Chura is an Indian dish made from flattened rice (called poha). It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Chura is a popular weekly breakfast dish at Anahata Yoga Retreat. Its texture and taste make it a very yummy and satisfying meal. Poha can be bought from any Indian supermarket. It is also packaged by Sun Valley Foods (as flaked rice) so you might find it stocked in your local supermarket.
- 3 cups flaked rice
- Oil for sautéing
- 1 medium onion chopped finely
- 2 T ginger finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 t coriander powder
- 1 t cumin powder
- 1 sliced chili (optional)
- 3 medium potatoes diced into small cubes
- 2 carrots diced finely
- 1 broccoli chopped into small pieces
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 2 t turmeric
- 2 t salt
- ½ cup cashews or peanuts lightly toasted in oil
- Coriander to garnish
Firstly wash the poha in a colander under running water for a few minutes and then set it aside to drain.
In a frying pan sauté the onion, ginger and garlic until the onion is soft.
Add the spices and continue to sauté for a few minutes.
Add the potato and coat in the spices. Then add a little salt and water to create steam, and cover and cook until the potatoes are cooked, stirring regularly.
Half way through the cooking process add the carrots, and towards the end add the broccoli. Lastly add the tomatoes.
With your hands gently rub the turmeric and salt into the moistened poha, separating the grains.
Add the poha and nuts to the vegetable mix and stir in well to blend all ingredients.
Cook for a few minutes and then turn off the heat.
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot. Poha tastes great with yoghurt or a tomato chutney.