Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jhaalmuri

This recipe brings out all the fond memories of childhood and the teenage years...Its the favourite street food of Kolkata, where I grew up, and there is a "muriwala" on every corner - and sometimes more than one. Jhaalmuri is something I ate almost on a daily basis during my college years, and very regularly during school. Its fast, its healthy, its yummy, and its inexpensive. An, did I already mention, its yummy?

The most important ingredient - and one that can make or break the taste of jhaalmuri is the muri-masala - the unique mixture of spices found only on the street corners of Kolkata. Of course, you can make it at home too. 




Ingredients 

100 gram - muri (puffed rice)
2 - medium size tomatoes, finely chopped
2 - medium size potatoes, finely chopped
1 - medium size onion, finely chopped
1 - small size cucumber
2-3 tbsp - coriander leaves, finely chopped
handful of roasted peanuts
green chilli (according to taste)
2 tbsp - mustard oil (adjust according to taste)
4 tbsp - lemon juice (adjust according to taste)
1 tsp - salt (adjust according to taste)
1/2 tsp - rock salt
muri masala (see below)

Muri masala 

4 tsp - coriander seeds (dhaniya)
1 tsp - cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp - fennel seeds (saunf)
2 - cloves
2 - whole dry red chilli
a small piece of cinnamon
dry roast everything together in a pan , let cool and grind to a fine powder

Method 
  1. In a large bowl combine everthing together and toss to mix well. Serve immediately garnished with corainder leaves. (thinly sliced coconut is also used as a garnish, but I didn't use it)






On the streets of Kolkata, jhaalmuri is served in a paper bag (made out of newspaper)


and is eaten with the hand...

This is my entry for the fast food event hosted by Radhika of Food for 7 stages of Life and to Sudeshna of Cook like a Bong fame.


and this also goes to Divya's Sunday Snacks-Healthy Snacks




Enjoy!

83 comments:

  1. Hey Rachna

    you reminded me, my childhood and those school days we sibling used to buy this and sometimes mum used to make...we call it 'chatpati'...haven't made here in uk..yours looks mouthwatering and crunchy...lovely...:-))

    cheers

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  2. Wow...You made me nostalgic as well, hot n sour n spicy...masala pori, we call it this way:) Re kindles all the school days fun:):)

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  3. Its really delicious just reading this!!!Want to prepare and savor but sadly I don't get muri here...

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  4. And we call it "Bhel" in mumbai...lol..just had a quick tour to my childhood too...

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  5. yummy low fat snack!! perfect with tea

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  6. Looks great. I used to eat this when I was a kid as well.I love the authentic paper-cone presentation.

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  7. Masal pori looks very neat. Love the paper cone too:)

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  8. hi. I was intoduced to jhaal muri by DH and instantly loved it. We make this at home and this is my DH's speciality. And he ensures that there are coconut pieces in it, love it's bite with the jhaal..

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  9. wow looks so nice and tempting...this recipe is really very nice, just by seeing the ingredients one can know how delicious it will be...good one rachana

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  10. crunchy...luks g8...will try @ home...thanks for the recipe!

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  11. my fav chaat we call Churmuri in Bangalore. my mouth is watering...

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  12. I love this!!.. I make this all the time minus some ingredient or other always :).. looks so good!

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  13. This dish looks delicious and not hard to make. I have all the ingredients so I think I'm going to give it a try! (...served on the plate and eaten with fork...hehe)
    XOXO
    thanks for visit and comment!
    (p.s. I'm in love with the colorful outfit and jewelry from India)

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  14. This is my favourite. All of us love this at our home

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  15. That masala sounds interesting dear..Love to grab that packet of jhaalmuri..

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  16. wow, your clicks are amazing..so tempting..I love it..this is a different type of bhel..

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  17. Am ready to munch those tempting jhaalmuri rite now, looks fantabulous Rachana..

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  18. The muri looks fantastic here...so tempting for my taste buds....wonderful clicks...

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  19. Wow thats so yummy snack.. We call it Masala Pori... I wanna have it now!!!!!!!!

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  20. Oh Rachana,this is delicous and yummy...jus what i crave for rite now...my all time fav....
    and u have a fab recipe for this one sweetie....am so hungry now....am going to make loads of this masala minus the chilly and keep it in the refrigerator for a great snac....

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  21. I'm fond of jhaalmuri too! Your's is tempting and nice!

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  22. This one is so tempting.. I can have it at any time.. Made me remember those old days.. Infact, I eat it every other day when I am India.. We also have lots of Muriwalas in Howrah..

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  23. This is quite new to me...but from your pic it looks yummy...

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  24. 7 in the morning & I am smacking my lips!! ah! memories and some sure serious cravings:-) I have to make this soon. My family and my kids too love this!!

    Did you make that paper bag? :-) cool!

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  25. Rachana
    How interesting! I would love to try this dish with puffed rice! Is'n't street food wonderful?

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  26. Sooo nice... Last week I saw puffed rice while shopping n thot of trying bhelpuri. Now I have one more reason for buying it... :)

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  27. YUM YUM YUM!! Spices looks good there to add to Muri, I must try. Very nice girl, great post.

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  28. Simply SUperb ...Yummy Yumm Yumm

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  29. yumm yumm..i know it as bhel...love it..

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  30. looks so crunchy and delicious..I love such snacks..drooling here

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  31. lovely...very much part of snack back home !! love it

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  32. We call it churmuri in Bangalore...Just love them.

