When rice is made heated rice in a sand filled oven, it gets puffed. Puffed rice is popularly known as muri, mudhi and murmure in India. Puffed rice is commonly sprinkled on several other dishes in the end to give it a good look and taste. This variety of rice is popular across the country and is very nutritious as well. It is believed to be rich in proteins and vitamins. When puffed rice is eaten along with fiber rich sprouts, it controls blood glucose fluctuations to a large extent. A popular analogy of puffed rice is: What popcorn is to corn, puffed rice is to rice.
One of the most popular of puffed rice is in the Bhel puri, a snack which is very sour and spicy and popular across the country, especially on the western region. It is also used in making crispy chikki balls which are a hit amongst kids. Many NGO's promote puffed rice in the interior areas of the country as it is very healthy, cheap and easily available. Moreover, it has medicinal values and can be digested easily.