Chanachur is popular in West Bengal as well as Bangladesh. It is a very tasty & mouthwatering snack. People love to have a bowl of puffed rice (muri) and chanachur in the evening along with a cup of hot tea. This is a very very common evening snack. You can not find any Bengali who will dislike it. But what is called chanachur in English & Hindi too? Does it popular outside Bengal? Do you think the same? All queries will be clear once you will come to know its Hindi & English meaning.
I can still remember when I went to buy a packet of chanachur from the local store in Delhi. It was my initial days in Delhi. I bought a packet of muri. I asked for muri and the shopkeeper gor it correctly and said “murmura?”. Then I asked for chanachur. I took at least 5 minutes to let him know what exactly I want. I was good in Hindi. But I had no idea about the meaning of chanachur in Hindi or chanachur in English. Then he showed me various stuff that I can have with murmura (puffed rice). But when he showed me a few packets of roasted moong dal, gathiya, peanuts. Then I said I want something where all these items are there. I found a big smile on his face and said “okay, you want mixed namkeen.”
Yes, it is called mixed savoury snack in English.
And you can say mixed namkeen in Hindi. Don’t try to replace ‘mixed’ with a Hindi word.
Types of chanachur
There are different types of chanachur available in the market. Those are mainly limited to
- Hot & spicy Flavor
- Sweet in taste
- Hot, sour & sweet flavor
Some awesome dishes prepared with chanachur
So now you came to know what is called chanachur in both languages. Did you know this before? But I think nowadays many Bengali speaking people know this because people spend a lot of time on the internet. They watch movies, series, shop online, buy groceries & vegetables from the online stores too.