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  33. Just love this...your post made me nostalgic too..the gud ol college days...:-)

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  34. Wow, Its Mumbai's Bhelpuri..Or Bhel without the puri. Absolutely love it. In fact my hubby loves it so much he makes it atleast once a week and we all enjoy it.lol. What a cute name - Jhaalmuri. Now I feel like eating Jhaalmuri rt now...sad

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  35. Hmm..drifting back to my collage days..there's a Indian stall near my collage where they sell these..will all get some on my way home...urs looks different and simply mouth-watering...

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  36. This is very interesting. We eat puffed rice in Japan but as sweet. It is slightly sweet and good snack for kids. At least, it used to be. Your savory puff rice looks great. Thank you for introducing new food!

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  37. wow rachna...this luks very tempting...thnx for sharing recipe of masala ...super yummy dish

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  38. Tempting snack...liked ur presentation

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  39. loved d name..we also do similar dish..love your version!
    Renuka
    http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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  40. Who says no to this tasty snack! Lovely puffed rice chaat!

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  41. Rachana,

    I am ready to munch Jhalmuri and sit and enjoy movie or walk along beach. This is yummy

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  42. un très beau mélange de saveurs et de parfums
    cette recette est très tentante
    bonne soirée

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  43. Looks very delicious and healthy....and Thanks for sending it for the event....

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  44. It is called as churmuri in bangalore. Just love. Looks so yumm.

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  45. I'm bhelpuri-holic...this looks like bhelpuri...have'nt hrd about jhaalmuri earlier...looks really yummy...

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  46. thank you for visiting our blog.. wow you have got beautiful blog and tons of good recipes too...
    Jhaalmuri looks delicious and really good presentation too

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  47. looks absolutely delicious!!

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  48. this is an absolute delight..its so much fun just munching them

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  49. This is new to me. It looks delicious, I can almost smell the spices. Thanks for visiting Mimi's Kitchen.
    Mimi

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  50. Awesome! I lived in Cal for the first 7 yrs of my life and jhalmuri and alu-kabdi are such an important part of my childhood memories ! Have to try this out :) Nice blog !

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  51. I too had this once at Hyderabad...it was very delicious, your looks absolutely yummy :)

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  52. wow, my mouth is watering just looking at your pictures! This resembles so much to bhel.. I love your rendition of it... see, now you got me into bhel cravings :)

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  53. A BIG THANK YOU AND A WARM HUG for dropping by my blog....Jhaalmuri looks so much like Bhelpuri. I will definitely try this for our afternoon snack.

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  54. Does it taste like Bhelpuri? Looks yummy 'n crunchy!

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  55. What a yummy & healthy looking snack! I believe I can munch on this tasty puffed rice all day with a cuppa tea, Mmm!!!

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  56. thanks for introducing me to Kolkata street food, looks similar to bhel puri which i love

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  57. looks delicious rachana..............
    Thanks for following me

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  58. rachana, thank you for stopping by. and, you have a lovely blog! I am a hardcore fan of bhel. the name jhal muri is new to me. i loved that picture of it in the newspaper cone :-)

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  59. My darling I popped in to wish you a love filled February full of blessings.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  60. muri dekh kar to mouth me h2o aa gaya

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  61. gr8888888888 pic
    its damn tempting....
    mann kar raha hai abhi jao aur vardaan ke bahar kha kar aa jao...
    but wud surely miss u...

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  62. I have had this few times.Defenitely its unique.

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  63. Such a devine and tasty snack.

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  64. thats alltime fav snack. love the pic

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  65. we use to make this as a quick snack back in India..but i never added so many ingredients..will make your way next time

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  66. Perfect and such a comfort snack... I love to have these after work ;) now that you remind me of those wonderful time... Hey btw do send this to Healthy snack event hosted @ http://divya-dilse.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunday-snacks-healthy-snacks.
    You will find the details there...

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  67. Jhalmuri looks delicious and tempting. It is my favourite snacks. I love it very much and seeing the mouth watering picture I feel like having it now.

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  68. It sure brings a lot of memories..I love the muri masala that you made..Bookmarked!

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  69. Puffed rice? wow I havent heard of it but it looks really nice. Although I think I would have to eat it with a fork ;)

    Rose

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  70. Whenever i am in market i always eat this !! This is fantastic in taste,non oily and luscious !!Great

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  71. Hey.. Isn't this very similar to Bhel ?
    Any resemblance to chaat is thumps up from me :)

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  72. Hey, some awards for u at my blog.. Please collect..

    Cheers

    Jyoti

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  73. That is one comforting snack - street snacks are the best.

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  74. One of my fav..yumm yumm yumm!

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  75. My favorite snack, love to have on rainy day. Excellent da........

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  76. wow......Its amazing. Reminded me of hometown Mangalore and beach where i used to hang around on weekends with this. Thanks for visiting my blog and glad to receive your valuable comments.Do try and let me know.

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  77. tumar blog dekhe mon ke dhorte parlam na. turunto muri niya masala tasala diye tayar kore - ki enjoy kare kheyache.raja

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  78. damn gud pic...i wud b having muri 2day... wud surely miss u...

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  79. I'm gonna try tis soon...easy yet tasty...wat else can i ask for :) Thanks for sharing the recipe and for dropping by at my blog...

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