Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Masala Chex Mix

 Today I am guest posting for a dear blogger friend named MJ from MJ's Kitchen.  It has been such a great pleasure getting to know MJ and her love of cooking (especially her dishes from the southwest where she lives).  MJ recently found some dried curry leaves so I  had to make a dish that used them in a recipe.  I love curry leaves and think they make savory food taste wonderful.  I had so many ideas on what to make for her guest post today, but I finally settled on a fun fusion snack like Masala Chex Mix.  I thought it would be a great way to introduce MJ's fans to some spicy delights and flavors of Indo-Asian foods.  Who doesn't love a nice salty snack to munch on while watching TV?  Well, my family sure does, but they want something spicy too.  This snack fits the bill because it's got a nice spicy kick that makes you want to eat just one more until the bowl is almost finished. My kids loved this Masala Chex mix and they dove into it as soon as I told them I was done taking my pictures.  So please head over to MJ's blog and check out her beautiful recipes and pictures. You will be glad you did. :)

2 cups Chex cereal
2 cups Cheerios cereal
2 cups pretzels
1 cup roasted peanuts (or honey roasted)
2-3 Tbs of canola oil
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
1/4 cup of curry leaves (torn apart)
1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp sugar

1/2 salt tsp (or to taste)

3/4 tsp mango powder (
substitute well ground citric acid if mango powder is not available).

** mix all the dry spices(highlighted above) in a bowl and have it waiting for the final step

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

This is a quick recipe so you must gather and measure all your ingredients before you proceed. Keep the seasoning mix (the highlighted ingredients above) mixed up and ready to sprinkle on the chex mix in the last step.

Heat oil in a large (scratch resistant) pan.  Once heated add the torn curry leaves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds and fry for 20-30 seconds without burning.

Then add the cereals, pretzels and peanuts and toss well with the oil and fried seeds and and curry leaves for about 30 seconds.

Turn heat off the stove and sprinkle with the seasoning mix and toss well.  Allow chex mix to cool down and serve.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy.


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  1. NOW, you are talking my language! YUM! And where does one find mango powder?!?!? My mind just went wild with all of the potential uses for it! HUGS!

    1. Hi Tiffany, Mango powder or Amchur powder is available in most Indian Spice stores. It's a great "sour" powder. :)

  2. This is such a fun idea, Ramona! I love snacks any time of the day and this one with all the aromatic spices is right up my alley. What did MJ think of the curry leaves? I'm dying to know. Were they fragrant? :)

    1. Rathai - I haven't been able to try the curry leaves yet, but as soon as I get my kitchen back, this will be one of the first things I make. I'll let you know. I can tell you that they smell wonderful!

  3. Well, never thought of making this kind of a mix before but sure does look good. I'm declaring myself convinced! :)

    Have a nice week!

  4. Thanks Darlin for sharing this wonderful recipe in my kitchen!!! Can't wait to try it!

  5. I'm very, very scared to make this! I have a feeling after one bite, I couldn't stop! What a wonderful snack :)

  6. This Chex mix looks amazing! Definitely a great twist on a classic treat =)

  7. What a fun and great chex mix. I think my family would LOVE this! Can't wait to try it. Too bad I don't have any chex cereal or I would make this right now!

  8. Mmm, what a tasty spin on one of my favorite snacks! This looks so delicious and easy, Ramona. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I STILL want to find some fresh curry leaves. Every time I see you make a recipe with them I turn green with envy! I love the idea of masala chex mix. It's pure genius! (Thanks for leaving me a comment. I had seen your post on facebook and fully intended to head over but got distracted by our tree guy and, well, you know how it goes! Glad you reminded me to head this way.)

  10. That's one cool mix, great looking snack!

  11. That seasoning mix would be great in all kinds of snack mixes! Yum!

  12. You have turned this traditional snack on its head. Way to go girl!!!!

  13. What an absolutely gorgeous mix my friend, perfect for guest posting :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Simply delicious recipe,congrats on your guest post,I love that you add mango powder in it,sound tasty with all these spices ingredients in it ,YUM !!

  15. Perfect tea-time snack! This chex-mex looks soooo appetising!

  16. Hi Ramona I just saw this over at MJ's and am loving it. Wish I had some right now this is a really great snack. You come up with some very cool ideas.

  17. I could see myself eating the whole bowl of this stuff.


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