Chura Bhuja Mattar: Crispy Flattened Rice and Peas

14 Feb

The most archetypal of snacks from Bihar – chura bhuja.

What is chura, did you ask? Chura is the Bihari word for flattened rice, called chiwra elsewhere in north India. The better-known way of preparing chiwra is in its moistened form, as poha. Chura bhuja, in contrast, works on chiwra crisp and dry.

What is bhuja, did you ask? That is another Bihari word, meaning a dry roasted snack.

Chura bhuja can be had on its own but tastes best when paired with a mattar (peas) dish. Here is a simple recipe. If you have the time and inclination you could prepare it as a full-fledged ghughni with onions and tomatoes.

You Need:

  • Chura (flattened rice) – 1 cup
  • Peas – 250 grams, semi-boiled
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tsp, for roasting the chura
  • Mustard oil – 1 tsp, for cooking the peas
  • Amchoor (dry mango) powder – a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Green chili – 1, chopped

How To Make Chura Bhuja Mattar:

Make Chura Bhuja:

Heat the vegetable oil in a kadhai on high flame. When hot, set flame to medium and slide the chura into it. Keep stirring continuously till the chuda begins to turn golden (around 5 minutes). Switch off the flame and mix salt.

Cook Peas:

In a non-stick pan, heat mustard oil. Put in the green chili pieces. When they begin to turn color put in the peas and cook on low flame for around 5 minutes. Mix amchoor powder, salt and cook for another couple of minutes.

To Serve:

In a bowl, put in equal quantities of chura bhuja and peas. Serve with steaming hot tea.

Chura Bhuja Mattar: Crispy Flattened Rice and Peas


You could substitute white poha with red poha for a healthier variation of this recipe.

Want to try out more food from Bihar? Check out the posts on dahi chura, aloo chutney, nenua chana and more on recipes from Bihar.

3 Responses to “Chura Bhuja Mattar: Crispy Flattened Rice and Peas”

  1. sangeetakhanna December 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM #

    Hi I read some of your posts today and loved all the food here. This chura bhuja and matar is my husband’s favorite after he ate it at a friend’s place.

    • S December 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM #

      Thanks for dropping by, sangeeta. It *is* a delicious snack, and so easy to make too!

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