring a super easy, but tasty Indian snack called chivda. Chivda is traditionally made with poha or flattened rice, but I wanted to give it a whole grain spin with millet. I made this one with whole grain puffed millet, that is shown below (I got this packet at Whole Foods).


You can put this snack together in 10 minutes flat! Try it out for your kids today when they get back from school, and they will be excited! This is a perfect recipe for the Indian festival of Holi as well, sure to be please a party crowd. Taking this easy snack to Sonal’s Holi collective post. Check out her blog for healthy delicious recipes!


Millet Chivda

  • Servings: about 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Puffed millet- 2 cups

sliced cashews- a handful

pecan halves- a handful

raisins- 3 tbsp.

cranberries- 2 tbsp.

turmeric powder- a pinch

asafoetida powder- a pinch

cumin seeds- 1 tsp.

whole red chilly- 1

salt- to taste

curry leaves- a few

mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp. (optional)

coconut oil- 1 tsp.


1. Heat coconut oil in a flat saucepan, and add mustard seeds, whole chilly, asafoetida powder to it. 

2. When the mustard seeds pop, add cashew and pecan halves. When they turn brown, add curry leaves, turmeric powder, cumin seeds.

3. Lastly, add the puffed millet, give it a good stir and turn off the heat. Throw in the cranberries and let it sit.

4. Enjoy warm or store in an airtight container.

Happy partying at Fiesta Fridays everybody! Hope to see you there!


26 thoughts on : Millet Chivda – A Quick Whole-grain Savory Snack and Co-hosting Fiesta Friday #110

  • March 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Wow.. This is so cool. Will check out the puffed millet in whole foods this weekend. Between is the puffed fox tail millet?

    • apsara
      March 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Sri, thank you, dear! I alos wondered what kind of millet this is. It does not specify, so I’m assuming it is bajra.

  • March 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    What a tasty snack Apsara, I love the idea of adding cranberries. I bet it’s delicious warm or cold. Thanks for co hosting Fiesta Friday, hope you enjoy your first time as a host x

  • March 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    A delicious and healthy snack – great idea 🙂

  • March 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Apsara, I am so honored to be your first partner! Yay! How amazing is that? 😀 But be careful, I am a little hyper today, so don’t be alarmed if you see me making my way through each guests like a lightning. 😀 Don’t worry, I will not leave you behind. Have fun and I am happy to have you as my fellow co-host. 🙂 Happy FF! This dish of yours looks so delicious, btw. x

    • apsara
      March 13, 2016 at 6:26 am

      I’m excited too, Jhuls that you are co-hosting this week’d party with me. Having fun!

  • March 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve never made anything like this, but it sounds like a wonderful snack! 🙂

    • apsara
      March 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Yes, it is, and super easy!

  • March 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I have never used puffed millet before, I will now though 🙂 Happy FF!

  • March 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I just love healthy snacks, and haven’t tried millet yet but have really been trying to experiment more with whole grains. Thank you so much for co-hosting Aspara! I hope you are having a wonderful time.

  • March 11, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    What a lovely, healthy and super-easy snack! Saving the recipe! Happy FF!

  • March 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This looks great and I do love millet. Have not used the puffed version but I have a indian store very close by where I am sure I will find it. Enjoy your first time hosting, I know I did 🙂

  • March 12, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I’d love to try puffed millet! Thanks for this inspiring recipe, and for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week!

  • March 12, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Looks so good and healthy. Thank you for co-hosting FF and have a nice weekend too! 🙂

  • March 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I love this, it’s like a healthy, savoury granola 🙂 very nice!
    Happy Fiesta Friday, I hope you are enjoying co hosting xx

  • March 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Love the sweetness and heat in this chevda, Aspara. Great healthy snack at your fingertips. Thanks for co-hosting, I hope you’re enjoying your time visiting everyone’s blogs 🙂

  • March 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    What a delicious snack! Happy Holi, and thanks for deciding to co-host FF.

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  • Swati
    March 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm


  • March 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    What a cool and delicious snack, Apsara! 🙂
    By the way, I’ve asked you something and can’t wait for the reply. 🙂 Kindly check it on my blog please 🙂

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  • Pavithra
    May 31, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I don’t live in the US currently and I wonder if I can puff the millet myself. Do you know what kind these are? Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

    • apsara
      May 31, 2016 at 10:56 am

      My guess is these are pearl millet

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