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”
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
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.
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