Chuda chola (chola stands for kala chana and chuda means poha ),is popular cusine of bihar,basically its a combination of black chickpea and flattened rice flakes which is normally a staple breakfast for the localites.This is the yummiest breakfast i ever had at my in laws place long back,my co-sister's native is from bihar and she makes this wonderful bihari vegeterian cuisine with grounding all fresh masalas in the pestle everytime and even she makes chokha,litti,sattu ka paratha and many more to name and that too in mustard oil ,still cant forget this flavour and unique combo of poha and kala chana gravy,it surely tastes beautiful.Here in australia i dont have pestle at my home but in bangalore i use to pound the spices whenever i made this dish as it gave a gorgeous aroma and fresh flavour to the chana.It is quite healthy and nutritious and definately a must try dish friends.I usually make more roasted poha and keep in airtight containers,it even tastes good as a snack with a cup of coffee and also i make more chana so that we can have it with rice/roti in our lunch :P.Sending this to pari for her kids delight event.
serves for 2 ppl
ingredients for chuda :
250 gms poha (medium/thin )
2 tbsp ghee
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
Heat ghee in a wide deep bottom pan /kadai,add poha and continuosly roast on high flame till crisp or till light brown in colour.Switch off the flame ,sprinkle pepper and salt and mix well.This can be cooled down and stored in air tight containers for a couple of days.
ingredients for chola :
1 cup kala chana/black chickpea
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic green chilli pounded in pestle or paste
1-2 tsp red chilli pwd ( adjust acc to your taste )
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
2 tsp corriander pwd
1-2 cloves,1 cardomon,2-3 black pepper corns,a small stick of cinamon to be pounded in pestle (if not pestle can be pwd in mixer too )
1/2 tsp amchur pwd
salt to taste
2-3 tsps oil
Soak chana overnight,pressure cook with little salt and turmeric the next day.Heat oil,saute onions,add ground ginger,garlic,green chilli paste,fry for a while,add tomatoes and cook till pulpy.Add spices,salt,amchur pwd and cooked chana.Mix well ,add some water and adjust according to the gravy (it should be little thin ,so that can be easily mixed with poha ) and simmer for a while.Garnish with cilantro.Serve hot with chuda (roasted poha )or also can be served with hot phulkas or steamed rice.