|April 24, 2023


Jhal Muri is one of West Bengal's most famous street food snacks. Not only in West Bengal, but this mouthwatering street food is equally popular in Odisha and Bihar too.

In Bengali, the word "Jhal" means "Spicy." "Muri" means "Puffed Rice". Jhalmuri is not just Spicy Puffed Rice; it is much more than that! It's an explosion of flavors, different tastes, and textures tossed together to make a mouthwatering delicious snack. 

Although Jhal Muri originated in Kolkata, it is also very popular in the neighboring states of Orissa and even Bihar. And not only in India, but it is also very famous and widely consumed in Bangladesh too!

What is Jhal Muri?

Jhal Muri is a street food snack from the Eastern parts of India. It's made by tossing crispy puffed rice with the following:

  • Jhal Muri masala
  • Pickled mustard oil
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Green chilies, and
  • Coriander leaves

To add a crispy, crunchy texture, you can also add:

  • Roasted peanuts
  • Bhujiya, and
  • Chana chur

You can add the above ingredients at the end.

Some versions of Jhal Muri also use:

  • Sprouted black chickpeas (kala chana)
  • Boiled white peas, and
  • Freshly chopped coconut

The resulting Jhal Muri is sweet, spicy, and tangy. It's loaded with a punch of flavours that will leave you craving for more. It should be served immediately after mixing; otherwise, the muri begins to soften upon resting.

Jhal Muri (spicy puffed rice) exists in several forms all over India. It has regional names in each state. Each variant of Jhal Muri is fine-tuned to suit regional taste buds. Some of these are:

  • Bhel Puri
  • Churumuri, and
  • Girmit

The above are some similar dishes made with crispy puffed rice.

The main difference between the Jhal muri and the other dish versions is the use of pickled mustard oil. Mustard Oil gives that unique and divine flavour to Jhal Muri.

You can have Jhalmuri on its own as a snack. You can even serve it with crispy Onion pakodas or Mirchi bhajjis.

How to make Jhal Muri at home?

Jhal muri is a quick-to-make, spicy, and hot street food snack. It is made with the following:

  • Puffed rice grains
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Onions, and
  • A few basic ingredients

This jhal muri recipe will help you make Jhal Muri at home in the quickest, easiest way possible.


Jhal Muri is one of West Bengal's most famous street food snacks. It's an explosion of flavors, different tastes, and textures tossed together to make a mouthwatering delicious snack.

Print Recipe
  • Prep Time - 15 minutes 
  • Cook Time - 1 minute 
  • Total Time - 16 minutes 
  • Servings - 4


  • 2-½ cups - Puffed rice (i.e., muri, murmure, or pori)
  • 1 large - Boiled potato (or about ½ a cup)
  • 1 small - Onion (about 1/3 cup chopped finely)
  • 1 medium - Finely chopped tomato (about 1/3 of a cup)
  • ¼ cup - Finely chopped cucumber
  • 2 - Chopped green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons - Finely chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon -  Salt (or black salt), as required
  • ½ teaspoon - Alco red chilli powder (use as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon - Alco Jeera powder (cumin powder)
  • ¾ teaspoon - Alco Jhal Muri masala powder (or Alco chaat masala or amchur)
  • ¼ cup - Roasted peanuts (skinned)
  • ¼ cup - Chanachur or sev or farsan
  • Lemon juice (as per preferences)
  • 1 tablespoon - Mustard oil (or oil from pickle)

Method of Cooking

  1. To make jhal muri, we need crisp puffed rice. If the puffed rice is not crispy, dry roast them in a pan for a few minutes. Set the puffed rice aside.
  2. Boil the potato till it's just cooked. Cut it into cubes. Set them aside.
  3. Dry roast peanuts. Remove their skin. Set these aside.
  4. Chop the following: Tomatoes, Onions, Green chilies, and Coriander leaves.
  5. To a mixing bowl, add the following: Tomatoes, Cucumber, Onions, Potatoes, Coriander leaves, and Green chilies.
  6. Now, add the following: Salt, Alco Red chili powder, Jeera powder, and Chaat masala.
  7. Squeeze the lemon. Stir the mix well.
  8. Add peanuts and puffed rice.
  9. Toss the entire mix.
  10. You can add more puffed rice if the mixture is moist.
  11. Add chanachur, or sev.
  12. That's all! Serve jhal muri immediately.

Now, if you find the above cooking steps too daunting or are in a rush, don't worry. You can make equally (if not more!) delicious Jhal Muri with Alco's Jhal Muri Masala. It gives instant mouthwatering Jhal Muri without you breaking into a sweat working with all the above ingredients.

Besides Alco Jhal Muri Masala, Alco Foods offers a vast range of masalas and instant gravy mixes. Try our products, and your food will turn out to be next-level delicious!

Cooking Notes

  • Chanachur is a common farsan or mixture in Bengali-style. Instead of Chanachur, you can use any other crunchies you have at hand.
  • Jhal Muri masala is a spice powder used to make jhal muri. It usually consists of the following:
  1. Coriander
  2. Amchur
  3. Cumin
  4. Rock salt
  5. Pepper etc.

You can buy top-quality Jhal Muri Masala, like Alco Jhal Muri Masala, at all supermarkets across India. If you don't have Jhal Muri Masala, substitute it with Alco Jeera powder an Alco chaat masala.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 138 | Calories from Fat: 72 | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat 1g | Sodium 269mg | Potassium: 184mg | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 3g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3.6mg


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