Jhal Muri is a popular street food of Kolkata made using puffed rice. The pungent taste of raw mustard oil makes it quite unique. Here is how to make Jhal Muri Recipe.
One snack that’s everyone’s favourite in Kolkata – Jhal Muri. Have you tried it yet? Bengali Jhal Muri can be found in every street corner of Kolkata and you’ll find people flocking to the nearest cart to get their hands on a cone full of this delicious snack.
Jhal means spices and Muri means puffed rice, this recipe is really simple to make. As the name suggests it’s a simple mix of puffed rice or bhel with spices that once mixed, turns into something magical. We all love munching on something tasty and a little spicy with our daily chai, don’t we?
There is a reason Indian snacks play a big role in our life, some of the Indian snack recipes I’ve posted are: Pudina Namakpara, Corn Pakora, Chicken Cheese Samosa, Bhel Puri, Palak Pakora and the quitessential Dahi Papdi Chaat.
To retain all the crunchiness of this famous snack, it’s important that you mix the jhal muri quickly and serve it immediately.
This snack, unlike most other snacks is not deep fried, making it much more nutritious and a healthier choice. The cacophony of flavours in this snack is simply great, a potpourri of spicy and tangy with lots of crunchy elements.
It’s also really light on the stomach and hence perfect as a tea time snack or accompaniment with your chai. You could try this at a kids party or even for a get together with friends.
A great dish to get creative with, this snack can also be served in the traditional thonga or paper cone that’s really simple to give a feel of the authentic Kolkata snack.
You can also tailor the recipe to meet your personal preference, by adding a little more spice or any other flavour that you prefer. The kids are going to love this crunchy snack and it also works as a great snack to serve after school.
It’s a lot healthier than most snacks available in the market, a quick and easy crunchy treat to try.
Some interesting facts about Jhal Muri
Jhal Muri was sold by Bihari Migrants on the street of Kolkata during the world war II to the soldiers.
British chef Angus Denoon has been selling jhal muri on the streets of London for almost a decade. He tasted this deliciousness on the streets of Kolkata and fell in love with this humble dish.
How to make Jhal Muri Masala
To make this recipe, all the ingredients like puffed rice, sev mix are mixed together. Make sure the puffed rice are crispy. If not, then roast them on low flame until they turn crispy before using them in the recipe.
Now add all the fresh ingredients like finely chopped onions, boiled and cubed potatoes and the other finely chopped ingredients like green chilli, tomato, cucumber, fresh coconut, and coriander are mixed in.
Then the masalas and spices like roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, black salt, red chilli powder and salt are added in and mixed. Finally, some lemon juice and mustard oil are added in.
All the ingredients are to be mixed together really well and served immediately.
You can also add chana chur in your Jhal Muri. It gives a very nice crunch to it.
Bengali Jhal Muri vs Bhel Puri
Jhal Muri and Bhel Puri are made using the similar ingredients and their base is same which is Muri or puffed rice.
What makes these popular snacks different from each other is the addition of mustard oil. Jhal Muri has a pungent flavour of raw cold pressed mustard oil while Bhel Puri has lots of chutneys but no oil.
Jhal Muri Calories
One serving of Jhal Muri has approx 200 Kcal.
Since this snack is not deep fried and contains mostly good ingredients it has very less calories per serving.
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How to make Jhal Muri Step by Step
Add puffed rice in a bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Mix all the ingredients together and serve immediately.
Jhal Muri Recipe
Jhal Muri is a popular street food of Kolkata made using puffed rice. The pungent taste of raw mustard oil makes it quite unique.
- 2 cups Puffed Rice
- 3 tbsp Sev Mix
- 1/4 cup Onion Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Potato Boiled, peeled and cubed
- 1 tsp Green Chilli Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Tomato Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Cucumber Finely Chopped
- 1 tbsp Fresh Coconut Grated
- 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Finely Chopped
- 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
- 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
- 1/2 tsp Black Salt
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
Add all the ingredients in a bowl.
If the puffed rice are not crispy, dry roast them in a pan over low medium heat until they are crispy again.
You can add coriander mint chutney and tamarind chutney in Jhal Muri if you wish to.
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