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Rice: chura (flattened rice) . fried . paella . Persian . risotto . red (with annatto) . Spanish . wild . with black-eyed peas . with corn . with lentils

Flattened Rice (Chura)

October 2008 . February 2009 . January 2013

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.

chura (October 2008)

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.

chura (October 2008)

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.

chura (October 2008)

This earlier rendition had no turmeric and the coconut was untoasted. Subsequent versions (not shown) generally do not include coconut at all.

chura (October 2008)

Plain Flattened Rice as a Snack

January 2013

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.

chura (January 2013)

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).

chevdo (January 2013)chevdo (January 2013)
chura (January 2013)

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".
(suratisweetmart.com/products/surati/)



to blog from OUR kitchen Chura: flattened rice with peas and peanuts (bookmarked recipe) - includes recipe ~ cooking in foreign kitchens ~ Puffed flattened rice

Refried Flattened Rice

February 2009

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.

chura (February 2009)

chura (February 2009)

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.

chura (February 2009)

closer view of chicken. the beet salad is in the blue bowl and just behind it is the bowl with the chopped roasted nuts.

chicken (February 2009)

to blog from OUR kitchen Chura: flattened rice with peas and peanuts (bookmarked recipe) - includes recipe ~ cooking in foreign kitchens ~ photos of refried chura ~ Puffed flattened rice

to recipes from OUR kitchen aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower ~ beet greens ~ beet salad

Flattened Rice (Chura)

chura (January 2013)

chura (October 2008)







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