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Bombay mix
Bombay mix
Alternative names Chanachur
Type Snack
Place of origin Indian subcontinent
Main ingredients Fried lentils, peanuts, chickpea flour noodles, vegetable oil, chickpeas, flaked rice, fried onion and curry leaves
Chaṇāchura in Odisha.
Mixture (the Indian snack) in Chennai
Mixture in Chennai

Bombay mix or chiwda is an Indian snack mix (namkeen) which consists of a variable mixture of spicy dried ingredients, such as fried lentils, peanuts, chickpea flour ghatia (sev), corn, vegetable oil, chickpeas, flaked rice, fried onion and curry leaves. This is all flavored with salt and a blend of spices that may include coriander and mustard seed. It is also a widely consumed snack in the United Kingdom.


Alternative, regional versions include:

  • In Malaysia and Singapore, it is known as kacang putih. Members of the local Indian community usually refer to it as "mixture" as is done in Southern India. It is available from roadside vendors as well as shops and restaurants. Singaporean supermarket Fairprice refer to their Bombay mix product as 'murukku', which is an entirely different product altogether.
  • In southern states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is known as just "mixture", and is available in almost all the sweet shops and bakeries. Usually it consists of fried ground nuts (peanuts), thenkuzhal, kara boondhi, roasted chana dal, karasev, murukku broken into small pieces, pakoda and oma podi.
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