Churumuri Recipe (Puffed Rice Snack)

Updated: May 12, 2024, By Swasthi

Masala Mandakki also known as Churumuri, is a popular puffed rice snack from Karnataka, a South Indian state. It is also a street food and is most commonly eaten as a time-pass 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 lesser known across India and more popular in Karnataka.

Churumuri is puffed rice snack

It is always a winner for its simplicity as it is made with basic pantry staples that most of us stock at home. It can be prepared very quickly by anyone. Even kids can easily make this if they have chopped veggies ready.

What is Churumuri?

Churumuri is a simple snack where crispy puffed rice is tossed with onions, tomatoes, chilies, salt and lemon juice. Garnished with plenty of roasted peanuts and coriander leaves, it is simply the best! Some times it is also topped with Sev or mixture. It is crispy, slightly spicy, sour & nutty. A dash of oil is also added while mixing. You will find different kinds of oil being used depending on the region.

Some regions use peanut oil while some use coconut oil. But we prefer hot Ghee as it adds better flavor. It is up to you and in fact you can also leave out the oil. It is usually eaten on its own or sometimes accompanied with Mirchi Bajji and Tea. At home we love these with Mysore Bonda or Goli baje.

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 street food places. So it is always healthy to make these at home. To make Churumuri we don’t need any Tamarind Chutney or Green Chutney like the North Indian Bhel Puri.

So it is super quick to make. You can easily tweak this basic recipe to suit your taste. I like to go with the most basic veggies like onions, tomatoes & coriander leaves. However you can also add grated carrots or totapuri mango (sweet sour unripe mango). You will find this version in a lot of street stalls and chaat places in Bangalore.

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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. For this recipe you will need 2 to 3 tablespoons peanuts.

roasting peanuts until golden to make churumuri

2. Prepare the following:

  • 1 small onion (fine chop)
  • 1 medium Tomato (fine chop)
  • 1 green chili (chopped, deseeded if required, leave out for kids)
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves (fine chop)
  • 2 tablespoons grated carrots or chopped cucumber (optional)
  • 1 cut lemon
chopping onions tomatoes to make churumuri

3. You need 3 cups muri/ puffed rice for this recipe. To make churumuri, you don’t need to dry roast the puffed rice unless they are soft. You can also pop them in the oven for a few mins at 50 to 60 C. 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.

roasting puffed rice to make churumuri

Make Puffed Rice Snack

4. Add onions and tomatoes to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt (about ¼ tsp) and ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder over tomatoes. First check if your puffed rice is salted. Add salt accordingly.

adding spice powders for puffed rice snack

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.

adding lemon juice

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.

adding hot ghee

8. Mix the chilli powder and salt well with tomatoes and onions. This helps the chilli powder to spread well.

mixing ingredients to make churumuri

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.

adding peanuts to make churumuri

Serve Churumuri immediately as they begin to loose the crunch.

churumuri - puffed rice snack

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Recipe Card


Churumuri Recipe (Puffed Rice Snacks)

5 from 26 votes
Churumuri is a quick and easy puffed rice snack that is a very popular street food Karnataka. It is made with basic ingredients like onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, red chilli powder & coriander leaves.
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Prep Time7 minutes
Total Time7 minutes

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 & serve churumuri immediately else they lose the crunch. You can top it with mixture or boondi.


  1. Using very hot ghee instead of oil elevates the flavor of churumuri.
  2. Using a lot of chopped tomatoes can make the puffed rice soft very quickly. I use a very small tomato.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Churumuri Recipe (Puffed Rice Snacks)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 18.1mg22%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I know it’s quite obvious but salt should be listed as one of the ingredients. Simple and accurate otherwise.

5 stars
How to make puffed rice at home

Tasty and easy receipe for break fast or tried this receipe in this weekend.

My fav.. I used to have it in Mysore..


my fav. chat.. love it..