Makes about 7 1/2 cups

Infuse poha (rice flakes) with a spiced oil to make this sweet-hot-sour snack mix, or substitute Western breakfast cereals for the poha, as Hema Alur-Kundargi often does. Store the mix airtight up to 1 week. Similar snack mixes may also be purchased ready-made, but they're often very spicy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Spread poha in a 12- by 17-inch baking pan. Bake in a 200º regular or convection oven, stirring occasionally, until flakes are very crisp, about 20 minutes. (If using the cereals, omit this step.)

Step 2

Meanwhile, rinse and dry chilies. Cut each lengthwise into quarters (do not seed). Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add cumin seeds and stir until they begin to brown, about 30 seconds. Add chilies and stir for 1 minute. Add peanuts, cashews, raisins, and cranberries; stir until fruit is puffy, about 1 minute. Add lime juice, sugar, salt, garam masala, and turmeric; stir until blended.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium. Add poha or cereal and stir until completely infused with spiced oil and golden throughout, about 6 minutes. Remove and discard chilies. Let mix cool completely. Serve or wrap airtight.

Step 4

Nutritional analysis per 1/2 cup.

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