Friday, November 22, 2013

Jhal Muri

Jhal Muri is Bengali Street Food, which has numerous versions all across India.  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.  We used to have a different version of this in Gujarat.  Here, I am presenting the Bengali / Kolkatta version.  I recently made it one day, and then.. made it four days in a row, even skipping dinner two of the days..shhhh.  It's-that-Yummy-humble-street-food!!


Puffed rice (muramurÄ“ / mamra ) - 3 Cups, dry roasted (see note*)
Sev (bengal gram noodles) - 3 tablespoons
Peanuts - 3 tablespoons, (roasted or fried)
Bengal gram - 2 tablespoons, soaked, fried (or can buy readymade)
Cucumber - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Cilantro - 4-5 sprigs
Mustard oil - 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon.  
Tamarind chutney - 2-3 teaspoons (or more if you want it moist)
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon

Chaat masala - 1/4 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1/4 teaspoon
Chili powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Black salt - 1/4 teaspoon

Note* - 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.
  • 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.   
Savor every bite of it, and then be ready to make seconds!


  1. Nicely done. I am kind of sharing one of your photographs for spreading a message.

    I have bee to ample amount of movie theaters and seen pop corns being served. May it also be a good idea to get things like Jhal Muri into the picture. Just is not just a short terms thing. Look at the number of ingredients that are placed in the same. Will open up employment opportunity for so many. At the same time it is not a health food but does a good job in providing nutrition. And carries the same packaging and handling norms like a PoP corn.