I have eaten chivda many times and I love it. My MIL makes it very tasty but she deep fries all the stuff required for the chivda. Even the ones you get in Indian stores are full of oil. I first saw a healthy version of this chivda on Nupur's blog. Its called bhadang and she uses garlic also in it. I generally prepare it a little differently, without garlic. Do checkout Nupur's recipe here. It tastes wonderful. http://onehotstove.blogspot.com/2006/01/q-is-for-quick-bhadang.html.
I have seen many different wonderful recipes for this chivda on different blogs, and this is my version.
Guilt free chivda
2-3 tblsp oil
2 cups murmura/puffed rice
2 cups thin poha
½ cup peanuts
2 tblsp raisins
2 tblsp Dalia/roasted chana dal
10 curry leaves torn into small pieces
3 green chilies finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric
1-2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste.
Spread the murmura on a plate and microwave for about 2 mins to crisp it up. In between just mix it once and keep an eye on it so it does not burn.
Do the same with the thin poha.
Microwave the peanuts for about 3-4 mins till they crisp up. Mix them in between and ensure that they do not burn.
Heat oil in a wide pan. When the oil heats, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they crackle, reduce the heat to low setting; add curry leaves and green chilies. Fry for a min, then add the peanuts, raisins and dalia. Fry on low till everything is little fried and crisp. Then add the turmeric, red chili powder, salt and sugar. Mix well.
Add the poha and murmura, mix well and cook on low heat for 5-6 mins, stirring continuously.
Remove from heat. Cool completely and then store in an air tight container.