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Kara Pori / Masala Kara Pori / Spicy Puffed Rice / Spicy Murmura

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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 and after this festival. Reading a book / magazine munching this dish side by was a good time pass those days.


Basic Information:

Preparation Time: <5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 and 1/2 cups


Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Dry red chillies – 3

Garlic cloves – 4, crushed with skin

Pottu kadalai/Roasted channa dal – 1/4 cup

Peanuts – 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon/to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Pori/Puffed rice – 2 cups

Recipe Video:

Method with step wise pictures:

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. roast well.


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 quickly and thoroughly till the masala gets coated well with the puffed rice.


8) Serve with tea or coffee.

Serving Suggestions:

1) serve it for a evening snack with tea/coffee.



1) Make sure to turn off or lower the flame immediate before adding spices and pori. 

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