The month of Asaar in Nepal welcomes the rice plantation season and along with it comes the Asaare Jhyaure Geet and a delicious feast of Dahi Chiura. Since Nepal is largely an agricultural country, Asaar is the most awaited month where the farmers plant the rice seedlings and hope for the blessed monsoon. The traditional side to Nepal has always been an intriguing aspect to the heritage. There are some days that have been special throughout generations and now are worthy of being celebrated and such is Asaar 15th.
So why do they eat Dahi Chiura?
The process of making both dahi and chiura is pretty extreme. No matter the process, it always gets people excited when it comes to dahi. Dahi is full of beneficial bacteria that help solve gastrointestinal problems, which is a medically proven fact. Chiura, also known as bitten rice, is a traditional method of rice preservation. The rice is boiled, drained, beaten and then air dried which results in a starch and bacteria less product.
The beneficial aspects of dahi is preferable to the farmers who spend the day sowing rice seedlings in the mud. The intense dedication to the work leaves them prone to gastrointestinal problems, hence, dahi chiura is the one to have. Sugar is added to dahi chiura to eliminate any extra bacteria. The fact that this dish super simple disguises the façade that it is in fact passed on through generations and enjoyed by all he generations equally. Plus Chiura is ideal as it soaks up the moisture from the Dahi easily and becomes a rather filling dish even with a small amount.
So everyone, have a great International Day of Dahi Chiura and enjoy the festive and the traditions whole heartedly. You wouldn’t want to say no to Dahi Chiura would you?