Pori production has been the main family business for centuries among many villages around Namakkal, Avinashi in Tamil Nadu. In Telangana, as a snack typically given to children, puffed rice or bongulu is made into ball with jaggery sugar syrup or bellam pakam.
Jhal Mudhi (Puffed rice) of Baripada Mudhi is a staple food of people of Odisha,Northern Odisha, especially Baripada, Mayurbhanj district is significant for the production of Mudhi, where throughout the state it is eaten in breakfast. NGOs have taken forward initiatives to engage village women of northern Odisha for producing Mudhi.Intellectual property rights (IPR) Cell of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has decided to bring out Geographical indication (GI) registration of Mudhi.
Central Government of India in the banner of Make in India decided Mudhi from Odisha will be part Indian traditional food among 12 traditional dishes from different states that would be launched globally.
Uggani and Bajji (Steamed puffed rice and Fritters); a typical breakfast of Rayalaseema. Puffed rice is referred to as mur-mure in some parts of India. In many parts of Andhra Pradesh, North Karnataka uggani along with Mirapakaaya Bajji (Chilli Bajjis) are popular. In Karnataka, Mandakki Usli made from mandakki is also famous. In Maithili area, “murhi” is had with “kachari”-fried potato/onion chops, fried fish or with mutton curry. “Jhal-murhi” and “Murhi-Bhuja” are also very popular snacks in this area. In Madhya Pradesh, this is referred to as Parmal and it’s very often eaten with Sev as a snack and also used in Bhel.
In the United States and Europe, puffed rice is served with milk as a breakfast cereal, such as the brand Rice Krispies. Some chocolate bars, such as the Nestlé Crunch, include puffed rice, and puffed rice cakes are sold as low-calorie snacks.
A traditional puffed rice called muri is made by heating rice in a sand-filled oven. Muri is to rice as popcorn is to corn. The processing involved makes rice less perishable. Mandakki is a staple food in many parts of Rayalaseema, North Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal and Bangladesh. Jhalmuri or Masalemandakki is a very popular preparation made from mandakki (muri).
Puffed rice is formed by the reaction of both starch and moisture when heated within the shell of the grain. Unlike popcorn, rice kernels are naturally lacking in moisture and must first be conditioned with steam. Puffed rice can be created by heating the steam-conditioned kernels either with oil or in an oven. Rice puffed in this way is crisp, and known as “crisped rice”. Oven-crisped rice is used to produce the Rice Kris pies breakfast cereal as well as the crisped rice used in Lion Bars, Nestlé Crunch, Crackle, and similar chocolate bars.