This post is dedicated to my father who’s favourite snack to make is Charmbure Upkari and my husband who’s only reply for “what’s for evening snack?” is Charmbure Upkari. My kids have gone after them and they love it a lot too.
It’s easy for me as well. Hardly takes time to mix everything and is so tasty that the whole family is happy with me. I am happy too since it’s a healthy snack to munch on.
Charmbure Upkari is most famous during temple festivals in South Canara regions and also available outside temples at other times. They give it in a paper cone and it’s so delightful to see them make it. Some also add raw mango to it but since we don’t get it here, I make it without it. Here’s sharing how we make our Charmbure Upkari.
2 Cups Puffed rice/ Charmburo/ Bhel
1/2 Cup Sev/ Bhujiya
3 Tbsp peeled and finely grated Carrot
1 small Onion, finely chopped
1 small Tomato, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped ( or to taste) *can skip if making for kids
3 Tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Peanuts
2 tsp Sambar powder
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder (or to taste) *can skip if making for kids
2 tsp Coconut oil (plus 1 tsp to fry peanuts)
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
Salt to taste
Step by step recipe:
1. Add the finely chopped Onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chillies, grated carrots in a large mixing bowl. (Add finely chopped raw mango too if available)
2. Add sambar powder, salt and red chilli powder( if adding).
3. Now fry peanuts in oil and add to the mixture along with sev/ bhujiya.
4. Now add the Bhel/ Charmburo along with coconut oil and lemon juice. Mix well.
5. To a taste test and add more sambar powder/ red chilli powder/ lemon juice if required. Serve Immediately. Else the Charmbure upkari turns soggy and not crisp.
* If I have the time, I sometimes dry roast the Charmburo/ Bhel before adding to the upkari so that it does not turn soggy while serving.
* Do serve it immediately after mixing everything. Else it turns soggy.
* All the ingredients are to taste and you can make changes according to your family’s taste buds.