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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jhal Muri -The Ultimate Snack Of Bengal : Spicy Puffed Rice

                                           
One of the beauty of India is that it accepts people from all walks of life and every body can make a living and still be happy. Unlike many other Developed Countries where you need a minimum basic wage to survive but in India , particularly in Kolkata you can have your tummy full in very cheap price.


 Even today here a humble jhaal muri( spiced  puffed rice ) wont cost you more that 10/- and can satisfy your hunger. I have seen rich and poor que in front of the humble vendor who serves them with equal enthusisam. Hope you try out this street food and savoir your taste buds.


Roasted chana dal and peanuts provide a rich and nutty taste. The mixing ends with spicy special oil which is pickle oil that makes the jhal muri spicy and the mustard oil gives a pungent taste. Many jhal muri walas add sprouted black chana, boiled diced potatoes and tomatoes. Feel free to add then according to your taste. I love to have this crunchy and crispy so don't add tomatoes. And to make it low calorie snacks, skip boiled potatoes.

Ingredients:
2 cups Puffed rice (muri)
1 red Onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup Cucumber, diced
2 tbsp Raw mango, finely chopped
1/2 cup jhal Chanachur / spicy namkeen/ sev
1 tbsp Coconut, finely chopped
1 tbsp Mustard  oil, best is if you have spicy pickle oil
Handful of roasted Peanuts
Handful of roasted Chana dal
2-3 Green chillies, diced
2 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp chat masala
Salt to taste

Method:
If you are using mustard oil here, heat mustard oil in a pan to a smoking point and then switch off the burner. Let it cool. Skip this process if you plan to make it with pickle oil.


Take a broad bowl, mix together all the diced veggies, paenuts, chana dal, jhal chanachur, muri. Mix well and add lemon drops, all the spices and lastly drizzle some pickle oil /mustard oil. Mix well with a wodden spatula and serve immedietely in paper cones.


User Comments & Tips:

  • Muri /puffed rice should be fresh and crisp for best results.
  • Mustard oil /pickle oil is the main essence of this simple snack, so don't use any other substitute.
  • It can also be made with boiled potatoes, sprouted black chana, diced tomatoes, so depending upon your taste add or skip any of these.
  • Serve immediately so that you can enjoy the crispiness, else it may become soggy.


Leaving you with a close look of  Kolkata's famous street food

Linking this to my dear friend's 'Only- Snacks & Starters' event at Vegetarian Tastebuds , an event started by another good friend Pari's place (Foodelicious).

52 comments:

  1. Luv street food. And Jhal Muri/ Mudhi can never get out of fashion.

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  2. yumm yumm..love this snack anytime...when in no mood 2 make anything 4 bf I end up making this...

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  3. Looks so good, love the crunchy mango bits in it..

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  4. Jal Muri one of my favorite snack.I too prepare in the same way.

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  5. such a cute presentation Deepa, looks delicious , the slate n chalk ....awesome, the writing is sooo beautiful

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  6. loved the presentation deepa; my fav

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  7. Very quick n lovely muncher..Nice clicks,Deepa!!Had it at street shops,long time back..

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  8. Wow that was really yummy snack.... I have 2 packets of puffed rice... Will try this soon....

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  9. Perfect tea time snack :) love it and lovely presentation

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  10. Wow!!!!! crispy, crunchy.... jhal muri. Love this snack dear. Will sure make this.

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  11. Deppa, awesome ....great 1....lovely presentation too...

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  12. Really yummy snack,crispy and tempting..beautiful clicks..

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  13. Love it !..specially the mustard flavour.
    And what a co-incidence..I posted churmuri with puffed quinoa yesterday.

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  14. wow mam...my all time favorites :-) love your clicks n presentation :-)

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  15. Seriously want to have rite now, drooling drooling..

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  16. looks really tempting, awesome presentation. luv ur tip abt the spicy pickle oil!

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  17. I can have this guilt free snack 365 days.

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  18. Mustard oil - such a unique addition !! That isso incredible about Indian food - so regional !! Wld love to try this. Looks like ths is the week for street food - saw some bloggers blong on it and I did a post on Mumbai street food too :)

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  19. Yum ...lovely pics gal ...pura streetstyle huh ....I do almost same way too ....

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  20. Oh I love this, I simply love this....Seriuosly drooling here...Thank u so much for reminding as well as sharing this lovely snack that I've enjoyed plenty of times while in India...Have got to make this!!

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  21. a guilt free snack, never tried anything with mustard oil though. Sounds interesting

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  22. sooooooo tempting.....love all the clicks..i can have it anytime ...yummyyyyyy
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  23. Wav what a wonderful clicks....super tempting yummy snack!

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  24. I like the burps ( apt for comments) that you have. But this recipe is more for eating pleasure and not the heavy rich food. Love the presentation. I make it practically every evening - to avoid eating the fried snack we used to indulge in immediately on return from work.

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  25. Oh, this is soo good! Doesn't look too difficult to make, I'll have to try this for one of my parties! Your pics look great, btw!

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  26. I love Jhal muri and yours look awesome. Craving for some right now.

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  27. lovely and delicious snack..awesome presentation..very innovative and creative !!loved it very much..

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  28. Wow, if some one shakes this for me, I can have 4 cones like that at a time, man, it looks so tempting :) Lovely clicks!

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  29. ooh! i love to munch this anytime.. too tempting! favourite snack ever.

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  30. There are evenings when i have longed to have this. Jhal muri is simply divine deepa. Cute cones and the presentation is beautiful.

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  31. perfect snack..loved all ur pics,and presentation is awesome :)

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  32. Neat presentation
    Looks delicious!
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  33. I can't take my eyes off these, tempting clicks

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  34. Can't wait to try this... Mouthwatering!

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  35. Lovely! I can see that these are very addictive! Would love to have some!

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  36. oh this looks great! you took beautiful photos!

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  37. Delicious and all time favorite of everyone!

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  38. I loved the use of pickle oil. I'm going to try this soon

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  39. I love this jhal muri very much....tasted some time ago. Looks so irresistible. I love the way you presented it in that typical cones:) Nice info on Calcutta and enjoyed the write ups.....good thoughts too!

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  40. looks delicious.my fav...cool cliks.
    maha

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  41. Dear Deepa
    Aj jhal Murhi khete ichhe korchhe..Noida-e paoa jaena tai CR park jabo..or I will try your method if I get all ingredients
    Bhalo theko

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  42. where do you get the puffed rice? i can only find rice crispies......... and where or how do you make the chickpea flour noodles?? its hard to find the ingrediants in my town, pickel oil as well...............channa dahl are split chickpeas right? so to roast just put them on a sheet in the oven?? please help!

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  43. Dear Anonymous,
    These puffed rice are easily available in our part of country. Because of easy accessibility and cheap rate it is available in small stores also. Where are you located? Pickle oil is nothing but the oil that we add during the making of pickle. SO if you have any homemade pickle bottle at home then you can use the same oil by using a clean and dry spoon inside the bottle. And yes chana dal is younger version of chickpeas. You can either roast them in tawa if using burner without oil or place them in baking sheet without oil if using oven. Hope I cleared all your doubts. Do come back for more bites :-)

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  44. I am the most glad person to see this..Thanks for sharing..I usually do not like eating out..So this is a guidance for me to cook in the house itself..

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  45. I am planning to make jal muri for ages> hope it gets done today.

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  46. It tasted amazing Deepa. Thanks is it okay if I publish it on my space.

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