Chevdo is a spicy Indian snack mix, which you can buy ready-made, available at Indian grocery stores. When we were kids, one of favourite snacks to eat with a good movie was my mother's homemade Chevdo. I remember my mom would labour a whole afternoon making Chevdo, which entailed frying peanuts, puffed rice, potato sticks, raisins and spicing it up with chili powder and a touch of sugar for sweetness.
My version is less labour intensive and healthier since it’s baked not fried. This is still one of my favourite snacks for a indoor movie night--and it tastes like the real deal!!
MASALA CHEVDO CEREAL MIX
For this recipe, I typically select a natural cereal mix with no added sugar. I liked this one because it had different shapes including the checkers which are my favourite!
Method of Preparation:
1) Preheat oven to 275F.
2) Heat oil in a skillet on a medium heat. Blend in ARVINDA'S TIKKA MASALA and slightly fry for a minute. Add sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins and gently toast until they are golden.
2) In a bowl toss sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins with cereal and spread so spices and oil coat cereal. Spread on a baking sheet.
4) Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until cereal is toasted. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container, will last for up to 3-5 days.
2 TBSP. oil
1 TBSP. ARVINDA'S TIKKA MASALA
4 CUPS cereal mix
1 CUP raw sunflower seeds
1/2 CUP raw almonds
1/2 CUP raisins