One of the amazing things about Indian cuisine is the use of rice in its different avatars. One of the rice forms which are used mostly in street foods is puffed rice or Muri as it is popularly known.
Puffed rice is a type of puffed grain made from rice; usually made by heating rice kernels under high pressure in the presence of steam, though the method of manufacture varies widely.
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. Muri is a staple food in many parts of North Karnataka, Bengal and Bangladesh. Jhalmuri or masalamuri/bhelpuri is a very popular preparation made from muri.
In Udupi-Managlorean region, Churu-Muri is the popular and most loved street food. Step out of your home and take a walk in a lush green park, breezy seashore at popular beaches or walk near any school/office buildings and you can’t help but see the large crowd of people queuing up in front of small wooden cart selling Churu-Muri or spiced puffed rice. This is loved by both kids and adults alike as it contains raw vegetables and fruit along with roasted peanuts. Add as much or as little as chilli powder depending on how spicy you want it to be and adjust the quantity of vegetables used according to your taste. It tastes best when coconut oil is used, but feel free to use vegetable oil in its place. Please restrain from using strong flavoured oil in this recipe. Also, remember to serve it immediately as soon as the puffed rice is mixed with spicy vegetables to enjoy this puffy, crisp and spicy goodness.
Recipe: Churu-Muri (Spiced Puffed Rice, a street food from Udupi-Mangalore)
Prep Time: 10-15 mins
Cooking Time: -
Serves: 4-5 people
Spice Level: Medium to Hot
Recipe Level: Easy
Recipe/Post by: Sia
4-6 cups Puffed Rice
¾ -1 medium Red Onion, finely chopped
2-3 medium Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small Carrot, peeled and grated
2-3 tbsp Raw Mango, peeled and grated
1-2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts
½-¾ tsp Red Chilli Powder (Adjust acc to taste)
1 small Green Chilli, deseed and finely chopped (Optional, use it if you like it really spicy)
1-2 tbsp Lime/Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed (Adjust acc to taste)
1- 1½ tbsp Coconut Oil (you can also use vegetable oil, but try to avoid any other strong flavoured oil)
Salt to taste
- Take chopped red onion, tomato, green chill, coriander leaves and grated mango in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add coconut oil, lime juice, red chilli powder and salt to taste and mix well.
- Now add crisp puffed rice and roasted peanuts and mix well so that each grain of puffed rice is coated with spiced vegetable mixture. Serve it immediately.