Masala Chex Mix by Ramona


Due to a kitchen remodel I’ll be without a kitchen for a few weeks, so I’ve asked some friends to keep my virtual kitchen going with some of their fabulous recipes. This week Ramona from Kitchen Simmer (aka Curry and Comfort) dropped by and brought me a batch of nostalgia; however, as Ramona always does, she added her signature seasonings and made it extra special.

If you don’t know Ramona, then you need to change that! 🙂  I’ve been following her blog for quite a while and have made several of her dishes – all of which were wonderful!  One of the best things I love about Ramona, is that she is fun!  You can read it in her writing and see it in her food – she’s having fun and just loves spoiling us all with her wonderful recipes!

So please give my good friend Ramona a warm welcome.

Hello Everyone! My name is Ramona from Curry and Comfort, Kitchen Simmer and I was thrilled when MJ asked me to do a guest post on her fun blog. It has been such a great pleasure getting to know MJ through her love of cooking (especially her dishes from the southwest where she lives). MJ recently found some dried curry leaves so I had to make a dish that used them in a recipe. I love curry leaves and think they make savory food taste wonderful. I had so many ideas on what to make for her guest post today, but I finally settled on a fun fusion snack like Masala Chex Mix. I thought it would be a great way to introduce you all to some spicy delights and the flavors of Indo-Asian foods. Who doesn’t love a nice salty snack to munch on while watching TV? Well, my family sure does, but they want something spicy too. This snack fits the bill because it’s got a nice spicy kick that makes you want to eat just one more until the bowl is almost finished. My kids love this Masala Chex mix and they dove into it as soon as I told them I was done taking my pictures.



Masala Chex Mix Recipe


2 cups Chex cereal
2 cups Cheerios cereal
2 cups pretzels
1 cup roasted peanuts (or honey roasted)
2-3 Tbs of canola oil
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
1/4 cup of curry leaves (torn apart)


Seasoning Mix (mix the following spices in a bowl and have it waiting for the final step)

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 salt tsp (or to taste)
3/4 tsp mango powder ( substitute well ground citric acid if mango powder is not available).

1/2 cup raisins (optional)


This is a quick recipe so you must gather and measure all your ingredients before you proceed. Keep the seasoning mix mixed up and ready to sprinkle on the chex mix in the last step.

Heat oil in a large (scratch resistant) pan.  Once heated add the torn curry leaves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds and fry for 20-30 seconds without burning.



Then add the cereals, pretzels and peanuts and toss well with the oil and fried seeds and curry leaves for about 30 seconds.
Turn heat off the stove and sprinkle with the seasoning mix and toss well. Allow chex mix to cool down and serve.



Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.



MJ:  Now who can resist this?!?!  My older sister use to make several batches of Chex Party Mix during the holidays and I would stuff myself for days.  So when I saw Ramona’s recipe, I was thrilled!  I can’t wait to make it.

Thank you Ramona for sharing this spicy, crunchy and irresistible snack!




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48 Responses to “Masala Chex Mix by Ramona”

  1. Priya February 27, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    So simple and so delicious!

    I had bought a pack of chez mix so we can snack healthy but it sat in the pantry for weeks and now with this recipie it will be gone before we know it 🙂 thank you for sharing this

    • mj March 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by Priya!

  2. Amber @ The Cook's Sister October 1, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Love this unconventional seasoning for chex mix! YUM!

  3. Minnie@thelady8home September 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    That is such a delicious treat!! Crazy wonderful!!!

    I am going to try this asap…..what a simple idea Ramona. Just thinking of curry leaves in the mix is making my mouth water :))

  4. Biren @ Roti n Rice September 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    This chex mix sure looks tasty! I love all the spices and flavorings used. Need to go look for that mango powder.

    Ramona is a sweetie! Can’t wait to see your kitcehn MJ. 🙂

  5. Terra September 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    So happy to meet Curry and Comfort, her sight is lovely! I am a big fan of chex mix, it truly is a wonderful comfort food:-) I love the flavors that were added to her chex mix, and really need to find the mango powder now! Gorgeous:-) Hugs, Terra

  6. Soni September 2, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Love the spices and the curry leaves in this and can totally imagine how delicious it must taste :)I could easily finish off the entire lot in a few minutes :)Lovely guest post MJ!!

  7. Ramona September 2, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks for having me on your blog for these few days… it’s been so nice to be part of your blog home. 🙂

    PS… Nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award… check out my 9-2-12 blog post. 🙂

  8. Raymund September 2, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Wow this is indeed something different to me, love the Indian twist to it

  9. Anne@FromMySweetHeart September 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Oh what a great collaboration, ladies! You know I adore you both and Ramona was one of the first people I ‘met’ when I started blogging. I will never forget her many kindnesses as she answered so many of my questions (and still does!) This chex mix looks fabulous with Ramona’s signature spices! So nice to see her here. And I can’t wait to see your new kitchen MJ! Great post…hugs to you both! : )

  10. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I’ll be sure heading to Ramona’s website, thank you for the introduction to her blog. I absolutely love this version of salty snack.

