You've all probably heard of Bombay Mix but have you tasted Chennai Mix? We guess not, because we only invented it last weekend!
Savoury snacks are an essential part of any South Indian afternoon, to serve alongside some piping hot, frothy filter coffee or spicy tea. These usually take the form of moreish (fried) onion pakodas, crunchy (fried) lentil crackers or (fried) dough balls (cheedai for the South Indians in the audience). See a common theme emerging? Yep you guessed it - frying.
We're so done with the oil and grease and love the crisp and healthy feeling of this Chennai mix. We've taken some crunchy puffed good-for-you buckwheat, added in some toasted golden nuts and juicy raisins and cranberries and packed it with South Indian spices. Minimum oil, maximum crunch and flavour.
Feel free to experiment with your own combination of nuts and dried fruits. We love the sweetness the raisins add and the pop of colour from ruby cranberries.
So if you're looking for a pre-dinner party nibble, an afternoon snack or something to munch on while watching a nail-biting cricket match, this one's for you.
We like to make a big batch on Sunday and devour throughout the week.
Happy healthy snacking!
Take a look as well at our Tangy, Spinach, Protein crackers for another dinner party canapé idea.
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 3 cups puffed buckwheat
- 2 tsps cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder (add more if you can handle it!)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsps sunflower oil
- Toast the buckwheat in a low oven for 5-10mins. It should be crispy but not coloured or browned.
- Toasted the nuts by spreading them out in the microwave and heating for 50 seconds. Watch out as they can burn easily!
- Heat the oil in a large wok. When warm, remove from the heat, add the spices, let sizzle and mix well.
- Toss in the toasted nuts and dried fruit. Mix well until the spices are well and truly dispersed.
Sample and adjust the spicing as you wish!