Mixture is a very interesting South Indian snack. A very apt name, as it is a mix of various interesting ingredients. It is slightly spicy and slightly salty. Our favourite when we go back to India. You can buy these at any Indian sweet shop. 

When I think of India, I can only relate to it in lines of food and company. Endless chatter with favourite company, with a hot cup of steaming 'inji' tea in hand.........and jars of mixture passed around....................popping a spoonful in your mouth each time the jar comes around........ in the middle of interesting gossips and 'catching up' !!!

omapodi ( recipe here) - 1 and a half cups
kaara boondhi (recipe here) - 1 and a half cups
poha/ aval - 1/2 cup
peanuts - 1/4 cup
pottukadalai / roasted gram dal - 1/4 cup
cashewnuts - 10
curry leaves - 1 stem
red chili powder - 1 tsp 
salt - 1/2 tsp
asafoetida/ hing - pinch
oil for frying

  • Heat the oil in a wok. 
  • Fry the cashewnuts till slightly browned. Drain on a paper towel.
  • Next, fry the peanuts till there's a popping sound. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
  • Next, fry the pottukadalai and curry leaves. Remove and drain on the paper towel when they have changed colour slightly.
  • Next fry the poha. This requires more oil. So if you have only less oil in your wok, you can fry them in 2 batches. It will immediately fluff up. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
  • Transfer all the above fried ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the red chili powder, salt and asafoetida and give it a good mix.
  • Add in the omapodi and kaara boondhi too. Mix well and transfer to an airtight container once cooled completely.

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