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Jhal muri 2.jpg
Place of originBangladesh
Region or stateBengal
Associated national cuisineBangladesh, India
Main ingredientsMuri, Cucumber, chanachur, Mustard oil, lemon, onion, chili, tomato, salt, Coriander leaf
Similar dishesBhelpuri

Jhalmuri (Bengali: ঝালমুড়ি) is a popular Bengali street snack, made of puffed rice and an assortment of spices, vegetables, chanachur and mustard oil.[1] It is especially popular in Bangladesh[2] and in the neighbouring West Bengal state of India.[3] It became popular in London when a British chef named Angus Denoon tried this snack in Kolkata and started selling it on streets of London.[4] Popularity of Jhalmuri has also reached other western cities like New York City through the Bangladeshi diaspora.[5]


Churumuri is a similar dish of puffed rice mixed with carrot, tomato, spices, jaggery along with coriander leaves. It's a famous evening snack of Karnataka.


Karnataka varieties[edit]

Mandakki, mundalu and other varieties of churmuri are popular snacks among the people of North Karnataka, found at fairs, festivals, marriage parties and other social meetings. Being a healthy and affordable food, it has become a part and parcel of the lives of Karnataka residents, and may be enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Churmuri is familiar to Bangaloreans and Mysoreans; 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. Sometimes chopped boiled egg also used as toppings.

Preparation and service[edit]

Preparation involves mixing puffed rice and chanachur in a bowl, along with mustard oil, onion, chili, lemon and frequently shaking the bowl. Sometimes it is prepared as a soup with tomato, pudina or cucumber. Generally it is served in a thonga, a type of paper bag found in Bengal. Sometimes it is served in a bowl. It is also popular in Odisha. This is a street side food which has a spicy and tangy content.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What is Jhal Muri | how to make Jhal Muri at home?". The Times of India. 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  2. ^ Kraig, Bruce; Ph.D, Colleen Taylor Sen (2013-09-09). Street Food around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-59884-955-4.
  3. ^ "The street food that silences even the most heated debate". BBC News. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  4. ^ Chaudhuri, Zinnia Ray. "How jhal muri became a popular street food in Kolkata (and London)". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  5. ^ "This pop-up street food stand helps Bangladeshi immigrants transition to the U.S." NBC News. Retrieved 6 August 2020.