A few days ago, it was a little cold and I was trying to decide what to make for our evening snack. I could only think of various pakora and bajji options, all of which are of course deep fried. I finally decided to make masala pori. I decided to start making it just a few minutes before my husband would reach, so that we could have it warm. Meanwhile, I got a call from Gomathi and she said, “Hey, suggest some evening snack without onion, garlic and preferably not fried.” We started discussing various options but nothing seemed to work out and she finally said, “Maybe I’ll make masala pori.” So we decided to make the same snack that evening. She also suggested making fried aval. The concept sounded interesting, but since I wanted to avoid a completely fried snack, I decided to fry just a handful of aval and mix it with the pori.
Ingredients (Serves 3-4)
Pori/puffed rice – 3 cups
Turmeric powder – 1-1 ½ tsps
Chilli powder/red chillies to taste
Salt to taste
Split chickpeas / roasted peanuts – ½ cup
Chat masala (optional) – 1 tsp
Fried Aval/rice flakes – 1 c(optional)
Fried Aval (rice flakes)
Heat oil and deep fry the aval. The process is very quick and will hardly take a minute or so. Make sure it does not turn brown. Remove onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil and then add to the masala pori. It adds a nice crunch to the masala pori.
Heat a little oil in a wide pan (I use olive oil). Keeping it on low heat, add turmeric powder, curry leaves, red chillies (if using chilli powder, add later) and split chickpeas/roasted peanuts and sauté well. Once the curry leaves are nicely coated with the turmeric powder, add the pori, salt and chilli powder and mix well till the pori turns yellow. Add the chat masala, mix well and turn off the heat. Mix in the fried aval and enjoy with a cup of hot coffee/tea. Bon Appétit.
Note – The fried aval can be had on its own, mixed with a bit of chat masala/salt/chilli powder.