Peas and beaten rice snack- A specialty from Banaras and Bihar
Beaten rice is popular as poha in Northern India but in most of the parts of Bihar and Uttar pradesh it is also named as Chura or chooda. Chura matar is a specialty snack from the city of Banaras .As Chura matar is made with poha and fresh peas so it is mostly made during winter when fresh peas are easily available in the market. It is also a popular street snack of Bihar and U.P as most of the road side stalls and snack shops sells choora matar during winter.
Chura matar is very different from the Maharastrian style – Aloo poha . In chura matar the tempering spices and ingredients are different from regular aloo poha. Chura matar is made with peas and poha only, potato ,tomato or any other vegetable is not added in the authentic recipe,though I have seen many adding potato and tomatoes also . The spices used in making chura matar are salt ,sugar ,black pepper,garam masala and either lemon juice or mango powder .Turmeric ,mustard ,curry leaves and chili powder are not added in it.The addition of garam masala,pepper powder and lots of fresh coriander makes it taste very different from regular aloo poha.