  11. Food Jaunts August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Love this! I’m such a salty snack fan – I make an Asian version and can’t wait to set out a masala version as well at my next party.

  12. wok with ray August 31, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Hello Ramona, it’s nice meeting you and this treat is very intriguing to me and something I would definitely try. Thank you, MJ for introducing Ramona and her very creative treat.

    ~ ray ~

    • Ramona September 2, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      Thanks Ray!! 🙂

  13. Delishhh August 31, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    So simple and so good. I love these!

  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Totally in love with this! It has such unique flavors!

  15. Baker Street August 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Ramona is one of the most creative bloggers I’ve come across! She is so talented and I really admire the energy she has to post one great recipe after the other! Great guest post! 🙂

  16. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings August 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    This is such a great idea for a party! Masala mix is yummy!

  17. Tina (PinayInTexas) August 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I love chex mix…I’m pretty sure I’ll love this even more! Wonderful guest post, Ramona!

  18. Eri August 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I love this snack but I’ve never made it, thank you Ramona!
    MJ, I hope your kitchen will be ready reaally soon!
    Have a nice weekend my friend!

  19. Suzi August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Oh MJ, I just love Ramona and this snack is fantastic I even see the curry leaves in there. Wouldn’t you just love to be snacking on some right now? Great post and have a wonderful day, both of you.

  20. Nava Krishnan August 30, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    I love anything with masala. Great post by Ramona.

  21. Ridwan August 30, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    Curry and comfort is one of my favorite blog,I love her recipe especially the curry dishes,very creative just like this masala chex mix,simplle and tasty,great guest post,welldone to both of you !!

    • mj August 30, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Ridwan! Yes – she is very creative and I love all of her curries!

  22. love2dine August 30, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    that is is a great snack especially during night time while watching movies and a glass of beer…

  23. Nisa Homey August 30, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Great guest post and fabulous recipe.

  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 30, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    This is a wonderful snack! I think two years ago, I received a Christmas gift which was homemade chex mix and our family loved it. This is going to be a great recipe – even for holiday time! Thanks for sharing Ramona!

  25. Choc Chip Uru August 30, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Ramona you have done it again my friend, what a fabulous guest post today 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Jen at The Three Little Piglets August 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    As many times as I’ve read her blog, I have never seen a picture of Ramona before! How funny!

  27. Sissi August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    What a lovely snack idea! Thank you, Ramona, for sharing this creative recipe.
    Thank you, MJ, for introducing Ramona. I’m heading to her blog now!

  28. Sawsan (Chef in disguise) August 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Good luck with the remodel MJ
    I hope it will be a smooth one with no troubles or surprises
    Thank you for introducing me to Ramona, I need to go and explore her blog
    I never knew you can actually make the chex mix…now I can’t wait to

  29. Sanjeeta kk August 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Perfect snack bites…love the Indianized twist with masala and curry leaves to it! And yes I need to check out her blog now..hop..hop..
    Take care MJ. hugs and kisses from India.

  30. Shailaja August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I can’t imagine, we can also use chex mix like this.. Looks delicious.

  31. Tessa August 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I love the combinations of flavors! This is a must try!

  32. ChgoJohn August 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Now this is how you guest host! I foresee this being served at quite a few homes during the holidays.

    • mj August 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      I agree with you there John! It will definitely be in my home!

  33. LIz August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I was just over at Ramona’s blog letting her know how irresistible this looks! I have good will power when it comes to sweets, but I’m afraid if I started eating this yummy mix, I couldn’t stop!! Thanks to you both for this excellent recipe.

    • mj August 30, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks Liz! This would definitely be hard to stop eating!

  34. kitchenriffs August 29, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I love making my own Chex mix! So many flavors. I haven’t done much with Indian seasonings, but I definitely have to. Really great guest post – thanks. (P.S. we need an update on the kitchen, with pictures!)

    • mj August 30, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks KR! I can wait to try this as well! I hope to have an update first of next week. We had more electrical to do than we thought because the people that did a kitchen upgrade 25 years ago obviously did not hire an electrician! We had to take out the old and bring in the new. Cabinets go in Tuesday!

  35. CJ at Food Stories August 29, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    What a great recipe & a great guest post 🙂

  36. Rathai August 29, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    I agree, I only recently got to know Ramona. She is such a fun person and fantastic cook. I love her eclectic and creative recipes. This looks and sounds like a great snack, reminds me of the Indian/Sri Lankan “mixture”.

    • Ramona August 29, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks Rathai!! I’m so glad to meet you through MJ’s blog too. 🙂

  37. Ramona August 29, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Yay!! Thanks for having me over at your beautiful blog today MJ!!! I hope everyone gets a “kick” out of this spiced up Chex Mix. I actually made another batch this weekend because we finished the first batch too quickly. 🙂

    • mj August 29, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Thank YOU Ramona! I know I got a “kick” out of it! 🙂

  38. Debra August 29, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    Didn’t think one could make chex mix any better. I was wrong. 🙂 This sounds delicious.

    • mj August 29, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      I’m with you Debra!

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