Churumuri also known as Masala Mandakki is a popular puffed rice snack in our parts of Karnataka. It is also a street food and is most commonly eaten for as a Evening Snack. There are many puffed rice snacks made across India with so many different variations. Jhal muri & bhel puri are the 2 most commonly known variations. Churumuri is always a winner for its simplicity as it is made with no fancy ingredients.
This can be prepared very quickly by anyone. Even kids can easily make this if they have chopped veggies ready.
We Indians across the globe love street foods. A plate full of tangy spicy chaat with a cup of masala tea is the strongest mesmerizer for most of us.
But the hygiene that is maintained is very poor in many places so it is always healthy to make these at home.
I have not used any mixture in this churumuri. But feel free to use your favorite fried titbits like sev, boondi or even south Indian mixture.
How to Make Churumuri (Stepwise Photos)
1.First roast peanuts on a medium flame until aromatic and golden. Set aside to cool. Once they cool down you can remove the skin if you prefer.
2.Chop onions, tomatoes, green chili and coriander leaves finely. You can also add cucumber and carrots. I haven’t used them here.
3.To make churumuri, you don’t need to dry roast the puffed rice unless they are soft. I usually break open a new pack to make this so I don’t dry roast.
But clean them. I sieve them to remove the powdery part. Add the puffed rice to a wide bowl.
4.Add onions and tomatoes to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt and chili powder over tomatoes.
5. Squeeze in very little lemon juice as tomatoes too will be tangy. I use about 1 tbsp. This will help the salt to dissolve.
6. Heat 1 tbsp oil or ghee. Pour it. This elevates the flavor of churumuri completely. Optional – We usually add some roasted and coarsely pound jeera then pour hot coconut oil or ghee to bring out the aroma of jeera.
8. Mix the chilli powder and salt well with tomatoes and onions. This helps the chilli powder to spread well.
9. Next mix in the puffed rice with the onion tomatoes. Check salt and sprinkle more if needed. Lastly add coriander leaves and peanuts. Give a gentle stir.
Serve churumuri immediately as they begin to loose the crunch.
Churumuri Recipe (Puffed Rice Snacks)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 3 cups Puffed Rice (mandakki,pori, puri)
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 medium Tomato finely chopped
- 1 Green chili chopped (skip if making for kids)
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or as desired
- 2 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or as needed
- 2 to 3 tablespoon Peanuts roasted
- 1 teaspoon oil or hot ghee
- ¼ teaspoon cumin coarsely pound (optional)
How to Make Churumuri
- Roast the peanuts well on a medium heat until aromatic & golden.
- Pour puffed rice in a wide bowl. Clean up the dirt and powdery part. Best way to clean up is to sieve it.
- If the puffed rice is not crisp, then dry roast them in a pan until crisp. Cool them completely.
- Transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add onions & tomatoes. Sprinkle salt, red chili powder, lemon juice & oil over the tomatoes.
- Begin to mix the onions and tomatoes with the spice powder first. Then mix it with the puffed rice.
- Then add add coriander leaves and peanuts. Toss the churumuri.
- Serve churumuri immediately else they lose the crunch.
- You can top it with mixture or boondi.
- Using very hot ghee instead of oil elevates the flavor of churumuri.
- Using a lot of chopped tomatoes can make the puffed rice soft very quickly. I use a very small tomato.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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