Saturday, November 04, 2006

Indian Chex Mix

Mixture is a popular Indian snack that is usally savoured during tea time and coffee breaks. But the traditional method is a time-consuming process that also adds on a lot of calories to your diet. I was visiting my favorite aunt, Suguna, and she offered me this delicious mixture that she made with a combination of boxed cereals. That's when I figured out that this is a healthier and easier option to make our Indian mixture with a few store bought ingredients. You don't even have to switch on the stove except for the seasoning part. This can also work as a low sodium option because we do not add any salt (other than what's found on the package). It also doubles up as a snack for kids - just tone down the red chillies during the seasoning part. Here it goes:

CerealsRice crispies - 1/2 pound
Kix - 1/2 pound
Cheerios (plain) - 1/2 pound
Cornflakes (plain) - 1/2 pound
Corn squares - 1/2 pound
Note: You can add any cereal of your choice. Make sure you avoid the sweeter ones.
One small packet of Indian mixture - any brand and any combination. I used the Madras Mix from the Indian store.
One small packet of thin sev
1/2 pound of unsalted peanuts
1/2 pound of unsalted cashewnuts

(Here again you can add nuts of your choice preferably unsalted ones)
A few curry leaves for seasoning
2 tsps of mustard seeds
A few red chillies for seasoning
1/2 tsp of asafoetida
1 tsp of canola or vegetable oil

Method1. Put all the cereals in a big bowl.
2. Add the Indian mixture and sev.
3. Add all the nuts.
4. Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated well.
5. Pour oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
6. Once the mustard splutters add the broken red chillies and curry leaves and top it off with asafoetida.
7. Mix well and store in an airtight container.
8. You can also measure half a cup of the mixture, put them in snack bags and have them ready to be picked up.

Serving size - 1/2 cupRecipe courtesy: Suguna Laxminarayan.


Lakshmi said...

really a nice snack. Came to your blog from Indira's. I usually mix the cereal with puffed rice and toss them with chilli and salt.

Lakshmi Krishnan said...

Hi Lakshmi

Glad you liked the recipe. I feel it is a really nutritious way to fulfil cravings.