This spicy, crunchy, tangy South Indian cornflake snack mixture requires just a few ingredients and is so easy to make at home -- no frying necessary.
What is Indian mixture?
South Indian mixture is a category of snacks kind of similar to American trail mix. It is, as its name suggests, a mixture of various crunchy things that are sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy, and serves as a delightful snack to accompany chai or to make for friends for Diwali/Deepavali gift boxes. Indian mixture has many names like chivda, chevdo, and chivra, all of which are terms for snack mix. The snack mixes tend to be a combo of various crunchy besan (gram flour) based snacks, mixed with different varieties of nuts, dried fruits, and spices.
Mixture without excess oil
This homemade cornflake snack mixture does not require frying, making it an easy mixture recipe with little oil. Instead of deep frying besan (gram flour) based doughs, this recipe relies on plain cornflake cereal for its crunch. Cornflakes are toasted on the stovetop and tossed with spices, providing the addictive snack flavors.
Ingredients in cornflake mixture and substitutions
The ingredients in this recipe fall into a few different categories: crunchy things, nuts, dried fruits, and spices. Unlike other recipes that require one to follow it to the dot, this recipe is pretty versatile. You can swap out different ingredients in each of these categories to really make this snack your own. Here are some suggestions for doing just that:
- Crunchy Things - The main crunchy ingredient in this recipe is cornflake cereal; however, if you wanted to substitute it, you can use potato chips, sev, or even popcorn to act as your main crunchy element.
- Nuts - This recipe uses peanuts that still have their skin on for the nutty component. The peanuts add a deep and rich flavor that keeps you full on hikes while the peanut skins, when toasted, add a second layer of crunch. If peanuts are not your thing, you can substitute cashews, slivered almonds, or even pistachios!
- Dried Fruits - This recipe uses dried raisins for pops of sweetness throughout the snack mixture that balance the spicy notes from the chili powder. However, if raisins aren't your thing, you can omit them or substitute with dried cranberries.
- Spices - This recipe uses Kashmiri chili powder for it heat, fennel seeds for their earthy taste, amchur powder for its tang, and curry leaves for its distinctive Indian herbal taste. You can turn up or down any of these spices to tweak this recipe!
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You can eat this as a snack or make it into a whole meal by crushing and coating the mixture on top of chicken for an oven baked chicken with a cornflake mixture topping.