Crispy Fried Rice Flakes
I had hard time naming this dish.In Hindi,it has a short name ‘chhana chura’.Indians are very hospitable by nature.By that i mean,if you are dropping by at someone’s house,you will be asked for ‘Chai'(tea) to the very least,no matter what time of the day it is.After that comes the snacks.It could be store bought Indian cookies or homemade ‘halwa‘ or ‘nimki’ or anything else hostess may have to offer you.It is considered very rude if you are not offered anything at all,when you are visiting somone.
One of the snack,my mom would quickly make to serve the visitor was crispy fried rice flakes.Indian houses in that part of the country where my parents live,rice and ‘chura'(rice flakes) is staple pantry items.It takes seconds to fry the flakes in hot oil and sprinkle it with salt.This quick salty snack goes very well with ‘chai’.
I can’t say i can keep up with my mom in hospitality department to that extent.Back to my house,i didn’t had any visitor but what i did had,was leftover oil from frying samosa other day.I was feeling bad throwing that oil and was thinking,what i can use that for.Big reason,why i don’t fry things,i feel like lot of oil is wasted,second to fried food and arteries don’t go well together either :-).Thats when i noticed the rice flakes,which i had bought(not a staple item in my pantry).So i did what my mom did.I fried them up.
- I LOVE this snack ,always have but no one else in my family cared for the crunchy salty flakes.It could be the acquired taste.All of us siblings have always liked it and it is very common homemade snack item to serve.
- A spoonful or two goes very well as you are sipping ‘Chai’/’Coffee’ and chatting away.
- These fried flakes also make the base for other Indian snacks.
- You can buy these flakes from Indian stores.
- If you do dare to make it,make sure you don’t crowd the pot,frying 101.It takes seconds for these flakes to bloom ,so stand by the stove with your spider ladle and scoop it out on paper towel.
- Flakes are very delicate,so it burns quickly at medium-high heat.
- Let the oil drain on paper towel,before you season it.
There is really not much of a recipe.Just add rice flakes little by little to hot oil.Season it with salt,once oil is drained out.