Kara Pori | Masala Pori

 Kara Pori | Masala Pori

Kara Pori / Masala Pori

Kara Pori, also known as masala pori, is a popular South Indian snack that is crunchy and spicy,made with puffed rice and a blend of flavorful spices. 
The history of Kara Pori can be traced back to the traditional South Indian snack called "Pori," which is made with just puffed rice and jaggery. The addition of masala or spices to this snack is said to have originated in the streets of Chennai,Tamil Nadu. It is said that vendors started adding a mixture of spices, such as red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and roasted cumin powder, to Pori to make it more flavorful and spicy.

Kara Pori is typically made by roasting puffed rice along with spices powders like turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, peanuts, roasted gram dal and crushed garlic in a hot pan until it becomes crisp and crunchy.
Kara Pori is a popular snack during festivals, especially during Diwali. It is also a favorite evening snack for many South Indians, who enjoy it with a hot cup of tea or coffee. The snack is often sold by street vendors in small paper cones, and its popularity has led to it being packaged and sold in stores across India.

Apart from being a tasty and addictive snack, Kara Pori is also relatively healthy. Puffed rice is low in calories and fat, making it an excellent snack for those watching their weight. The addition of spices not only enhances the flavor but also has several health benefits. For instance, chili powder is rich in capsaicin, which is known to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. 

Kara Pori is loved by people of all ages for its flavor, crunchiness, and health benefits.
Check out how to make this kara Pori or masala Pori recipe below.


Puffed rice-4 cups
Crushed garlic-10-12 nos
Red chilli powder-1 1/2 Tsp 
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp 
Peanut-1/4 cup
Roasted gram dal( pottukadalai)-1/4 cup
Curry leaves- few
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds-1 tsp 
Red chillies-2-4 nos broken
Asafoetida-1/4 tsp 
Oil -2 Tbsps 

Recipe Video 


👉Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida and allow it to splutter, next add crushed garlic and sauté well.

👉Add peanut and sauté well .

👉Next add roasted gram dal and sauté without burning it.

👉Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and required salt mix well.

👉Finally add the puffed rice immediately switch off the gas (this heat is enough)and then mix everything well until the masala is well coated on the puffed rice.

👉Allow it cool down completely 
👉Store in a airtight container.

Preparation time-15 minutes 

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