Eating bhajjis and murri mixture out of newspaper packages on the beach road of my city, Vishakhapatnam aka Vizag, has its own fun. There are numerous bajji wallas along the beach road that open during the evenings to serve the famous street foods – bajjis and murri mixture. You have mirchi ka bajjis (mirapakaaya bajji) to spice things up a bit…:) but murri mixture is the most famous of them all.
Murri mixture is a typical Andhra street food fare, a mix of puffed rice, onions, tomato, peanuts, lemon juice and lots of fresh coriander leaves (cilantro). Its tangy, lightly spicy.
Andhra street food is a culinary tradition that most Andhras wouldnâ€™t dream of doing without. It includes sweets, bajjis, pakoras, snacks and breads sold on city streets. Street food here is a learning experience by itself, cooked right before your eyes, reassuring not only of the freshness of the food being made but also the ingredients that go into preparing it.
That’s Ramu my favorite bajji wala with his mobile bajji /murri mixture stall..:)
While many regions in India have their own versions of puffed rice mixture the most famous being the bhelpuri, the south indian version (andhra) is called murri mixture where puffed rice forms the base of the mixture.
To the puffed rice, add some finely chopped tomatoes, onions and green chillies or chilli pwd, coriander leaves, roasted peanuts, boiled chick peas, chopped mammidi allam (mango ginger- a excellent herb which is optional), salt and a dash of lime and mix it well. You can add boiled channa too. Voila ..your murri mixture is ready!
[3 cups puffed rice, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, 1 chopped green chilli, 1/3 tsp chilli pwd (optional), 3 tbsp roasted peanuts, 2 tbsp boiled chick peas, 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves,s alt to taste, 1 tbsp chopped mango ginger (optional) and 1 1/2 tsps lemon juice