How to make kara Pori/Spicy Puffed Rice snack ?

Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice|How to make

Kara Pori/Spicy puffed Rice Snack : A quick, easy and yummy spicy snack to go with your evening coffee. it is made crunchy & crips with addition of peanuts, curry leaves, roasted garlic. It is also called Masala Pori because of its spiciness. a must have or binge watching Tv or a cold winter weekend!

How to make kara Pori/Spicy Puffed Rice snack ?
How to make kara Pori/Spicy Puffed Rice snack ?

The backstory

Grew up in a small town in South India, where Pori/Puffed Rice vendors were a common site either on their bicycles with their huge bag of light weight Pori/Puffed rice or in the little shops by the market that was meant exclusively for Pori vendors .It was open all through the year, yet got busy during the Saraswathi Puja festival as the Pori was used as a prasadam/offering to distribute to everyone  attending the puja/ prayers offered to the Almighty.

Puffed Rice Vendors

Those days it was a common practice to drop by  friends places in the evenings or have  family friends  drop by after work. Some laughter, an easy chit chat over a light snack and driving back home with a content heart was a given any time of the day.

Me thinks, that is the reason why we never knew about therapists back then, meeting friends and laughter was therapy !Kara Pori or Spicy Puffed Rice always took a prominent place during such visits, over a cup of coffee, with us sitting under the coconut palms while a gentle breeze blew, sharing a bowl of Kara Pori and life. Back then, life was made of simple beautiful things .

Years later when the television world took over the grown ups by the storm, they would still stop by at each other’s homes sit and watch  their favorite shows together over a bowl of Kara Pori. Lifelong friendships were made over a bowl of Kara Pori and for me that is the way I would always remember the bowl of Kara Pori,  amidst shared laughter and tears over life’s up’s and down’s.

When homes were occupied by just the empty nester’s Kara Pori still had its bonding touch.The children flew out to school to different states and different cities tasting Pori in so many different forms ( Bhel Chaat was one favorite!) yet the traditional Kara pori magic could never be replaced.

How does Pori/Puffed Rice look?

Puffed rice, puff ricerice puff ,Pori, Murmura refers to various foods made by introducing air into rice, typically in such a way that the grains of rice become larger and lighter, while also reducing moisture to achieve a crisp texture consistency.

Puffed Rice in packets

Recreating magic in my kitchen

The cold wind was blowing hard , a light snow on the grass, trying to keep my chin up and not to let the winter gloom take over me, I searched my pantry high and low, to recreate magic in my small yet cozy kitchen.

I needed some snack ASAP, to keep the winter chill away and put my feet up and relax indoors on a weekend, binge watching Netflix shows that I had lined up for this holiday season. What could I make quickly, that fills that void in me I thought, as I rummaged through my pantry and found 2 packs of air sealed Pori, I had recently bought from the Desi store here .

Kara Pori ,packed & ready to go!

Kara Pori was just what was on my mind today, so in less than 15 minutes made it, and put them in Ziploc bags for winter evenings in front of the TV.

TV time was never felt complete without Kara Pori

Kara Pori , the comfort snack

Sitting in front of the TV watching some Indian movies with a bowl of Kara Pori drinking coffee is my definition of a perfect winter weekend indoors.

I can almost hear the laughter and feel the gentle breeze of the coconut palms in my soul. Home is a feeling, not a place. Make yourself some Kara Pori and recreate the magic, coz’ it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

What other time in the year can you sit with your PJ’s sipping coffee without the stress of the morning commute eating Kara Pori and  binge watching TV shows on Netflix , if not during the end of the year. When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…and since we have no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice|How to make

Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice|How to make

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Course: FOOD, SNACKSCuisine: South Indian
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Servings

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

127

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 packs Puffed rice /Pori

  • 2 tbsp Ghee/Purified butter

  • 1 tbsp Channa & Urad Dhal for seasoning

  • A sprig Curry leaves- a sprig

  • 20 -30 Peanuts

  • 5 -6 Dry Red Chilies

  • 2 -3 Garlic cloves

  • 1 tbsp Sambar powder

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • To taste Salt

Directions

  • In a wide thick bottomed kadai, warm the ghee and add the seasoning ingredients one by one and saute till they splutter and a gentle aroma arises.
  • Now add the garlic cloves and stir till a light golden brown followed by the addition of peanuts.
  • To this add the Pori/Puffed Rice and mix all the ingredients well, while adding the turmeric , sambar powder and salt to taste.
  • Set aside and allow it to cool, before you store them in glass containers or ziploc bags for winter snacking.

Nutrition Facts


  • Amount Per ServingCalories127
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10g 16%
    • Saturated Fat 2g 10%
  • Cholesterol mg 0%
  • Sodium 6mg 1%
  • Potassium 149mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 6g 12%

  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Believe me , over a bowl of Kara Pori, you can make lifelong friendships. It somehow renders itself to open hearted conversations which are so lacking these days. Invest in friendships & Kara Pori, the therapists will have no role in our lives….if only we could talk to each other ? Willing to give it a try? Go on, try some today !

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  1. Loved reading this! Indeed, “home” is a feeling as much as it is a place. I enjoy your blog posts so much – thank you for this delightful one!

    • Thank you, Dorothy for your kind words, so appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and share your thoughts with words of encouragement, it makes blog writing that much more meaningful !

  2. Loved reading this! Indeed, “home” is a feeling as much as it is a place. I enjoy your blog posts so much – thank you for this delightful one!

    • Thank you, Dorothy for your kind words, so appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and share your thoughts with words of encouragement, it makes blog writing that much more meaningful !