Masala Pori is a very common street food sold in beaches in India. This puffed rice is a great snack for all ages.
In beach or street sides, they have the ingredients and the hot peanuts ready and as soon as you order, they prepare your portion quickly by mixing all the ingredients and they give it to you in a newspaper. But we are not sure how hygienic this would be.
It’s spicy, tangy, crunchy and healthy snack that you can make it easily in the home. Make this masala pori just before serving to avoid soggy pori’s.
Puffed Rice – We need a good quality and fresh puffed rice also known as Pori in Tamil. It is also sold by the name Murmure in the Indian stores. If you don’t have plain pori, you could always use the Bhel mix that we use to make bhel puri. I always have a bag of bhel mix in the pantry and that works perfectly well in the recipe.
Vegetables – I used onions, carrot, tomato and cilantro in my churumuri recipe. If raw mango is in season, we can add some to the mixture.
Lime Juice – This masala pori needs a good drizzle of lime juice. I personally prefer the flavor of lime instead of lemon, but you could absolutely use lemon juice as well .
Coconut oil – I do a quick frying of the pori in coconut oil. My cousin mentioned that coconut oil is what they use in Karnataka and it imparts a beautiful coconut flavor to the churumuri.
Peanuts – I used roasted peanuts in the recipe. I also like to crush my peanuts lightly so they don’t remain whole.
Spices – I use red chili, turmeric powder, salt and a little sugar in the masala pori.
Masala pori/ Churmuri / Beach Style Masala Pori/ spicy masala puffed rice
Heat the pan with little oil.
Add puffed rice stir on low flame until crispy.
Transfer the puffed rice in to a wide clean dry pan. Leave them to cool down a little.
Sprinkle the chopped onion by using clean dry hand.
Cut open a tomato, remove the seeds and hard portion, chop the pulp finely and add.
Add grated carrots and chopped coriander leaves.
Add roasted peanuts (peanuts roasted in oil / roasted in with dry sand) .
Add required table salt to taste, because some puffed rice have some salt in it.
Add red chili powder, garam masala powder, chat masala powder.
Add lemon juice.
Finally add coconut oil.
Mix it well with clean dry hand. Add mixture (Bombay mixture/ Madras mixture) is optional.
Serve immediately after mixing. Yummy & tasty masala pori is ready.
If you are using raw peanuts, soak them for at least 4 hours and pressure cook for 3 whistles. For fresh peanuts, no soaking needed. Directly pressure cook and use.
You can add freshly chopped mango, cucumber also.
Feel free to plus or minus ingredients according to your liking.
Prepare and mix every time before serving to avoid puffed rice soggy.