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Girmit Recipe-North Karnataka Style Masala Spicy Puffed Rice Chaat

Girmit is a very popular tea time snack or street food of North Karnataka. It is usually served with mirchi bajji. It is a very tasty snack prepared with puffed rice.

Course Snacks
Cuisine Karnataka
Keyword Girmit, Masala Puffed rice chaat, spicy puffed rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Ingredients needed

  • 1 bowl Puffed rice (pori) (1 big bowl)
  • Small Gooseberry sized tamarind
  • 1 Onion  finely chopped
  • 3 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery Powder
  • Salt needed
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Gram Dal Powder/fried gram  (pottukadalai)
  • 1 cup Tamarind Extract
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves

For the Seasoning 

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 pinches Asafoetida/Hing



  1. Soak small marble sized tamarind in a cup of hot water for 30 mins. Extract 1 cup of tamarind juice and discard the pulp.


  1. Heat 3 tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida , green chillies and curry leaves.

  2. Once mustard seeds splutter, add finely chopped onions.

  3. Saute until onions turn golden brown.

  4. Add salt, turmeric powder and jaggery powder.

  5. Once onion turns golden brown, add tamarind extract.

  6. Cook until the mixture thickens.

  7. Add a tsp of roasted gram dal powder and mix well.

  8. Once it thickens, turn off heat. Let it cool. This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

  9. You can use it when needed.

How to Serve Girmit

  1. In a big vessel, add the puffed rice, needed paste we prepared and mix well.

  2. Add the  rest of the roasted gram dal powder and mix well.

  3. Add finely chopped onion, finely chopped tomato, coriander leaves and mix.

  4. Finally garnish with onion, tomato, sev and enjoy.