Whats in the name?
Lets go word by word.”Jhal” is a Hindi slang for “Very spicy” and “Mudi” is “puffed rice”.So basically spicy puffed rice.Not ‘chili’ spice necessarily but the blend of spices brought together for your taste bud in one bite.
Visual which comes in my mind with ‘Jhal Mudi’ is back in the days,when we played out in the evening on the street with friends in neighborhood.As evening approached,you will hear the voice of a man,who is coming with the cart,yelling out ‘Jhal Mudi’ and ringing the bell.Then you run to your mom and ask if you can buy it.If answer is yes,then you wait for the ‘Jhal Mudi’ man to get close to your home,you tell him, what you want.He will quickly mix bunch of stuff while you watch and salivate.After he is done mixing it,he will fold a paper cone in a snap and pour the ‘Jhal Mudi’ and hand it to you,taking money in return.You walk back to your friends,to rejoin the game where you left,eating it as you walk.Sooooo nostalgic…i get totally transported back to when i was 3rd grader.
I do not remember the last time i had this.It must be back when i lived with my parents,decade ago.Yesterday,when i got back home,i was hungry and looking for something to munch on.Thats when i noticed half pack of “muri” and next i know i am eating ‘Jhal Muri” after such long time.There is not much of the recipe here.
- Add 1/4 of small chopped onion,handful of cilantro leaves and 1 heaping tablespoon of spicey Indian pickle to 1 cup of “Muri”.Mix it well.Enjoy.
- You can add roasted peanuts if you like.Roasted Indian chickpeas are commonly added.
- Add some lemon/lime juice to it.Just a squeeze,you do not want to make ‘mudi’ too soggy.
- Spiciness is completely dependent on type of Indian pickle you use.Homemade Indian pickles are less strong/pungent then the store bought but i had to rely on store for this.
- Street hawkers who sell it on their cart,have a mix of dry spices,drizzle of oil and squeeze of lemon juice to ‘Mudi’.It remains crispy and cruncy.Ridiculously good.At home,we make it with pickles,which has all the spices.Keep it simple.