Mention the word, Chevra, to a Kenyan and they are likely to start drooling uncontrollably. Chevra was the snack of choice for those walks home, for boring classes, for bonding moments with friends, and for just about anything.
People hawked them in the street and children bartered bland lunches for an opportunity to savor the flavor of this yummy treat. Chevra is made up of rice flakes, raisins, cashews, peanuts and a couple of spices. Here is a recipe from ‘And Then She Said‘:
(Some of these ingredients are only available in Indian food specialty stores so I’ll list the Indian names for these in brackets alongside):*
10 Cups thin rice flakes, (poha)
¾ cup peanuts (I used red peanuts)
¾ cup cashew nuts
½ cup raisins
¼ cup curry leaves
¼ dried coconut flakes
3 tbsp toasted fennel seeds
2 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp turmeric
4 tsps sugar
2 tsps salt (or to taste)
5 tbsp cooking oil
Fry the rice flakes in batches in a large wok. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, add a teaspoon of turmeric and immediately add 5 cups of the rice flakes. Stir so that all the rice flakes are evenly covered with oil and turmeric. Fry them on medium flame keep stirring to ensure you don’t burn them. When they are a lovely golden mustard color, remove them and place them in a big bowl.
Repeat the same steps for the second batch of rice flakes. Add these to the bowl.
In the same wok, toast the cashews, peanuts and the curry leaves in a teaspoon of oil. Once the curry leaves are aromatic and the cashews are a light golden brown color, remove these and add them to the bowl with the rice flakes.
Dry toast the coconut flakes (I just used dessicated coconut) and fennel seeds and add it to the bowl of rice flakes.
Lastly add the raisins if you are using them, red chilli powder (we like our food spicy, use less if you prefer this mid), salt and sugar and mix everything together thoroughly, making sure you don’t break the rice flakes.
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