This dish made with chura (aka pressed rice, pressed rice flakes, beaten rice, chura, poha) is the most wonderful thing for breakfast! The red chili is vine-ripened from a plant in our too shady garden - one of the few that actually appeared on the plant. It was insanely hot, and yet we still managed to detect the wonderful citrus flavour as our eyes teared and our tongues burned.
We buy the rice in Indian grocery stores. It comes in various thicknesses; we get "medium" thickness. As you can see, "medium is quite thin.
Each time, it is ever so slightly different, depending on what spices are added or omitted. The only constants in T's version of chura seem to be flattened rice, potatoes, peas, peanuts and raisins. This one included turmeric.
This earlier rendition had no turmeric and the coconut was untoasted. Subsequent versions (not shown) generally do not include coconut at all.
Dry flattened rice that has been deep fried in a small amount of hot oil in the wok is fantastic. It puffs up slightly. All it needs to finish it is a little sea salt.
Fried flattened rice is one of the ingredients in this commercially produced Indian snack of Surati brand chevdo (I believe this is the Punjabi name for numkin).
The ingredients listed for Surati's chevdo are: "Vegetable oil (Canola Oil and/or Soyabean Oil), Rice Flakes, Split Chick Peas, Moong Beans, Peanuts, Cashew Nuts, Sugar, Turmeric Powder, Salt, Raisins (Sulphur Dioxide-Presevative), Chilli Powder, Fennel Seeds, Coriander Seeds, Mustard Seeds and Chilli Whole".
I was visiting my parents when I tried making chura for them. I didn't have a wok and I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing. The rice ended up tasting quite wonderful but it was far too wet so didn't stay nice and separate. My sister brilliantly thought of frying the sludge like hashbrowns for a very happy result.
We served the rice with chopped roasted nuts and raisins (not in photo) as a garnish, aloo gobi, beet greens with garlic and mustard seeds, beet salad (also not in photo), and chicken that had been marinated in yoghurt and spices. The dinner was delicious.
closer view of chicken. the beet salad is in the blue bowl and just behind it is the bowl with the chopped roasted nuts.