Masala Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice

Whenever I eat Masala Kara Pori (Spicy Puffed Rice) I become nostalgic. It brings me memories of Dussera Festival (Saraswathi Pooja and Vijayadasami). During those days we used to get a lot of Pori from my Dad's factory and we use it along with our prayers to godess Saraswati. My mom used to prepare this dish often during this festival. Reading a book / magazine munching this dish side by was a good time pass those days.


Pori/Puffed rice - 2 cup
Pottu kadalai/Roasted channa dal - 1/4 cup
Roasted unsalted Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Garlic cloves - 6 no, crushed with skin
Dry Red chilli - 5
Curry leaves - 3 strings
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon/to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon


1) Take a pan (Heavy bottomed Pan is preferred) and heat oil.
2) Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
3) Add curry leaves, dry red chilli, garlic cloves and saute them for few seconds.
4) Add peanuts and roasted channa dal.
5) Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Toss them for few seconds.
6) Turn the flame to low and add puffed rice (Pori).
7) Mix gently and thoroughly till the masala gets coated well with the puffed rice.
8) Serve with tea or coffee.

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