It was evening, and hunger pangs were making our stomach growl furiously. There was no time to make a time consuming snack, we all wanted something healthy and not too heavy. (The dinner menu looked very mouth wateringly promising!).
Rekha, our house keeper jumped to the rescue of our collective moaning tummies. She quickly chopped some onions, made a tadka of spices and curry leaves, took a large helping of puffed rice and to my astonishment, dumped it in a sieve and ran it under running water for a good 3 to 4 minutes.
By now I should not be surprised and astounded by the different ways and methods people around me cook. Rekha and my cousins and family continuously come up with new techniques and unique mixes. My last post was one such experience.
As recipes go, this one is the easiest, quickest snack you can make. You can make the onion mixture ahead of time and soak and mix the puffed rice (kurmura) just before serving.
Most of the ingredients are normally available in all Indian house holds, so there is no need to go rushing to the nearest grocer to buy something. You can of course make it spicer, more sour, add garlic … there is no end to how you can play around with the dish.
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- 3 Cups Puffed Rice (kurmura)
- 1 Tspn Mustard Seeds (rai)
- 1 onion Chopped finely
- 15 -20 Curry Leaves
- 2 Tspn Green Chillies finely chopped
- 1/2 Tspn Turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1/4 Cup Peanuts roasted and coarsely crushed
- 2 Tbspn Coconut Grated
- 1 Tbspn lemon juice
- 1 Tspn salt
- Dry roast, remove the skin and coarsely crush the peanuts.
- Keep aside
- Grate the coconut and keep aside.
- In a pan, add the oil.
- When hot add the mustard seeds.
- When the splutter, add the chopped onions.
- Fry for a bit, then add the curry leaves.
- Fry for a few minutes more. When the onion becomes translucent, add the green chillies.
- Add the turmeric powder and salt and fry well.
- Shut the flame and keep this mixture aside.
- When you want to serve it, put all the puffed rice into a sieve and wash for 3 to 5 minutes under running water.
- tightly squeeze all the water out and keep the soaked puff rice aside.
- Before serving, add the puffed rice to the onion mixture. (you don't have to start the fire at this point)
- Add the peanuts, grated coconut, coriander leaves and lemon juice.
- Mix well and serve immediately.