Kolhapur is a historical city in Maharashtra. India. It is also famous in India for its handcrafted leather slipper (also known as Kolhapuri chappal). But for food lovers, it is a place of super spicy food. So this Kolhapuri bhadang masala is also a spicy snack. This is a puffed rice (murmura) based traditional snack which is very popular across the Indian state Maharashtra.
Please scroll down to find Kolhapuri bhadang masala recipe
Kolhapuri food & my experiences
Kolhapuri dishes are super spicy. If you are ordering any Kolhapuri dish then always order a dessert item unless you are habitual and can effortlessly deal with such foods, haha. I can remember that day when I mistakenly ordered Kolhapuri pulao and when it was served, I found it unexpected spicy but tasty too. So I also ordered sweet mojito soda water to deal with spices, more particularly red chilies.
I also heard people in Mumbai talking to each other regarding eating spicy food. A person was saying another person that he usually sweat a lot because he eats a lot of spicy food. This was not just one time actually I noticed such conversation multiple times, haha. A few days back, I also heard such interesting (funny too) conversation on a television show where a police officer saying the same thing to another police officer. It helped me to realize that they know that there may be some side effects of eating such spicy food regularly but they still eat such super spicy food. Actually, it is not only Kolhapuri dishes, pick any other Maharashtrian snack (Batata vada pav, usal pav, misal pav, pav bhaji, pani puri etc). You will find that each item is spicy, super delicious and comes with little extra chili. Not only snacks but also there are many main courses which are super spicy. But Kolhapuri dishes are much more than anything else. If you see Kolhapuri is mentioned before the name of any food then you should assume it would be spicy & ofcourse tasty.
Me at Kolhapur
I have even tried some snacks at Kolhapur which were tasty but certainly spicy too. My first visit was in 2014, I accidentally spent some times at Kolhapur and tried misal pav which was deliciously horrible, haha. I have mentioned that story at my previous post ” Delicious Kolhapuri misal with fresh pav”.
Okay, now coming to the point which is Kolhapuri bhadang masala with tea. I do not know why this food is named so. If it has any particular meaning in the Marathi language then Marathi readers can help me to know this or anybody who knows its meaning then please share it with us by leaving a comment below. Bhadang masala is a light snack prepared with puffed rice (murmura/kurmura/muri) and some spices. Sometimes finely chopped tomato, onion, coriander leaves and sev/farsan etc added on the top.
I love this food to have with tea, particularly with masala tea. This combination of Kolhapuri bhadang masala and tea is really perfect, if it is raining outside then nothing can be better than this. Normally, here red chili powder is added like sugar is added to a sweet dish. I mean they add more red chili but I do add only that much red chili powder what I can enjoy. So you can adjust red chili powder according to your taste but if you want to have actual taste then ad as much as possible, haha.
Kolhapuri bhadang masala recipe
- 100 gm puffed rice/murmura
- Handful peanuts
- 10 garlic cloves
- 20-25 curry leaves/kadi patta
- 2 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- Pinches of asafoetida/hing
- Black salt as needed
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- ¼ cup finely chopped tomato
- ¼ cup farsan/sev, optional
- Handful chopped coriander leaves
- Heat oil in a kadai/cooking pot, add garlic cloves (mash with your knife before adding), curry leaves and peanuts and cook till peanut cooked perfectly
- Now add hing/asafoetida, red chili powder and stir for next 1-2 minutes, then add puffed rice/murmura/kurmura and switch off fire
- Now add black salt & chaat masala and mix with puffed rice and keep it on the on the oven for next 3-4 minutes to make puffed rice crispy
- Now pour it in serving bowl and add some finely chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves, add some farsan/sev if you want and serve
This Kolhapuri bhadang masala recipe is very simple and all those ingredients are easily available in any Indian household. Nobody needs to be expert to make such delicious snack at home. I just love to have this awesome Kolhapuri bhadang masala snack with spicy tea.