In India, evening chai (tea)/coffee and snacks are a must. And one such snack item is chaat. There are a gazillion types of chaats across India but very few are commonly known and consumed, such as Pani Puri, Dahi Papdi Chaat, Bhel Puri, etc. Being here in the US, we don’t have the luxury of street food and chaats. And neither do chips and cookies make the cut for a satisfying evening snack. So, we have to turn to homemade snacks.
So, if you are like me and are looking for an easy evening snack and different than the usual, this one is for you. This chaat is a true taste of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, particularly from a city called Mysore.
Mysore is very, very, very close to my heart. Not only is it the city where I was born, but it is the city where my mother was born and raised. So we have double the memories in this city. And some of the best memories are related to food, aren’t they? Churmuri is one such memory.
Churmuri (Also known as Jhalmuri or Bhel Puri) is a snack made out of puffed rice. The additives are the ones that vary across India and give it their distinct flavor. While the common ones are tomatoes, carrots, green chillies and peanuts, some regions use different types of chutneys for added flavor. But this one uses a special blend of powders namely Puliyogre (Tamarind Rice) Powder and Chutney Powder. These powders originate in South India and the Mysore variation of these powders is what makes this Churmuri Mysore style.
This Churmuri is truly unlike anything you will find anywhere else. My mum used to enjoy this Churmuri every single day after college. It used to be served by a particular street cart vendor who was the only one who was permitted to be on the premises of my mother’s all girls college. Such an interesting story and such a delicious memory.
Try it and you not be disappointed. The specific powders that I mentioned above are readily available at Indian grocery stores. I use the ones that my mum and my grandmother’s sister make for me. More delicious memories 🙂
|Prep time||15 minutes|
- Puffed Rice – 2 cups
- Carrots – 1 small, shredded
- Onions – 1 small, finely chopped
- Cucumber – 1 small, finely chopped
Spices, Flavors and Herbs
- Cilantro – A handful
- Green Chillies – 2-3, finely chopped
- Puliyogre Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Chutney Powder – 1/4 tsp
Nuts and Seeds
- Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cup
- In a mixing bowl, add the puffed rice and a drizzle of oil. Mix this well to coat the puffed rice
- To the bowl, add all the vegetables and spices. Mix very well
- Mix in the roasted peanuts right before serving
- In India, Churmuri is typically served in cone shaped containers, usually made out of any available paper. But they are also served in paper plates/bowls or even more eco-friendly versions like bamboo or leaf. To mimic the true experience, you can use any available rectangular shaped paper and roll it into a cone. Just use some parchment or wax paper, also rolled into a cone shape, as a liner. Spoon in the Churmuri to this and enjoy 🙂
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