“Jhaal Muri” Streetfood delight of Kolkata

Being a Pravasi Bengali, if someone asks me what is that one thing that I miss living away from Kolkata or Bengal, is “Jhaal Muri”

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If you are a Bengali or ever been to or lived anywhere in West Bengal then you have definitely heard of this streetfood “Jhaal Muri”

Exactly looks similar to “Bhel”, the word “Jhaal” means spicy and “Muri” is puffed rice. “Jhaal Muri”is the most popular snack food on the streets of Kolkata.

I remember years back while doing our Bengal train trips from Gujarat, I anxiously used to wait our train to reach Bengal for this tasty snack. A very simple yet delicious snack, can be very easily prepared at home. A little mustard oil makes this recipe a typical Bengali snack.

Check this very simple recipe I found on eat-hearty.blogspot.in

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Puffed Rice(Murmura/Muri) : 2 Cups
Any Mixture(Namkeen) of your choice : 1/2 Cup
Onion, chopped : 1 Medium
Sprouted black Bengal gram(kala chana) : 1/4 Cup
Sprouted Moong : 1/4 Cup
Cucumber : 1 small
Tomato : 1 small
Green chillies, chopped :  2
Roasted Peanuts : 2 Tbsp
Coriander leaves : 2 Tbsp (Chopped)
Mustard oil : 2 Tbsp
Fresh coconut, sliced thinly for garnishing

For Jhaal Muri Masala
Red chilli powder : 1/2 Tbsp
Black salt (kala namak) : 1 Tsp
Roasted cumin powder : 1 Tbsp
Chaat masala : 1 Tsp

1. Boil sprouted bengal gram. Chop Onion, cucumber and tomato into small pieces.
2. In large bowl combine all the dry ingredients and toss to mix well.
3. Add mustard oil and jhaal muri masala and toss again to mix well.
4. Serve immediately garnished with sliced coconut.


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You will be surprised to know that a British citizen “Angus Denoon” sells ‘Jhaal Muri” on the streets of London and call his stall  “Everybody Love Love The Jhal Muri Express

It was after his visit to Kolkata that he fell in love with the Bengali culture. He went back and started selling this snack on the streets on London. From starting on a supermarket trolley, now he has runs it on his Van.

Follow Angus on Twitter @jhalmuriexpress

On Facebook Everybody Love Love The Jhal Muri Express

Read his Interview here: britishstreetfood.co.uk

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Rashminotes says:

    So colorful and tasty!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Polomi says:

      dats my favourite!!


  2. BlotDot says:

    this used to be my lunch in school. 😛

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      1. BlotDot says:

        The problem with having this delicacy everyday was that eventually it lost its novelty. It stopped being ‘yum’. 😀 I don’t know when was the last time I had jhaal muri or, bhel puri or, paani puri.


      2. polomim says:

        u can have it once in a while. I think there is no charm in anything if you get it daily!!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Neethu says:

    Ahhhh I love this one..especially with a tinge of mustard oil and Lime and behold its a delicious treat…😋😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. polomim says:

      exactly!! mustard oil is must..

      Liked by 1 person

  4. polomim says:

    its tasty too!!


  5. Hmmm, that looks very nice! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. cloud9miles says:

    I love this local delight

    Liked by 1 person

    1. polomim says:

      me too..its yummy!!


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