Upakar Chiura, locally called chiura or beaten rice is an inseparable part of our cuisine. It’s not just another food- chiura is also our tradition and culture. Even today, when farmers work on the field all day long, they enjoy their lunch- chiura and curry. It’s been in our civilization for a longer time than we can imagine. Especially in the Newari culture, xhiura is valued as a major dish during the feast.
Upakar Chiura, manufactured at Shikhar Organization, is made from the rice grains that come from regions close to the Himalayas, home for a superior quality paddy. The rice grains are then carefully brought to our factories and precisely processed by our adroit professionals using innovative technology. We struggle to keep the grains intact, big, and clean. Each procedure is checked and approved by experts before we seal the pack filled with fresh and delicious chiura. The dried, crunchy, flattened beaten rice is served along with curries, and pickles for the best taste. Chiura is a must-have back-up plan for every kitchen. In the days when we are lazy to cook and nights when we wake-up hungry, chiura is always our best friend.
Chiura holds an important place in the traditional Nepali wedding ceremony. Chiura is usually included in the brideprice, any valuables or wealth given to the bride’s family by the groom. After the initial wedding ceremony, the families escort the bride back to the groom’s house. During this procession, the pounded rice ceremony occurs. The bride and groom are seated next to one another, and the bride is given the chiura. The groom then formally asks the bride to give him the chiura. He will ask this two more times, each time using a form of “you” that indicates a lowering of her social status.