Chura Bhuja recipe is one of the most popular evening snack recipes of Bihar. It is tasty and healthy as well. Chura Bhuja is a combination of crispy, chivda, fresh seasonal cauliflower, peas, onion, and potato.
About Chura Bhuja Recipe
Chura Bhuja is another Bihari snack recipe. Chura is actually a Bihari word for Poha (flattened rice). And depending on the region, it goes under different names like chivda, poha, chooda/choora, chura, aval, and so on.
And Bhuja is another Bihari word for any type of roasted grains.
Chura is the same from which we use to make aloo or, vegetable poha. Another variant of this is the roasted chivda which you can make from thin poha. This is a fried version and so we have to let go off the thought of calories and just enjoy the snack.
I have seen my Mom using mustard oil to fry chura, which is what I too prefer because it gives a really nice flavor to this recipe.
Chura Bhuja is a quick and easy snack recipe, and a must-try recipe for all of you who are looking for some nice crispy and crunchy evening snacks. This used to be the best snack recipe for any visitors at my home and they used to love it.
You can also try Sweet Caramel Poha Recipe, if you are looking some sweet version.
Once you make it, you will be amazed to see, how some basic ingredients can be turned into a really amazing recipe.
I really love the addition of cauliflower, potatoes, peas, and onion in it, as it brings a little moisture to this recipe. So you get a slight crunch with little moisture because of these vegetables.
The type of Chura/poha my Mom used for making this recipe is a specialty from Bihar, called Katarni Chura. The paddy, from which this katarni chura is made, is smaller than the normal paddy and has a slightly sweet taste.
Bhagalpur, a district in Bihar is known for its Katarni Chura and this is one thing my Father used to buy in kilos and keep for me.
And then he would pack two to three carton, full of chura for me when I would return to Bangalore.
Basic ingredients used for Chura Bhuja Recipe
Chura/chivda: To make this recipe, I personally use thick poha. But you can also try this recipe using thin poha.
Oil: I have used vegetable oil here. But you can also use mustard oil for this recipe. Back then in those days, the usage of mustard oil was more.
Vegetables: I love using vegetables for this recipe, especially the veggies I have used here are my favorite for this recipe. You can use any of the four veggies depending on your taste and availability.
Chura Bhuja can be served in many different ways like
It can be served along with onion and pickle.
Some serve chura bhuja with ghughani (kala chana curry)
Mix some spicy mixture in it before serving.
You can also add some sprouts before serving chura bhuja.
I remember my Mom used to fry some Lijjat papad, crumble it, and would use it for toppings. And yes, how can I forget she used to serve some homemade sun-dried potato chips also, along with it.
Chura Bhuja Recipe
- 2 cup Chura/ flattened rice
- 1 nos Cauliflower
- 1 nos Onion thinly sliced
- 1 nos Potato thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup Green Peas
- 2-3 Whole Dry Red Chilli broken
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 4-5 tbsp Mustard Oil/ Vegetable Oil
- Salt to taste
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy bottom pan.
- Add cumin seeds and whole dry red chili. Saute them until they crackle.
- Now, add onion to it and saute until golden brown.
- Now add cauliflower, potato, and peas to it.
- Add turmeric and salt, and give it a nice mix.
- Cover and cook on a low flame stirring in between.
- Once the vegetables are cooked well, take them out in a plate and set them aside.
- Now in the same pan add oil.
- Once the oil is hot add flattened rice.
- Stir immediately so that the chura absorbs the oil evenly.
- Add salt to taste and give it a nice mix.
- Keep stirring the chura until it gets fried properly.
- Take the pan off the heat when the chura begins to turn golden.
- Add the cooked veggies and mix well to blend the ingredients well with each other. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chura Bhuja Recipe
Is flattened rice/ chivda healthy?
Chivda/Chura is a wholesome meal. It is a good source of carbohydrates, packed with iron, rich in fiber, a good source of antioxidants and essential vitamins, and is gluten-free. It is known to be good for those who have diabetes, skin and heart problems.
Can diabetics eat flattened rice?
The fibre-rich flattened rice effectively prevents several lifestyle diseases. Diabetic people can include aval in their daily diet as it promotes a slower release of sugar into the bloodstream.
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