Bhuga Chawal Recipe

Bhuga Chawal Recipe | Sindhi Fried Rice | Bhuga Chaavran

What is Bhuga Chawal?

Rice cooked with spices and caramelized onions is “bhuga chawal”. It is a Sindhi delicacy. In Sindhi language it is called bhuga chaavran, bhuga means “to cook till brown” and no points for guessing, chaavran mean rice. It is a simple combination of rice, onions, and spices but the way of cooking brings out the best of this combination. Bhuga chawal can be served with most of the gravies or dals, however, to make a complete Sindhi meal serve it with sai bhaji/raita and chutney, not to skip papad in any case.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Bhuga Chawal Recipe

Any variety of rice that is normally used in your kitchen can be used to prepare bhuga chawal. The key to perfect bhuga chawal recipe is slowly caramelizing onions till they turn dark brown. Whole spices, as well as garam masala powder, also add to the color and flavor. I like to use ghee for my rice preparations, you can, however, use oil.

As already mentioned, bhuga chawal tastes the best when served with sai bhaji! Okay, I did not mention it but it is so. Find the recipe for Sindhi sai bhaji here. And this Sindhi meal will be incomplete without aloo tuk. Fried potatoes at its best, find the recipe for aloo tuk here.

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How to make Bhuga Chawal

1. Heat 2 tbsp ghee. Add 2 bay leaves (tej patta), 8 black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch), 2 cloves (laung) and 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi). Cook till spices are aromatic.

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2. Add 3 thinly sliced onions.

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3. Patiently cook them on low flame. You will love the aroma while the onions get caramelized.

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4. Cook till onions become dark brown; make sure not to burn them.

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5. Add 1 and ½ cup of soaked rice.

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6. Add 1 tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder. Add 1 tsp garam masala powder too. (I forgot to add at this stage, therefore, missing in the picture.)

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7. Cook rice for 2-3 minutes. Cook gently otherwise rice might break.

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8. Add 2 and ½ cups water.

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9. Also, add in salt to taste.

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10. Let the water comes to a boil.

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11. Reduce the flame and cover and cook.

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12. Cook on low flame till water is totally absorbed. Once the water is absorbed, switch off the flame, check rice for doneness and leave rice for 10 minutes (flame switched off). Puff up using a fork.

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13. Bon appétit!

Bhuga Chawal Recipe


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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