Jowar Chivda / Sorghum Chivda / Jondhalyachya Lahya Chivda

Chivda is savory snack made with a variety of grains or with fried batter. My favorite has always been the churmure chivda (or puffed rice chivda). During Diwali I make the pohe chivda. Both are very easy to make and are great as a snack. This week my father is visiting and so I decided to make churmure chivda for him. I went with him to the Indian store to bring back supplies when he asked if jondhalyacha lahya or puffed sorghum was available. He said the chivda made with sorghum tastes really good and is very healthy too. I checked the store and luckily they had packets of puffed sorghum so that is what I went with.

This recipe is very similar to the churmure chivda. I used a whole 7 oz. packet of puffed sorghum as chivda is very popular in my house.

You will need
1 7 oz. packet of jondhalyacha lahya or puffed sorghum
3 tbsp. oil
3/4 cup roasted peanuts
a handful of curry leaves
1/2 cup cashews
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup daala (roasted yellow gram)
2 tsp. turmeric powder
2 tsp. cayenne pepper powder (adjust to taste)
1 tsp. sugar
salt to taste (~ 1 1/2 tsp.)

Place the puffed sorghum in a wide mouthed pan and roast until hot and crispy.

Keep aside. In the same pan heat the oil and add the peanuts. Saute until they begin to change color. Next add the curry leaves. Watch out they will splatter oil. Then add the cashews and raisins. Saute them for a few minutes. Next add the daala or yellow gram, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper powder and sugar. Add salt to taste judging the amount based on the sorghum to be added.

Combine everything and finally add the puffed and roasted sorghum. Combine everything and turn off the heat. Let the chivda cool completely before storing.



  1. So healthy.. I particularly like the idea of combining the different nuts. Very good.

  2. That looks yum. I wish I can grab some.

  3. Wat a crunchy munchy guilt free chivda, i want to munch some rite now.

  4. OMG! I saw these puffed sorghum in the Indian stores and inquired what it is used for and came to know about the chivda. I am so going to make it next time I lay my hands on the packet :) I am sure it is going to be an interesting addition of snacks at home. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Never heard of puffed sorghum -- will look for them on my next Indian grocery visit. Chivda looks yumm!

  6. Such a crunchy and guilt free snack,absolutely delicious one..

  7. This is so interesting! Love all the ingredients that went into the chivda :)

  8. Healthy and yummy snack to munch on anytime.

  9. Good to see the jowar puffed up so big, when we had made it at home, the jowar weren't so big, but puffed up in smaller size..that's a healthy and interesting chivda..


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