Friday, May 30, 2014

Quick "puffed wheat" snack

I wonder how many of you are aware of this item called “Puffed wheat”. Believe me, this item was absolutely new to me as well a few weeks ago.

It so happened, that one day, me and my spouse went to Malleshwaram ( a suburb in Bangalore) for some work. On the side walk/footpath, we saw a few vendors selling some items in huge gunny bags and they all had quite a few customers. Well, after our work and on our return, my curiosity got the better of me, and besides, there were fewer customers; I peered into the gunny bag and saw what resembled like the puffed rice but three/four times its size and it had a slight golden tinge to it. On inquiring, I was told that it was “Puffed Wheat”. The vendor lady even suggested as to how this can be used as a snack. I prepared this exactly the way she told me. The garnish part of it is my addition to the recipe which in my opinion, makes it all the more tasty. Try it and see it for yourself. It's healthy, and a tasty tea-time snack that can be prepared in a jiffy. 

One point to note is that its slightly salty and hence avoid adding salt while preparing.



Puffed Wheat 2 cups
For Seasoning:

Oil 1 -2 tsps
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Green chilly (chopped) 1
Asafaetida (hing) A pinch
For garnish

Coconut gratings 1 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp


  1. Heat oil in a pan or kadai.
  2. Add all the seasoning ingredients. When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add the puffed wheat. Stir well for about 2 mins keeping the flame low. Remove from flame.
  3. Just before serving, garnish with coconut gratings and chopped coriander leaves.
  4. Serve immediately.

Puffed wheat

Tempering under process

Garnished with freshly grated coconut & chopped coriander leaves 

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves : 2-3 persons

  • Salt is not required in the recipe.
  • It can be also be prepared like "bhel" (Sukha bhel or chutney bhel) or “charmure upkari”.  Be innovative and add your own masala or eat it as it is. Its nice and crunchy.


  1. Never heard of puffed wheat. It sounds simple, easy and delicious to make. Yum snack!

  2. I use this to make bhel and snack too, always in need of healthy munching, love to see you at my space whenever you have chance.

  3. Wow. I love puffed rice. So I'm sure I will like this too. I used to pass by Malleshwaram whenever I used to visit my husband's family in mattikere. I love that locality. Even I've seen them selling mandakki, avalakki and such stuff on the side path. After reading your post, I would have surely bought it if I were in India ;-) what is it called in Kannada ?

  4. Can munch on this healthy snack guilt free...

  5. Love puffed rice! Very well made!

  6. Very attractive snack,healthy and guilt free.

  7. I found this puffed wheat only in the Malleswaram market, as you have mentioned! It is quite crunchy and tasty when seasoned and tossed like this. Your snack looks very inviting.

  8. We have it as ready made; like stirred for the aromatic taste; something like what you did. But not sure if I can buy the wheat by itself. I love the scent from the herbs.

  9. Never seen this product. Seems larger than puffed rice and would make a better bhel. Wonder why it is salty, do they add the salt in the soaking before subjecting the grain to heat in order to puff it ? Interesting.

  10. Quick and healthy recipe dear!!

  11. healthy and yummy snack.looks delicious.