Cheera Bhaja/ Crispy Flat Rice

20 April 2015

Cheera Bhaja/ Crispy Flat Rice

Cheera Bhaja/ Crispy Flat Rice

20 April 2015
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
2 Person

Food is a lot about childhood memories. Some more than others. Flat rice or cheera in Bengali is one of them for me. One of the most amazing memories of my childhood is laced with things to do with rice. From watching them growing in the paddy fields to bringing them home, thrashing them to split between paddy and the grass.

Flattening them to make flat rice with a manual-labour-intensive apparatus – whose name I can’t explain in English. And then making food with it to eat it. That’s called making something from scratch. I wish I could go back there and do it all over again.

Don’t worry, we are not doing all that here. We are just going to do with a packet of store bought flat rice/ poha/ cheera, and make the fastest ever snack you can think of.

Utensil/ Appliance

1 medium frying pan


  • Flat rice: 1 cup
  • Onion: 1 small, finely chopped
  • Green chillies: 1 or two as per your taste
  • Salt: one pinch or to taste
  • Oil: 1 1/2 cup to deep fry


Heat the oil to a very high temperature. Test the oil by dropping few pieces, if they swell up then it’s perfect. Then fry in small batches, leaving enough room for them to swell up. Drop it, wait for a 5 seconds and take them out. Drain them on kitchen paper. Sprinkle the salt and the onions and green chillies and serve hot. Amazingly crispy, crunchy, quick snack.