Punes World Famous Poha Chiwda At Laxminarayan Chiwda
The poha chiwda available at Laxminarayans Chiwda has the best authentic maharashtrian taste. Its a mixture made up of crispy poha,sliced coconut, fried peanuts, raisins, cashews, sesame, edible oil asafoetida, jaithmul and spices. The store owner Mr Laxminarayan Datta started his business on a handcart selling chiwda, samosas, ladoos,kachori and icecream. From all of this it was the chiwda that struck the peoples heart. The main shop is located opposite the Bhawani Mata Mandir at Bhawani Peth. They also have a factory at Gultekdi. The brand is so famous that 90% of the food retailers have stock of it in their shops. You must visit the shop thou, to buy it as its freshly made.
The best variety is of course the poha chiwda. But the potato and corn variant is equally popular. They use about 200 kg of coconut everyday and product daily output close to 3,500 Kg. This should give you an idea about their demand. They also ship to other cities within India and abroad. The NRIs have a lot of demand for this genuine tasting quality product. To cater the young crowd they have started adding new products to their store like Badam Chivda, Italian Farsan and Chinese Bhel. However these are all made with the traditional taste and without any artificial colouring.
This chiwda is one of the most common item which Punekars give to leaving guests, relatives who visit the city. Its a brand which has been built from the heart by the Dattas enterprising family and best known for its homely traditional taste.