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Spring picnic idea – Masala pori / phori / puffed rice with chai

Spring picnic idea – Masala pori / phori / puffed rice with chai

This month’s theme for World on a plate is Spring picnic ideas and I am sharing the recipe for an easy breezy snack – masala phori (puffed rice). The pungent garlic and crispy curry leaves compliments wonderfully with the crunchy puffed rice. I have added turmeric powder to give it a milk yellow hue. Overall its a quick and filling snack for toddlers, kids, adults and for everyone in between. Masala phori is a common snack made by U perimma and as a gang of three (perimma, D and me), we are big addicts to tea time snacks (norukku theeni) and our family fondly refer us as “Santha Grinders” as we always munch something or the other. From uppu kadalai to kai murukku to yelandha vadai, we are game to eat it anyday anytime.

Masala Phori

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine South Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large packet of Phori (puffed rice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 4 garlic with skin on crushed
  • 4 dry red chillies snapped
  • 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Garnish

  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Remove about 6 cups of puffed rice to a fresh bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large cooking pan / kadai. Once they oil ripples, add the mustard seeds and let it pop. Then throw in the curry leaves and let it crisp up, about 60 seconds. Then add the garlic and dry red chillies. Saute for 30 seconds. Finally add turmeric and cook till the raw smell disappears, about 60 seconds.
  • Add the phori / puffed rice and cook on medium low flame for 30 minutes, sauteing every 5 minutes and wait till they crisp up. Do a taste test after 30 minutes to check for crunchyness.
  • Sprinkle salt and roasted peanuts. Mix well and serve with hot chai.

Notes

  1. Heat oil in a large cooking pan / kadai. Once they oil ripples, add the mustard seeds and let it pop.
  2. Then throw in the curry leaves and let it crisp up, about 60 seconds.
  3. Then add the garlic and dry red chillies. Saute for 30 seconds. Finally add turmeric and cook till the raw smell disappears, about 60 seconds.
Keyword Masala Phori

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