Chura Bhuja (Crispy flattened rice)with Matar(Peas)

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One of the most popular snacks of Bihar, this snack is an amazing combination of Crispy /Crunchy Grain with Freshness of Seasonal Peas.

Growing up, we have seen this as a staple snack in our household with various different toppings and it is a dish where you can experience different textures and flavours all at the same time.

What is Chura Bhuja?

It’s a crispy flattened rice. Chura is the Bihari word for Poha. While making Chura Bhuja, we don’t use any water.Bhuja is the Bihari word for any type of roasted grain /snack (mostly not deep fried) The most important thing to remember is to keep the chura perfectly crisp. Normally, we use a little bit of mustard oil, but it can easily be avoided. It should be roasted on slow/medium flame for a few minutes. Mostly, we use a heavy bottomed pan, but non stick pan can be certainly be used in it.

Chura Bhuja Matar

One of the most popular snacks of Bihar,this dsh is a perfect combination of crispy ,crunchy texture of Chura with soft silkiness of Matar /Peas.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian Cuisine.
Servings 2


  • 1 Cup Thick flattened rice /Poha (we use local varieties of Chura in Bihar for this . Since its not available here we are using the common;y available thick Chura .
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard oil.
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • Salt according to taste.
  • For Matar (Peas)
  • 1 Cup Shelled fresh Green Peas (they are most suitable for this recipe)though you can use frozen ones .
  • 1 Small Fresh green chilli
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds(optional)
  • 1 Tsp Mustard oil
  • 1/2 Cup Thinly sliced onion.
  • Garnishes according to taste.(optional)


  • How to prepare Chura Bhuja
  • Take a wok/Non stick Pan.
  • Add oil to it and heat it .
  • Add green chilies to it.
  • Let it crackle .
  • Add Chura/Poha.
  • Saute it once and they lower the flame to low/Medium.
  • Continuously stir or move the Chura around the pan so that it gets roasted evenly . It will start puffing and you can see the change in colour(it will look little off white /golden in color.
  • Add salt.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Remove it in a different bowl/Plate.Its ready to serve.
  • How to prepare Matar/Peas
  • Take a wok/Pan.
  • Add oil to it . Heat it .
  • Add Asafoetida ,Cumin seeds and green chillies.
  • Let it crackle .
  • Add peas to it .Add salt .
  • Cover it with a lid . Peas have a tendency to pop out side the pan .Take care of your face.
  • In 3-4 minutes you will see the change in their colour from dark green to light green .
  • Switch off the flame and serve it hot .
  • You can serve this Chura Bhuja matar with sliced raw onion ,Fried peanuts or Pickle .
  • Enjoy your ultimate plate of Bihari Delicacy.

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