Masala pori- puffed rice with veggies and peanuts, street food/teatime snack

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, April 16, 2018

Third week of Explore the flavors, this week i will be sharing some street food, which we enjoy. The first in this list is the masala pori. India visit is never complete without Tnagar shopping for me. Tnagar and pondy bazaar shopping has been coded in to me from my college days, me and my friend ramya used to go shopping after 7 in the evening and sometimes the shop keepers have to literally push us out to close the shops around 9/9:30p.m.
Roaming those pavements, gawking at those shops gives a unexplainable pleasure that too when you have company, you have to experience it, to belive it!!! 
We need energy while shopping right?, first comes cut mango, if season elanthapazham/Ber or jamuns, finally comes masala pori, wrapped in newspaper, which becomes soggy after some time, bcoz of the boiled peanuts, next time i visit, i should click a picture of the vendor and update here. Eating from that cart, the pori has a different taste! 
I have tried to replicate that pori here, though it tastes well, i still miss the cart-vendor's magic! A simple mix and toss, no recipe at all. I have used cucumber, carrots, didn't have onions so skipped it. You can green chili,if you like the flavor, i have used chili powder and chat masala. 
It is a recipe that can be made according to your taste preference. Just toss and enjoy, best to have it with your evening chai or while reading a book.
2 hands full of pori/puffed rice
1/2 a carrot, finely shredded
1/2 a cucumber, finely chopped
1/2 an onion, finely chopped, (I didn’t have onions the day I made this, so skipped)
1/2 a lemon
Handful of boiled peanuts 
Red chili powder as per taste or 1 green chili, finely chopped
Chaat masala powder as per taste (optional) 
Salt to taste

  • In a wide bowl add all the ingredients except lemon juice. mix well. 
  • Squeeze lemon juice  and serve immediately. Enjoy it with a cup of hot chai or simply enjoy snacking while reading  a book. 
  • If you get raw mango, you can add them too, it adds a nice flavor to the pori. 

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  1. Nothing can beat this masala pori, and now you are torturing me with this ultimate street food. Even i have fond memories. Just love this masala pori.

  2. Masala Pori looks delicious and love this kind of no cook chaat items. I do have some fond memories with tnagar and pondi bazaar, really miss those days :-( Yeah, you're right, it's hard to replicated the cart's vendor taste !!!

  3. Masala Pori is another version of bhel , just what I like. The addition of carrots sounds amazing..let me give it a try this evening..I can only drool right now.

  4. Tnagar poyitu enda masala pori sapidalaina adu deiva kutham ahidadu?? ;-) lol love this anytime. Yum yum yum

  5. Yummy. I love the boiled peanuts of all the things and I agree somehow the taste at the street hawkers' is always unbeatable :)

  6. Shopping is never shopping without kappakilangu and masala pori. But it is tough to replicate the flavours. Your version looks so good Priya.

  7. So true ,Idhu kandipa shopping list la irukum.. You have tempted me now fro some masala pori..

  8. Ahhh the magic of street food vendors. I think it’s all in their hands :-) This is such a simple and addictive street food. Love the addition of veggies to it.

  9. Nice to read about your T Nagar shopping Priya..these pori masala looks so good..

  10. Reading about all these chaat recipes, my mouth is watering. Can't wait to get to India try out the street food.Even though we prepare some of it at home it doesn't taste the same. Love your healthy masala poori chaat. A good snack to much on.

  11. Priya I am big fan of T nagar Masala pori too, I Did my studies in jain school there you might be knowing :D So everyday travelling by train we used have the masala pori , bhel poori from hot chips, softee ice , Badam gheer ayiyooo vaai uuravachitenga .. Your masala pori is such a torcher priya am so tempted !! I like the street food setup in your captures and paper cone le super aa presented !!

  12. Last year when I went to India, I ate so much of Masala pori in T.Nagar. I simply loved the raw spiciness from the street vendors and my boys enjoyed it a lot too. I am so tempted to eat some again after seeing your post :)

  13. Masala puri chaat looks so tempting Priya and love the way you served it in newspaper just like roadside vendors.

  14. Bhel has to be one of the simple yet tempting street foods. Initially I mistakenly read the title as poori and started wondering whether you stuffed veggies and peanuts. :))

  15. I havent tried this in the T.nagar masal pori cart,but have tried in my place here. IT is totally out of the world. Such simple ingredients and so quick to make but the taste is soo good! Nostalgic reading you post Priya. Will have to make this sometime soon for the kids.


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