Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Churmuri (Spicy Puffed Rice)

I can see so many people drooling just by reading the name Churmuri. Just like golgappe/pani poori is for North Indians, I feel churmuri is for Kannadigas (people from Karnataka State, India). I am not saying, Kannadigas donot like golgappe, they love to eat golgappe too :D Churmuri is a street food/chaat of Karnataka. Street vendors sell puffed rice mixed with seasonings and served in a newspaper rolled into a cone. Churmuri can have a number of toppings. The combination of finely chopped onions, chopped cilantro, grated carrots and dry roasted peanuts is one of the most popular toppings for churmuri.(Courtesy: Wikipedia) This street food doesnot call for perfect measurements. Throw in carrots, tomatoes, onions grated mango, chopped cucumber, murukku ( a fried snack) or fried dhal according to your choice & believe me it tastes great :D

Note: Sorry for the delay in posting a recipe. I was on a trip for 5 days & later the sea sickness hit me hard. I will write more about my trip in my next post. Also, I need to catch up with so many recipes posted by my blogger friends.
Ingredients: (Serves 3-4)
Puffed rice/Puri/Murmura/Mandakki:  4 cups
Finely chopped onion: 3 tbsp
Grated carrot: 2 tbsp
Congress/roasted peanuts: 1-2 tbsp
Green chilli paste: 1/4 tsp (adjust according to your family needs)
Chaat masala: a pinch (optional)
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp (adjust according to your family needs)
Salt: According to taste
Cumin seeds powder: 1/4 tsp
Chopped tomato: 2 tbsp (optional, but recommended)
Sev: 2 tbsp
Oil: 1 tsp
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp (adjust according to your family needs)

  • Heat the puffed rice in the microwave for a minute for more crispness (Note: this step is completely optional. if you use a puffed rice that is already crisp & fresh, no need for this. I always do this as I donot find the puffed rice fresh here in Singapore).
  • Take a large bowl. Throw in the onions, carrots. green chilli paste, red chilli powder, chaat masala, cumin seeds powder & mix well. Now add the puffed rice, salt, roasted peanuts, oil & mix again. Finally add the tomato, sev, lemon juice, coriander leaves. Mix them thoroughly & serve immediately. 

  • Because of the addition of tomatoes, the puffed rice becomes soggy very fast. Hence, it is advised to be consumed immediately.
  • Throw in grated raw mangoes or finely chopped cucumbers for different versions of churmuri. 


  1. I love charmuri! and this looks delicous!

  2. I love to have this anytime...especially luv the beach churmuri version...I like adding crushed nippat to my churmuri...

  3. A perfect tea-time snack!!

    Nice tempting clicks :-)

  4. I dived into the post before even publishing comments on my blog.LOL..I am already drooling at that picture!!!!

  5. oh that looks so good and really mouthwatering,long since i had this one...absolutely yummy sush..and happy ugadi..

  6. hey sush,
    Am droooooooooooooooooooooooooooling :) tea kudita idini, nimma post nodi...churmuri tinnoke aase agtide :)
    good one

  7. I love churmuri...back into those college days, when I used to hog almost everyday...

  8. looks very tempting and perfect for tea.

  9. Yes every part of india has different name to all street food recipes. In mangalore they call it as Mandakki.
    I am a big fan of Churmuri.
    Again I am a big fan of Churmuri. :)

  10. Reminds me of so many things...gadi churmuri...childhood and a gut that could digest all varieties of street foods :)

  11. This is one savory from my childhood that I can never forget..... & still I go weak in my knee for it..... Especially in the month of April, I visit my native..Puttur..for the Jaathre.... Oh! I visit that fair only to savor these like crazy...literally crazy .... believe me..... I hog like say 3-4 packets they make..... CHURMURI..... Baayalli neeru banthu..... Ellavu kannina munde bandu ninthithu.... Avaru thayaaru maaduvaaga naanu baayalli neeru baruththa kaayuvudu.... I remembered it all.... Why do we have to grow???? How I wish I was the same age???? KUDOS!!!!


  12. Love churmuri and this looks very tempting.

  13. Happy Ugadi to u and ur family. Loved the color and the ingredients of the churmure. I prefer to add a a tinge of mustard oil to give it the masala mudi flavour. You have very interesting recipes and following u to enjoy them as u post.


  14. Love this! Perfect for evening snack :)

  15. Yummyy snack... looks perfect.. nice blog.. :)

  16. I love bhel and so I'm guessing i'll love this one too :)

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  18. This sounds really gud,I make a simpler version,! Nice tea time snack!

  19. nice, i make this often but in a different way.will try this soon

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