Jhal Muri is Bengali (Indian) Street Food, which has numerous versions all across India. Made out of puffed rice and various spices and condiments, it makes an excellent evening snack or snack-on-while-you-watch-movie-at-home snack! Basically, if you ask me, it’s eat-anytime-you-are-hungry-snack.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Author: Eat More Art
3cupsPuffed rice (muramurē / mamra ), dry roasted (see note*)
3tablespoonsSev (bengal gram noodles)
3tablespoonsPeanuts, roasted or fried
3tablespoonsBengal gram (chana dal), soaked overnight and then fried (or can buy readymade)
Chop cucumber, tomato into very small cubes. Finely chop onion, green chillies, and cilantro. Julienne ginger. Keep it all aside.
Mix puffed rice, sev, peanuts. Add the above chopped veggies (keeping some on side to garnish on top).
Add mustard oil. Do-not-skip-mustard-oil (don’t overdo either). It has a fine, subtle taste. But it is a must for making authentic bengali / Kolkatta Jhal muri.
Add tamarind chutney, lemon juice. I like to keep a bit on the drier side, do I added very less tamarind chutney.Sprinkle chaat masala garam masala, chili powder, salt, and black salt.
Serve it in authentic paper cone. Enjoy :)
I used spiced, roasted puffed rice. Basically, heat a teaspoon of oil, add asafetida, mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add puffed rice, roast it on medium heat. Add a small pinch of turmeric powder, chili powder, salt to taste, saute’ for a couple more minutes and then turn off the heat. This process is not quite necessary. I used these ‘coz that’s what I had available. You can even roast the puffed rice without any of the above added ingredients, in a microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, watching it closely.