Jhal muri is a tempting and popular Indian street food, typically made from puffed rice that is mixed with a variety of ingredients to create a savory and spicy snack.

Jhal muri

What do Jhal Muri mean?

Jhal muri is a popular snack from the Indian subcontinent, particularly in the eastern regions of India, West Bengal. One can often find this at street vendors and is a quick and easy snack to enjoy on the go.

The word “JHAL” means spicy and “MURI” means puffed rice in Bengali, so jhal muri is typically a spicy and tangy snack prepared from puffed rice aka Muri. However, each person can adjust the spice level as per own preference. In some regions of West Bengal, its name is “Muri Makha” or “Moodi Bhaja”. These names just describe the method of hand-mixing together the ingredients.

What are the ingredients to make Jhal Muri?

You can make Jhal muri using different combinations of ingredients.

Puffed rice is the main ingredient here. It’s crisp and light and adds a crunchy texture to the dish.

Vegetables like onions, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, and green chilies are finely chopped and added to the mix. The vegetables add some freshness and color to the dish.

Peanuts and bengal gram add some protein and crunch to this snack and are often roasted and seasoned with spices.

Various spices are used to season this snack. Common spices include roasted red chili-cumin powder, chat masala, and salt. These spices give the dish its signature flavor and are completely adjustable to suit individual taste preferences.

Some variations may include chopped coriander leaves, papdi, grated coconut, and more.

How to make Jhal Muri?

To make jhal muri, Mix the puffed rice with peanuts and chopped vegetables like onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and green chilies. Then, add the spices to the mixture, and toss everything together by hand until the flavors are evenly distributed. And, the result is a crispy, savory, and spicy mixture that is perfect as a snack or a light meal.

Serving Suggestion –

Jhalmuri often serves in a small rolled-up cone made from a piece of newspaper or a paper plate. And this way makes it easy to eat while walking or standing. It’s a popular snack food at fairs and festivals, and people of all ages enjoy this snack.

Overall, People prepare jhal muri quickly, and it’s a flavorful, light, and crispy snack. It’s easy to customize to your own taste preferences and is a great snack to try if you’re looking to explore easy-peasy snacks.

Event-related to this post :

The April month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge’ group was ‘Railway Recipes’, suggested by Seema this time. Well, I was partnered with Mayuri Patel for this theme who gave me 2 secret ingredients Chat masala and Mustard oil; I gave her Peanuts and Curry leaves. She prepared Lemon Rice using those secret ingredients. And as usual, using my two ingredients I have also come up with this Jhal Muri for the theme contribution.


Jhal muri

Jhal Muri

Jhal muri is a tempting and popular Indian street food, typically made from puffed rice that is mixed with a variety of ingredients to create a savory and spicy snack.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Bengali
Servings 3


  • 2 cup Puffed rice (muri)
  • 3 tbsp Peanut (roasted)
  • ¼ cup Chana dal (roasted)
  • ¼ cup Sev ( thin / thik)
  • 3 tbsp Cucumber (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Tomato (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1-2 no. Green chili (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp Chaat Masala
  • ½ tsp Cumin-Red chili powder (roasted)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil


  • In a mixing bowl, take puffed rice.
  • Then add rest other ingredients one by one.
  • Now toss everything together by hand until the flavors are evenly distributed.
  • Serve immediately the savory, and spicy Jhal Muri as a snack or a light meal !


  • If the puffed rice is not crisp, then just keep it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
  • One can add some boiled black chickpeas, and finely chopped boiled potatoes.
  • Adjust spiciness if desired.



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  1. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    A simple but flavourful snack option. Love that jhal muri is easy to make, versatile and healthy. Beautiful clicks Sasmita.

  2. Kalyani

    5 stars
    crispy inviting clicks of Jhal muri (or mudi as my colleague taught me :p) is an unforgettable dish I savoured while working at my Kolkata branch office. evenign were filled with this and a lot of memories …

  3. Renu

    5 stars
    Quick and easy. I believe mustard oil is what separates this from the Mumbai bhel. Looks yum

  4. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    My love for jhal muri started when I first travelled to Odisha. I just love the aroma of mustard oil, spices
    and crispy taste of veggies added in it. .

  5. Priya Iyer

    5 stars
    I thoroughly enjoyed snacking on Jhal Muri when we visited Kolkata. Now that I have your recipe, I can make it at home any time.
    It looks so delicious and perfect!

  6. Preeti Shridhar

    5 stars
    An all time favourite snack for me. I love the flavour of raw mustard oil in Jhal Muri. During Summers I also add finely chopped raw mango. Beautiful pics of Jhal Muri.

  7. Jayashree.T.Rao

    5 stars
    Jhal Muri is one of the snacks we can make in a jiffy and serve in the evenings with tea. Your pics look yum, wish I could grab it now.

  8. Seema Sriram

    5 stars
    Jhal muri is a favourite snack, train or not. The masala flavours and the fresh little bites of onion with the crunch from the murmura is all together perfect.

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