Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple Churumuri / Spicy Apple Salad

I do not have too many memories of eating in restaurants when I was young. Mainly because we didn't have too much money to spend on that luxury. But, I do have very fond memories of myself and two of my friends taking long walks almost every other day and eating 'churmuri' - a street food made with puffed rice and onions, carrots on the way back home. There was this vendor near 'Ballal Circle' in Mysore who made it so good that thinking about it makes my mouth water even now after 2 decades.
We waited for him to get mangoes in season to enjoy mango churmuri. I had not eaten it anywhere but there. He didn't use any puffed rice in that at all. It was mango pieces (Totapuri mavinakayi) mixed with some onions, chillies, and spices. It used to be very very spicy but that made us like it even more. I had made the regular churmuri couple of weeks back for my friends when we went on an impromptu picnic. That made me remember that mango version and since I can't get good mangoes here, I converted that to use apples. Grannysmith apples work better, but I didn't have any, so I used whatever I had on hand.
One year back - Chocolate Rolls
Apples - 5 medium sized ones (I used 3 gala and 2 ginger gold)
Red Onions - 2 medium or 1 large chopped fine
Carrots - 5 medium peeled and grated
Green Chillies - 4 or as per taste chopped very fine (almost minced)
Oil - 2 TBSP
Lime - 1
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Cilantro - chopped about 1/4 cup
Roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup chopped coarsely (Or use these spicy peanuts)
Salt - to taste

In a bowl, take the grated carrots, chopped onions, minced green chillies, cilantro. Mix well. Fill water in a bowl. Add a pinch or two of salt to it or squeeze couple of drops of lime juice. Core apples and cut them into small chunks. Add the chunks to the bowl of water. Let it sit for few minutes and then drain completely. Add them to the onion, carrot mixture and toss together. Sprinkle oil, salt and squeeze lime juice on it and mix well. If using chilli powder, sprinkle that too. Mix everything well and check for the seasonings. Adjust if necessary. Add coarsely chopped roasted peanuts and mix. Serve immediately.

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  1. Thats quite innovative and healthy.

  2. very creative and very tempting... like to read the way you narrate your experiences :)


  3. Apple salad seems Yumm and healthy.Delicious Clicks too.

  4. i like these simple spicy and tangy street foods. just the thought of it makes my mouth water too.. and i miss good ripe mangoes.. we used to make similar spicy salads at home.

  5. That is very nice.. when the usual recipe gets tweeked with what is available , the end result is an amazing delicious one..:) Very good narration..

  6. Yummy and looks very delicious!! love the clicks too.

  7. YUmm, excellent salad, love the addition of peanuts in it..

  8. wow, that looks great. I tried your banana chocolate chip bread yesterday and it came out very well. Going to blog about it tomorrow :)

  9. I don't use oil at all & also add some raisins(kishmish)I simple call it your daughter says Apples are not meant to be eaten like this..they should come with a tag wash & eat!

  10. I found your blog through Susan's The well seasoned cook blog. I am from mysore too. Churmuri is my absolute favorite and nothing beats the ballal circle churmuri gaadi.

  11. I made this spciy apple salad last night. I sustituted serrano pepper for the other heat and it was a fantastic side dish. Thank you for your healthy and delicious recipes!


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