Uttar Pradesh is a food lover’s haven with each and every district and town offering a variety of local delicacies that are simply divine. The quality of food in this state is unbelievably high and everyone you meet will be able to dish out his or her ancestral recipes with utmost ease.
The holy city of Prayagraj like Banaras has been a favourite haunt of many food connoisseurs over the years. A peek into the Hindu scriptural texts, classical literature and memoirs will reveal the beautiful food created in Prayagraj since the ancient times.
A popular chatpata street food of Prayagraj is masala churmura available in every street corner. Though churmura is a fairly common snack made in every part of India, the masala churmura you get in Prayagraj is in a class of its own.
Generally made out of puffed rice, peanuts, chutney and chickpeas, churmura can be eaten pretty much any time of the day or night. Coriander leaves, tomato, onions and green chillies are finely chopped and mixed together. This is added to a generous portion of puffed rice in a large vessel along with imli chutney (tamarind), salt, dhania powder (coriander powder), jeera powder (cumin powder), chaat masala, roasted peanuts, bhujia and a dash of lemon juice. Sometimes, chickpeas, diced potato and sliced mango are also added. During the mango season, mango chutney that has a lovely tangy yet sweet flavour is added to it.
All these vigorously mixed together and skilfully scooped up into the standard size paper cones and topped off with some sev. This tangy yet spicy and crunchy masala churmura is the ideal snack to munch on while waiting for your evening bus or out shopping.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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