Lemony Puffed Rice Bhel or Mixture is as healthy a snack as you can find. Puffed Rice has lesser calories than rice, and is fluffy, light and easily digestible. It has more volume than regular rice and almost no fat but it does not keep you full for a long time.
In India, puffed rice is known as ‘muri’ or ‘mur-mure’. It is enormously popular as an ingredient in bhel puri. Bhel is a popular Indian and is made with onions, potatoes, coriander chutney, tamarind chutney, chaat masala and lemon juice whereas in South India we know it as murmura mixture.
My first memories of eating this mixture go way back to my school days. We had this watchman named John who would sell it during our break time. Ours was a Convent school, all girls and with stern nuns. John was an exception who was allowed inside the school and set up his stall of puffed rice mixture. We found him very fascinating; he could do almost everything around the school. When he made the mixture, he used a coconut shell as a bowl and we used to think that the magic of the taste was in that coconut shell and that is why the mixture that he sold was so very delicious. I tried making it at home the way he did but the taste was never the same!
As I eat light dinner, this puffed rice mixture is on the menu at least once a week and sometimes more if I eat lunch outside. You can add roasted peanuts, peas or any other grains of your choice.
Recipe For Lemony Puffed Rice Bhel or Mixture
¼ cup flattened rice mixture (from the store)
1 onion sliced finely
Salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder
Juice of one lemon
Take the puffed rice and flattened rice in a bowl, add the sliced onion, salt and chilli powder. Mix thoroughly. Mixing with your hands is the best way to do it. Add the lemon juice and coriander leaves and dig right in. It’s a little spicy, tangy, and crunchy…..just delicious! Lemony Puffed Rice Bhel or Mixture can be eaten at any time; even as a midnight snack!