BM #87 Day 5 - 

Chira Doi Gur is a traditional breakfast served during the Assamese New Year celebrations, Bihu. Chira = Poha (Flattened Rice), Doi = Yogurt and Gur = Jaggery. I am told that palm jaggery is traditionally used but I have used the regular jaggery powder.

Although this is served as part of 'Jolpaan', meaning any type of meal (breakfast, lunch or snack), in weddings and other auspicious occasions, it is a must-have as part of Bihu celebrations.

I have spent my early childhood years in Assam and so have a special place for Assamese culture and their vegetarian cuisine. I remember the festive atmosphere during Bihu celebrations. My vivid recollections include, ladies wearing the traditional saris in white with red border, dancing in a circle to traditional music and being served khichuri in a hollowed out banana stem, fashioned into a container.  

The Chira doi gur is served in a special metal cup which is made from Brass and some other metal. It is apparently a traditional craft of Assam. I came to understand that Chira Doi Gur is served in many states in the North Eastern part of India, including Odisha and West Bengal.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Poha / Flattened Rice / Atukulu 2 cups (Thick Poha)
Yogurt 2-3 cups or as needed
Jaggery, powdered as needed

Method Of Preparation -

Wash the poha and drain. Leave it for a few minutes. This will make the poha softer and easier to chew.

In a serving bowl, add the poha, yogurt and powdered jaggery, mix and enjoy!


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Preparation Time 10 minutes
Serves 2-3


  1. Sandhiya Says:
  2. Here in south tamilnadu also, poha is the main food for Tamil New Year's celebration. We still follow that tradition of make poha with palm jaggery on every new year. Amazed by the fact how the traditions are so close even geographical regions are miles apart. BTW, the poha looks so creamy and delicious.

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Omg, the pictures are making drool and such an amazing recipe with simple ingredients. Loved reading your story about your childhood days, Brass vessel cooking is so authentic.. That is a wonderful breakfast from northeast Harini :)

  5. such a simple dish with the three ingredients give a beautiful taste and crunch.. Lovely share..

  6. Srividhya Says:
  7. Never been to Northeast part of India. It's great to know and read about the traditions. Very nice and thanks for sharing.

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Excellent Chira Doi gur, how simple and delicious this dish look. With just three ingredients this dish rocks.

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. What a traditional and easy to make recipe this is Harini. Love the fact it is no-cook too. Interesting to read about Assamese culture - thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  12. Such authentic dishes makes me happy. We do make a similar version of poha, but with sugar. Jaggery would impart a really traditional flavour to the dish. Looks so inviting..

  13. So good to learn about the different cuisines. Love this simple to put together breakfast and it has the perfect balance of protein, carb and iron for the mornings.

  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. Enjoyed reading about the traditions and how closely all states are..this is an easy breezy dish Harini, yet so classic!

  16. Padmajha Says:
  17. Nice to read about the tradition Harini! The poha dish is so simple yet a major part of the celebration!I am planning to try this one soon.

  18. Chira Doi Gur sounds so Bengali .. but is actually Assamese . I recently visited this state and loved the place , it has natural beauty . No wonder a nice bowl with all these natural ingredients should be so good . Very earthy and rustic recipe .

  19. Wow, I never thought of serving chivda this way. The combo of chivda dahi and gur must be amazing and I can imagine the flavors.

  20. Kalyani Says:
  21. Loved reading about ur growing up years ! This is surely a weather based food - such amazing concoction of nature provided coolants in one simple meal

  22. Mayuri Patel Says:
  23. I love this chira dahi breakfast. I made it for another group as a part of the Bihari cuisine and loved it. Its the Indian answer to a parfait if served with fruits too.

  24. Suma Gandlur Says:
  25. Excellent find Harini even though a simple fare. I will try it out when real Spring is in the picture.

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