GIRMITT ( A delicious street food from Dharwad North Karnataka)

Girmitt is a favourite popular street chaat most commonly eaten in regions of North Karnataka mainly Dharwad , Hubbali regions. It is almost similar to bhel with little variations. In fact it is also called as poor mans bhel as it is a no frills simple pori/ murmura garnished with basic ingredients.

Girmitt and hot tea or cha ha as it is fondly called is the life saver to many a college canteen goer and all university students throng to the little tea shop cha ha angadi as it is known for a bite of girmitt with tea, mirchi bajji etc..Having lived and grown up in Dharwad this dish is no doubt my favourite when it comes to satisfying quick hunger pangs.

Even writing about Girmitt has me in nostalgia and am ready to devour a plate right now.

The Youtube video gives the method and a detailed recipe below .

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2 cups churmori/ pori/ Murmura/ Mandakki 
1-2 tbsp fried gram dal powder.

Some fried peanuts
2-3 green chillies to be fried seperately and served with salt sprinkled on them.
some curry leaves,
Chopped coriander leaves.

To prepare the spicy tangy masala

2 small onions finely sliced 
1 tomato finely chopped 

1 tbsp oil
1 cup tamrind extract water.
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chopped green chillies
1 tsp chopped garlic.
salt as required
pinch of turmeric powder
pinch of hing powder 
some curry leaves.

To garnish for topping 

1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
some chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup Sev / bhujiya 
slice of lime 


First heat a pan, add oil.
When oil is hot add the chopped garlic,  mustard seeds,cumin seeds,
Add  green chillies and curry leaves.
Add the sliced  onions, tomatoes , and sautee a bit.
Add turmeric powder, hing powder, salt.
Add tamrind water and now let this mixture thicken a bit.

Meanwhile fry about 3-4 green chillies in little oil till it looks white and wilted. keep it aside after sprinkling some salt on it .This is usually served with girmitt.

Check on the girmitt masala getting ready .
when mixture starts thickening, add a tsp of the fried gram powder to the mixture to help it thicken a bit. It also makes the sauce very tasty. Fried gram powder is optional .
Remove the thickened spicy tangy girmitt sauce and keep aside.

How to assemble:

Take a deep wide utensil.Add the cleaned murmura,/ churmori/pori
Add about 2-3 tbsp of the prepared sauce, mix well,  add a tsp of the fried gram powder to it.
Now add the toppings of chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, sev/ bhujiya and fried peanuts.
Serve with fried green chillies and a lime wedge.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Yummy delightful girmitt is ready to be devoured with tea.

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