Jhal Muri is one of the most popular street food of Bengal. It's very easy and quick recipe, full of spices and flavours from Bengal.
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Jhal muri is a very popular Bengali street snack attached to my childhood memories, thanks to my Bengali best friend and a lot of other Bengali neighbors. Though we left all those lovely people behind, long ago, after my father’s transfer, the recipe continued to stay in my mum’s kitchen.
Jhal means chili or hot and muri means puffed rice in Bangla. So, jhal muri means spicy puffed rice. It’s a snack packed with flavors and is equally enjoyed from rich to poor in Bengal.
A few years back, I saw a TV show about a British chef Angus Denoon, who was so impressed by this humble street food, that he carried the recipe with him to London and started selling it on its streets. What surprised me is that despite being so spicy and pungent unlike the British food, it became an instant hit there too.
It’s very easy to make which is the biggest blessing of this recipe. You just need to all the cutting, chopping, mix in all the ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle it with mustard oil and it’s ready to be enjoyed!
You can add and remove some of the ingredients to suit your taste but rice puffs and mustard oil are the two must-have ingredients of this snack. The special taste of this snack comes from mustard oil so you cannot use any other oil in it. A jhal muri is not a jhal muri without mustard oil. If you like the taste of mustard or wasabi, just go for this dish.
Also, in the original recipe ingredients like roasted peanuts, sev, papdi, etc are prepared separately and then added to it. However, I have a tip to make it easier, I add a spicy Indian mixture, which has all these ingredients and is very easily available in every Indian grocery store. You can also try that.
Another tip is to make this recipe only when you want to eat as even keeping it for a few minutes will make it soggy. The mustard oil and lemon juice shall also be added at the last stage, just before serving so that you can enjoy the crunch of puffed rice while eating.
- 2 cups puffed rice
- 1 small red onion finely chopped
- 1 small tomato finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cucumber finely chopped
- 1 cup boiled potatoes finely chopped
- 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
- 1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 5 tbsp navratan mixture/ any other similar mixture a type of readymade Indian snack
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder adjust as per taste
- 2 tbsp mustard oil no other oil can be used in this recipe
- Salt as per taste
- Add all the ingredients except mustard oil and lemon juice in a large bowl and mix well.
- Just before serving add mustard oil and lemon juice, toss enjoy!