“Hot spicy snacks are very popular in India. The variety is unlimited. Chivra is enjoyed as a snack any time of the day and is usually spicy hot, though this one is milder. Of course, you can adjust the heat/cayenne to your level of tolerance. Here is a quick and easy version using several available cereals. For the version in the photo, I added about 1/2 cup raisins at the same time as the nuts and spices. Makes 8 (1/2 cup each) servings.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups corn flakes
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup puffed corn cereal
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 14 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 12 cup mixed nuts
  • 18 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14 teaspoon mango powder (amchur)


  1. Combine the cereals and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds to the hot oil and cover with a lid to avoid splattering. Fry until the mustard seeds stop popping, a few seconds.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add the cereal mix and stir well.
  4. Add the nuts, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and mango powder. Roast, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7. I actually roast a bit longer, but you have to be very careful you don't burn the nuts or they'll taste bitter. A little brown or tan is ok.
  5. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

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