Chapati Chivda or Phodnichi Poli

Chapati Chivda or Phodnichi Poli is a typical Maharashtrian breakfast dish or a spicy snack that is commonly made in homes whenever there are leftover chapatis.

Chapati Chivda

‘Phodni’ is tempering in Marathi and ‘Poli’ is Chapati. Leftover chapatis are shredded and sautéed in a tempering, hence the name Phodnichi Poli also known as Chapati Chivda. As everyone at home loves Chapati Chivda, whenever, there are chapatis left over (if any) from the previous day, I make this quick, easy and delicious Chapati Chivda or Phodnichi Poli for breakfast. Do try this simple yet yummlicious quick snack with leftover chapatis.


Leftover chapatis – 5 or 6
Onion – 1 small sized
Tomato – 1 small sized
Green chilli – 1
Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – few sprigs
Lemon juice- ½ of a lemon
Red chilli powder – ¾ tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Sugar – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
To temper
Oil – 3 tsps
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida or hing – a pinch
Peanuts – a handful


Prep time – 10 mins
Cook time – 10 mins
Total time – 20 mins
Serves 2

  1. Roughly tear the chapatis. Take them in a mixer jar and pulse it for 2 or 3 times. Chapatis would have minced now. Set it aside. Alternatively, you can use your hands to mince them or cut them into small pieces using a knife.
  2. Finely chop onion, tomato, green chilli and coriander leaves.
  3. Heat oil in a pan; add mustard and cumin seeds to the hot oil. Let them splutter.
  4. Add the hing and peanuts. Roast until the peanuts are nice and crisp.
  5. Add the onions, green chilli and curry leaves and sauté until the onions are translucent.
  6. Add the tomato and sauté until slightly soft.
  7. Now add the minced chapatis along with the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sugar and salt to taste. Toss well.
  8. Cover with a lid and cook for 2-3 mins. Remove the lid and add lemon juice and mix well.

Chapati Chivda

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. Chapati Chivda or Phodnichi Poli tastes delicious and spicy just plain. However, if you want you can serve it with thick curds or raita.