Pumpkin Seeds Savory Snack Mix

Pumpkin Seeds Savory Snack  Mix is scrumptious homemade trail mix made in 20 minutes. This nutrients rich superfood mix is so delish , you won’t stop eating it!

This fusion take on traditional Indian Chivda recipe is full of flavors. And this crispy snack is super easy to make at home.

While you can easily find lot of different snack mixes at Indian grocery stores, this is not one of them. This homemade version is so much better and healthier! And it is full of ingredients that fall under clean eating category.

A mason jar full of pumpkin seeds trail mix along with a ramking bowl full of the same snack.

This chivda has curry leaves, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, raisins, coconut chips and some spices. This no prep recipe is super adaptable as well.

Hope you give this healthy Indian snack mix a try. It is

vegan,
gluten free
grain free
nut free
full of healthy ingredients
easy to make,
healthy and
totally good for you!

A cast iron skillet full of snack mix made at home.

WHAT IS CHIVDA ?

“Chivda” is a popular savory tea time Indian snack. You can call this recipe Chivada ( chiwada) , namkin, snack mix, trail mix , savory granola, masala snack treat… what’s in the name afterall.. it is the amazing taste folks !!

This healthy Namkeen Recipe is a perfect tea time snack. You can also serve it in gatherings like diwali party, kitty party or office pot luck. This also is a perfect after school snacks for kids.

Savory trail mix uses all pantry items that I almost always have stocked up so I can make this at a moment’s notice.

This trail mix is so incredibly delicious, it’s a must have for my tea meet ups with friends. I often keep it ready for last minute hunger pangs especially in the early evenings.

Savory granola mix is perfect for breakfast or for a crunchy delicious snack in the afternoon. You can also use it as a topping on salads, Oatmeal or pancakes as well.

A salad plate full of seasoned seeds, raisins and coconut chips.

MIX AND MATCH INGREDIENTS

This no fuss recipe is easy to make. You can mix and match to your liking. If you don’t have any of the seeds, replace it with what you have or just skip.

Same goes for curry leaves. I love lightly fried crisp curry leaves. But of can not easily find them, you can do without them too. None of the ingredients soak up the oil like traditional poha or oats, so you don’t need much of oil either.

I often buy Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds hoping to eat them as snack. However, just eating them plain can be boring.

That’s when the idea to make them into chivda like snack mix came to my mind. I mixed it with typical Indian tadka, added some sweet, spicy and tangy flavors and voila!!

Instead of grabbing the junk snacks , this is much better option. And since it tastes so wonderful, you won’t miss out or feel deprived either.

My mom used to make this type of snack to munch on along with masala chai. Back then, us sisters used to hull the pumpkin seeds one by one by hand. It was such a delicious treat we used to love doing it.

Now we get hulled pumpkin seeds in bulk at most grocery stores including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.  Same goes for hulled sunflower seeds.

A serving plate full of Pumpkin seeds savory trail mix. It is spicy, sweet and salty mix full of superfood ingredients.

HEALTHY SNACK

I crave something savory with my morning and evening chai. I have noticed that if nothing healthy is easily available, I end up eating chips or farsan which isn’t good.

So having something like this namkeen mix fills that void. On it’s own you won’t eat these seeds as your first choice. Make them savory, salty and spicy and you will finish the bowl in time..I am sure of it !

As they say, ” taste bhi – health bhi ” .. ( it is healthy and tasty) truly defines this chivda mix.

GREAT FOR GIFTING 

This scrumptious trail mix makes wonderful gift. Pack it in small decorative goodie bags , attach a beautiful tag and gift it. I often do it during Diwali and Christmas holidays.

You can also use it as hostess gift. I often receive a recipe request as well as rave compliments for this unique , off-beat recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Exact measurements are listed under the recipe card below. Here’s what is in it

  • PUMPKIN SEEDS
  • SESAME SEEDS
  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS
  • RAISINS
  • COCONUT CHIPS
  • OIL ( We need very little)
  • FRESH CURRY LEAVES (skip if you don’t have them easily available)
  • FENNEL SEEDS ( you can also use black mustard seeds and cumin seeds)
  • TURMERIC POWDER
  • RED CHILI POWDER
  • LIME OR LEMON JUICE
  • SALT

Ingredients used in making savory pumpkin seeds trail mix.

DIRECTIONS :

  1. Warm up oil in Sauté pan. add curry leaves. They sizzle and crisp up in few minutes.
  2. Add fennel seeds, sesame seeds and raisins. Keep stirring on low flame for 5 minutes so everything toasts up and raisins swell and puff up.
  3. Add lemon or lime juice and rest of the ingredients. Mix well. 
  4. On low heat, continue to stir for 8-10 minutes until everything is mixed well and gets heated throught. 
  5. Turn off the heat. Let the mixture cool down completely. Enjoy !
  6. You can store completely cool down chivda mix in air-tight container for 2 weeks.

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A serving plate full of Pumpkin seeds savory trail mix. It is spicy, sweet and salty mix full of superfood ingredients.

Pumpkin Seeds Savory Snack Mix

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Pumpkin Seeds Savory Snack Mix is scrumptious homemade trail mix made in 20 minutes. This nutrients rich superfood mix is fusion take on traditional Indian Chivda recipe is full of flavors.

Instructions

Warm up oil in Sauté pan (I use my cast iron skillet) Add curry leaves. They sizzle and crisp up in few minutes.

Add fennel seeds, sesame seeds and raisins. Keep stirring on low flame for 5 minutes so everything toasts up and raisins swell and puff up.

Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and lemon or lime juice. Mix well. Add rest of the ingredients. Mix well. 

On low heat, continue to stir for 8-10 minutes until everything is mixed well and gets heated throught. 

Turn off the heat. Let the mixture cool down completely. Enjoy !

You can store completely cool down chivda mix in air-tight container for 2 weeks.

Notes

Please make this recipe on low to medium flame since ingredients can burn quickly. Always keep stirring while making it so they roast nicely.

This Savory snack mix is perfect for breakfast or for a crunchy delicious snack in the afternoon. You can also use it as a topping on salads, Oatmeal or pancakes as well.

None of the ingredients soak up the oil like traditional poha or oats, so you don’t need much of oil.

This savory trail mix makes wonderful gift. Pack it in small decorative goodie bags , attach a beautiful tag and gift it.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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