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Special Masala Pori

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A simple and tasty tea time / evening snack.

Masala Pori or Kara Pori (Spicy Puffed Rice) is a very easy to make, delicious and tasty snack that can be made in very little time. Made out of puffed rice, it is a common snack across Tamil Nadu often served as a snack during tea time or as an evening snack. It is a guilt free snack and is packed as office snack or school snack too.

Masala Pori - Kara Pori - Spicy Puffed Rice

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Masala Pori - Kara Pori - Spicy Puffed Rice
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Masala Pori (Kara Pori)

A simple and tasty tea time / evening snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: South Indian


  • 2 cups Puffed Rice (Pori)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • handful Fried Peanuts
  • 1 or 2 Red Chillies
  • little Mustard Seeds
  • few Curry Leaves
  • as required Ompodi (Sev)
  • as required Kara Boondi
  • as required Oil


  • Heat a little oil in a pan.
  • Fry the mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies for 30 seconds.
  • Remove and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and toss well to mix.
  • Serve at once or store it in an airtight container.

Variations of this recipe:

As with any Indian recipe, there are numerous local variations to this snack. Some of the popular variations include:

  • Masala Garlic Pori (Masala Garlic Puffed Rice):  Along with the ingredients above, add crushed garlic cloves and roasted gram.
  • Coriander and Mint Masala Pori: Add some coriander leaves and mint leaves to the preparation mentioned above along with chopped mango pieces, lemon juice and onions.
  • Puffed Rice Chaat: This is more a North Indian variation similar to a Bhel Puri. Sweet Chutney, Green Chutney, Carrot, Onions, Cucumbers and Tomatoes are added.


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