Jhaal Muri(Hot and Spicy Puffed Rice)

Jhaal Muri
Jhaal Muri

I have no words to describe this ultimate evening Bengali snack.It is very light with a wide array of nutrients and is completely subject to your imagination and liking, no wonder the Queen of England loves it too. The only principle you have to strictly adhere to, is to not add anything that makes the rice puffs go soggy. Its not required that you add all the ingredients that I have added. A little here and there is okay.

Serves 10 


  1.  200 gms Puffed Rice
  2. 1 cup  potatoes boiled and cut into small cubes
  3. 1 cup green peas 
  4. 1/2 cup boiled chana (chick peas)
  5. 1/4 cup raw mangoes (cut into small cubes)
  6. 1/2 cup red onions chopped fine
  7. 1/2 cup roasted papad(poppadums) crushed or any crispies
  8. 1/2 cup toasted peanuts 
  9. Fresh red or green chillies chopped very fine
  10. Fresh coconut peeled and chopped  and some long strips for garnish
  11. Coriander leaves washed, dried with a cloth and chopped fine
  12.  1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  13. 1 tsp chaat masala powder
  14. 1 tsp rock salt powder
  15. 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  16.  4 tbsps of mustard oil
  17.  1 tbsp lemon juice.


  1. Boil the potatoes, remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
  2. Take 1 tsp oil in a wok and stir fry the potatoes with little salt. Keep it aside.
  3. Soak the chana(chick peas) for 2 to 3 hrs. Boil and strain and keep it to dry.
  4. Keep a wok on the burner, add 1 cup of water, a pinch of salt, a drop of oil and add fresh peas. Cover and cook till the water gets absorbed and peas are cooked and dry.
  5. If you are using frozen peas, saute with little salt and oil and keep aside.
  6. Keep everything in small individual bowls on a big tray.
  7. Make sure the puffed rice is nice and crispy. If its not, dry roast in a wok, stirring it continuously till it gets crisp.
  8. Transfer this to an air- tight container and keep it on the table with  the accompaniments.
  9. To make the final serving, take a large jar with a lid. Add all the ingredients except the puffed rice. Shake very well so that all ingredients blend.
  10. When everything is ready, add the puffed rice and shake to mix well.
  11. Serve in long-legged glasses if at home.
  12. If you have gone for a picnic, make cones out of colourful square papers and serve in them.
  13. Your colourful, light, non messy and savoury snack is ready.

    Here’s Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

    20 thoughts on “Jhaal Muri(Hot and Spicy Puffed Rice)

    1. Jhaal Muri is just WOW! Only a few people can actually make it the way it should be made. Everybody else is just making something else and calling it Jhaal Muri. I have a neighbor who makes it excellently well-he is a kolkata-product πŸ™‚
      Thankyou for sharing the recipe, not sure I’d do justice but at least now I know the procedure. Sonali is the luckiest daughter ever, such a cool mom πŸ™‚

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