Sunday 16 October 2016

Jhal Muri - Kolkata Street Food

JHAL MURI - Many of you must know about this tangy, spicy delicious street food snack of Kolkata. The people who don't know about this. Let me take you to the tour of kolkata's favorite Street food snack.

Jhal means spicy and muri means puffed rice but the dish is much, much more than just rice crispies with a sprinkle of chili powder. In fact, rice crispies aren't even the only breakfast cereal that goes into this savory snack. A traditional puffed rice called muri is made by heating rice in a sand-filled oven. Muri is to rice as popcorn is to corn. The processing involved makes rice less perishable. Combine the puffed rice, fried lentils, white peas, and  peanuts in a large bowl. There will be chopped tomato, cucumber, chili, coriander, coconut and onion as well as a sprinkle of boiled potato and mustard Oil, lemon juice are the most important. Some Chaat Masala, Garam Masala and Salt. Some of them also add Dry mango Powder. 

As always with street food the actual recipe depends on the maestro that's preparing the dish, Every person has his own hand taste, The amount of Masalas they add in any curry or any chaat or anything. They all have different taste. But I found that when we add bit more amount of masalas and lemon juice in any chaat, That Chaat is hit. I personally didn't know much about Jhal muri, I got a friend here and she is Bengali. And she used to make this Jhal muri whenever we have get together. But trust me when I was at her home last year, I heard this name first time Jhal Muri, and I have no Idea that what is this Jhal muri...And Found that it is like our Bhel in kolkata. Asked her for the recipe and she gave me the recipe that how to make it. :) Thank you for the recipe Sudeshna Ghosh!! :)

Himanshu stayed in kolkata for almost 3 years, he knows this snack very well, As he told me that I used to enjoy this snack when he is so hungry and nothing to much for. When I told him that I am going to make Jhal muri in my next Bloghop event, as #Diwalispecialsnacks, And he was like Wowww!!! Thats perfect!! So I have to make this when he is at home, so that he can enjoy this instant delicious snack, Cant put it for so long, as Tomatoes and Oil will make it soggy. Some people dont add tomatoes, But I love to add tomatoes in my any bhel or chaat. See, Its not a fix recipe for this street food, You can add anything whatever you like to enjoy this Jhal muri.  The Jhal muri masala which contain cumin cardamom, nutmeg, mace, bay leaves, cloves, pepper Powder. This is the main masala which makes this Jhal muri more delicious. I always love to take pictures of colorful food, which makes your food eye catching, and makes to grab it right away. This recipe is also one of them. Beautiful and super tempting Jhal muri recipe for our 62nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Event which is back with #Diwalispecialsnacksrecipes. Check out the recipe below and Enjoy the street food of Kolkata.

Jhal muri Masala


1 Tbsp Roasted cumin powder
1/2 Tbsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Rock Salt
1 tsp Chaat Masala

How to make Jhal Muri


2 Cup Puffed Rice (Muri)
1/4 Cup Spicy Mixture (Chana Chur)
2 Tbsp Roasted Penauts
2 Tbsp White Peas (Soaked overnight and roasted)
Jhal muri Masala as required
1 Medium Onion, Finely chopped
1/2 Tomato, Finely chopped
2 Tbsp Roasted Peanuts
1/2 tsp Finely minced Ginger
2-3 Green chilies, Finely chopped
1 medium Boiled Potato, boiled and chopped
2 Tbsp Mustard Oil
2 Tbsp Fresh Coriander leaves, Finely chopped
Lemon juice as required


1. Mix all the ingredients vigorously in a steel container in proportions according to your taste.

2. First mix all the dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients. Mix everything very well and Enjoy the spicy, tangy and delicious Jhal muri.

Note: For roasting white peas, Simply heat a pan with a teaspoon of Oil, and add white peas in to the pan, roast it for 2-3 minutes and add some cumin seed powder and lil bit salt. Take out the white peas from the pan and let them cool. 



  1. Love this spicy snack from eastern India, lovely clicks Waagmi

  2. So tempting, have some puffed rice and was looking for a recipe....a must try! Please check for South Indian, millets, kids friendly recipes!

  3. I dont understand the process of roasting white peas , please explain

    1. Added a note on a blog for roasting White tpetas...dto check it :)

  4. Looks delicious. It reminds me of Kolkata jhal muri. Drooling.

  5. Such a appetising post!! Lovey clicks

  6. Such a beauty it is.. Too light on stomach and great to munch on! :)

  7. Love the Jhal Muri! I make it once in a while for myself when I have Muri/Mamra at home.

  8. jhal muri looks very tempting. I love that you've added so many veggies to make it a healthy snack.