Bhadang as said in Marathi, is a light, low calorie, less oily snack made from Puffed Rice. Other names for Puffed Rice are Mamra or Kurmure or Churmure. Instead of garlic you can use mustard seeds and asafetida/hing for tempering as well.
Puffed Rice/Mamra/Kurmura - 7 cups
Peanuts/Groundnuts - 1 cup Garlic - 5 big cloves Curry Leaves - a sprig (optional) Red Chili Powder - 2 tsp Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp Powdered Sugar - 1/2 tsp Oil - 3 tbsp
How to make Marathi Bhadang:
Wash curry leaves and pat them dry.
Heat oil in a kadhai/wok. Fry the peanuts till color changes slightly. Save the fried peanuts for later. Add more oil if required.
Now, in the same kadhai, add crushed garlic and dry curry leaves. Sauté until garlic turns golden brown.
Turn off the heat and add puffed rice. Then add fried peanuts, red chili powder, turmeric, salt and sugar. Do not add the powders, salt and sugar in hot oil, it will form lumps. Generally the store bought ones are with loads of red chili powder, add more if you like.
Mix well and Bhadang is ready. Keep tossing/mixing after every 30 minutes so that all the powders are evenly mixed. After it cools completely, store it in an air tight container.