One evening this December, we had a rare opportunity of staying home after a long time. My husband eagerly spread out the scrabble board, our favorite pastime, while I pottered around in the kitchen to make cups of nice and hot filter coffee. A big plastic container full of puffed rice sitting demurely on the kitchen platform caught my eye. The thought of making churmuri to munch with coffee brightened my face. To my good luck and wonder of wonders, all the necessary ingredients were handy. Churmuri was made in a jiffy while milk boiled and coffee percolated. Our evening was made.
If I can make churmuri, so can you! Here is how…
Puffed rice-2 cups
Onion-1medium, finely sliced
carrot-1 small, grated
Tomato-1small, chopped fine
Coriander/pudina leaves-2 tbs, chopped fine
Green chillies-2, deseeded and chopped fine(Optional)
Filtered groundnut oil-2 tsp for dressing
Lemon juice-to taste
Fresh grated coconut- 2tbs-garnish(Optional)
In a huge bowl combine puffed rice with salt, oil and rasam powder. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately with slices of cucumber and your favourite drink.
This snack is healthy and light, can be made in a jiffy. Satisfies taste buds while nourishing the body with the goodness of raw vegetables and herbs.
Tip: Sprouted and lightly steamed whole green gram (Moong) can be added to increase nutritional value and crunch.
Finely chopped pineapple pieces can be added to give a dash of sweet taste.
Possibilities are endless. Unleash your creativity to improvise on this versatile dish. Share!