Panchratan Namkeen Mixture is a Snacky Mixture of Foxnuts-Corn Chiwda with flattened rice, cashew nuts and raisins flavoured with my exclusively created, tried & tasted seasoning-spice mix.
Panchratan (Panch-means Five & Ratan-means Jewels) is the name I have given to this mixture of five ingredients which are like jewels of this delicacy, the splendid five ingredients combo which looks predestined for this mixture.
If you were thinking you can’t achieve that market bought flavour of mixtures like of Haldirams’ in your home-made mixture then put that thought to rest. No it’s not/like Haldiram’s Panchratan and can’t be; but I can say not even less.
The seasoning-spice mix which I created by mixing the below mentioned seasoning & spices in some proportions, helped me in getting at least one of the flavours, prevalent as much beloved flavour of Namkeen Mixture. Though the seasoning spice mix which I created, is not from scratch but the spices used like chaat masala & pav bhaji masala is easily available in Indian stores that will help attaining that Market like flavour of Namkeen Mixture. In other way, if you think, it can be said made from scratch. If in any case, there’ll be any requirement or will have a wish of experimenting & making these spices, I’ll give a try for these spices’ recipes from scratch. However, in any case you don’t find Chaat masala & Pav bhaji masala nearby, then too you can prepare & enjoy this mixture with just simple seasoning ingredients too; like salt, a bit of red chilli powder & sugar. The crunchy munchy five ingredients here are mildly sweet-savoury flavoured giving your taste buds exotic flavourful zing.
A mixture with very easy & simple recipe that’ll take less of your time and will be ready to serve snacks for guests arriving at your home this Diwali or be it any other regular occasion.
So, get ready to have a note of the recipe-
Time Taken- For Preparation- 8 min
For Cooking- 25 min
Servings/Yield- ¾ of 1500 ml container
Fox Nuts (Makhana/Phool Makhana)-1 cup
Corn/Makka Chiwda (like corn flakes but differs)- ¾ cup (before frying, it doubles up on frying)
Flattened/Beaten Rice (Poha Chura/Chiwda) – ¼ cup
Cashew Nuts- ¼ cup
Raisins (Kishmish) – 2 tbsps
Oil- for frying
Pav Bhaji Masala- 1¼ tsp
Powdered Sugar- 1¼ tsp
Chaat Masala- ¾ tsp
Salt- a bit as required acc. to taste
Fennel Seeds- 2 tsp (toasted)
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp (roasted)
Steps to follow-
- Take out all the ingredients and seasoning-spices mix at one place.
- Lightly roast/toast fennel seeds and roast coriander seeds till they start releasing roasting aroma. Keep both aside.
- Now mix Pav bhaji masala, powdered sugar, chaat masala and a bit salt into a uniform spice mix. Put it aside too.
- Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. First, fry raisins when the oil is not very hot. Take them out instantly when they plump up; otherwise they burn immediately in hot oil.
- Then after fry cashew nuts also, on medium-low flame only because they also become dark brown/burnt faster. Take out on a kitchen paper, the very moment they start looking very light golden brown.
- Now you can higher the flame to medium-high and fry fox-nuts until they are crunchy. There will be no change in color they will just become off white in color.
- Frying other two remaining ingredients (Poha & Makka Chiwda) requires very hot oil. Keep flame high and check it by dropping few flakes of any chiwda. When they fluff up & sizzle instantly, then you can fry.
- First fry any one of both. Transfer the whole corn chiwda into frying pan, they will fluff up instantly. Take out all with a fine mesh steel frying strainer.
- Now put in flattened rice, they will also fluff up instantly. Take out draining excess oil on a kitchen paper.
- Mix all five fried ingredients in a large bowl.
- Take the powdered seasoning-spice mix in a small strainer and dust the mix evenly over the five ingredients mixture. Also, mix in remaining spice mix of strainer, if any (you can do this way or just like that, I did this way to mix evenly all over)
- Mix in toasted fennel seeds & roasted coriander seeds also. Toss everything well. Panchratan Namkeen Mixture is ready.
- Serve it with tea or coffee or store in an airtight container(shelf life may last 3 weeks but it’s that yummy that the prepared qty will be finished within 24 hrs).
Again I wish y’all a very Happy, prosperous & safe Diwali. Enjoy!