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Spicy Masala Puffed Corn In 3 Minutes

Written By Srimathi Mani on Thursday, April 8, 2010 | 2:20 PM

Thanks to the Spring break and cleaning. I found a lot of things that needed to be used up or dumped. There were thing which I was not too happy to use since I cannot figure out what they were made of. My rule of thumb is  "If I am clueless of the ingredients mentioned I don't use". The less of the ingredients mentioned on the back, the better it is for consumption. If something is sweet it has High Fructose Corn Syrup and if it is savory it has a whole bunch of hydrogenated oils, palm or cotton oil. I smile when I see fewer ingredients used, because there are not that many snacks out there that we can buy and feel comfortable that we are eating the right stuff. 

In my pantry raid I found puffed corn and millet cereal. I tasted to see if I would eat it as a cereal but, the more I bit into it I liked its crunch and in my mind I thought it would taste better if it was salty. The next minute I gathered a few spices and decided to have a test run. This is what I came up with. These cereals come across to me as an artist blank canvas. What you add gives it a whole different taste. Using garam masala, pav bhaji masala, taco mix etc might be some good spice flavors to experiment with.



The recipe below was one of my test runs and is now my favorite snack to  serve with tea, coffee, for a movie night or when you have unexpected guests. Takes you less than 3 minutes and you will be serving a crunchy snack. 

My entry to Divya's "Show me your whole grains" Event.

Gadgets:

Microwave safe plate
Measuring Spoons and cups
Bowl

Ingredients:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Channa Dhal flour/ Besan - 1 tbsp
Salt
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida Powder - a pinch
Dry Cilantro leaves - 1 tsp crushed
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garlic Powder - 1/2 tsp
Puffed Corn -3/4 cup
Puffed Millet - 1/4 cup

Note: They taste best when they are warm or fresh from the microwave. So I advice not to store them.


Preparation: 

Note: Before you make this please understand that most microwaves work differently. So please do check in between or go in 30 second increments.

1. Heat oil in the plate for 1 minute.

2. Add the powders to the oil and mix it well.

3. Toss in the puffed corn and millet and using your hands coat them well with the spices.

4. Please it in the microwave for another minute and let it sit for 10 seconds before you pop one into your mouth and hear the crunch.

16 comments:

  1. Wow thanks for sharing this wonderful spicy puffed corn...guilt free snacks..

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  2. Oh they looks simply splendid! I so want to devour them right now.

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  3. nice pictures!

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  4. Loved it..beautiful click.

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  5. Looks beautiful... nice click..
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  6. Love the quick snack with less ingredients. Pics are neat !!

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  7. Keep munching it without any guilt throught the match (IPL). Thanks for this wonderful recipe.will be a great match time snack .

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  8. First time here,u have a wonderful place here,will come back again to explore ur recipes :)

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  9. Srimathi..Hope you are fine now after Flu??
    You can send me your entry, whenever possible, i shall add to the roundup when it comes.

    Corns in brown cover over a Yellow colour makes it Picture Perfect!!

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  10. Looks so beautiful in the brown bag sri... Wonderful snack too.

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  11. This is a very interesting snack....definitely healthy too :)

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  12. Wonderful click and a perfect snack, Do visit my blog when time permits. http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

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  13. I usually use some types of cereal to make mixture and chivda, this one sounds very unique, quick and delicious !

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  14. looks beautiful..
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