Jhal Muri is a road side snack which is very popular in Calcutta.Something like the Mumbai bhel. Of course the ingredients vary, but the star ingredient “puffed rice or murmuras” remain the same.
All these years I never really bothered to understand why this dish was called Jhal muri. Only recently I learnt that Jhal means spicy and muri is the puffed rice.
You get a special masala for the muri, but I have always made it with the regular spices and the results have been fantastic.There is no particular recipe to it, it is just that you mix in the ingredients in the ratio you like . I have put in the way I make for myself. You could minus or add whatever you wish to.
2 cups puffed rice
1 tbsp potatoes, boiled and finely chopped
1 tbsp cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp onions, finely chopped
1 tsp coconut, finely chopped
1 tsp roasted peanuts
1/4 tsp black salt
1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
Red chilly powder
Salt to taste
Few drops mustard oil
Fresh coriander leaves
Mix in all the ingredients and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.