This is one of the simplest recipes from South Karnataka which has sustained its popularity for several decades. Growing up in Mangalore, then a small town, this snack is associated with many happy childhood memories - buying it wrapped in newspaper cones from street vendors after playing in the park on Lighthouse Hill; back from school, digging into it in my home kitchen. In those days we were not exposed to Bhel Puri and other chaats. Still, in spite of the invasion of chaats from Bombay, Delhi or Calcutta, Charmuri Upkari remains a popular evening snack in home kitchens and as a street food. The later however, now has some additions like chopped tomato, green mango and coriander leaves.
- Oil, preferably extra virgin coconut oil 2-3teaspoon
- Chilli powder ¾ teaspoon or to taste
- Salt ¼ teaspoon or to taste
- Finely chopped onion 1/3 cup
- Puffed rice 2 cups, generous
- Grated coconut ½ cup
- Few pieces of tomato, green mango and chopped coriander leaves, optional