Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack) #EattheWorld

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack) is a Bangladeshi snack made with puffed rice and savory toppings, tossed in a spicy oil with chaat seasoning.
Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack) is my recipe of the day. I am  posting this with Eat the World.

Each month we post recipes from different countries and/or cuisines. This month the topic is Bangladesh, which has many recipes in common with India, such as this one.

What  is Jhal Puri?

Jhal Puri is a spicy street snack which is quick to make. Apparently a lot of street vendors like  to sell this. I can imagine it being a hit  at food festivals in the United States as well. I wonder why  I have not stumbled on this before now?

The crispy rice is tossed with savories which you can customize to your taste. Especially the amounts of chillies and mustard oil (which can make it very spicy). Try toning down with a milder oil if  you need to. The mustard oil has a taste almost exactly like Chinese hot mustard which you put on egg rolls and crab rangoon.

The chaat spice is salty and had some sour notes from  mango powder and also has cumin. You can buy this or just make your own with one of the many recipes available online.

Make and Serve

In  some ways jhal  muri  is like popcorn, nachos or walking taco  in that once it is made, it is  best eaten right away.

You want the rice to be  at it’s crispest and  the moisture in  the toppings will take away from that if you make it ahead and  try to store it.  If you want to do prep, try making the toss-ins ahead and stirring  up at the last minute.

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

Puffed Rice

The puffed rice I use in this is unsweetened.  I got it at an Indian and Pakistani market. It is also known as mandakki, murmura, mamra, puri, porri or arsi porri.

I have also seen some organic puffed rice by Arrowhead mills that can be used.

It is important to note that the puffed rice  should not be sweetened. This also includes avoiding things like rice krispies, which although not  sugar coated, use sugar in the processing.

Check a health food store if you don’t have an Asian market nearby.

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Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

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Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Bangladeshi, Indian


  • 6 cups unsweetened puffed rice
  • 1 cup sev snack mix I use Kerala blend
  • 1/2 cup cooked drained chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 4 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced green chillies
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chaat masala spice


  • Toss mixture together and serve immediately.
  • I made paper cones and filled them. Serve with a spoon or shake into your mouth from the cone.


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Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)

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