Poori Masala Recipe | Easy Masala Recipe for Poori
There is a reason that this simple yet popular side dish for pooris took this long for me to post, inspite of having posted Pooris ages ago! Having grown up eating Puris just as they are without any side dish, to me puris are a complete meal by itself :p  I would simply munch them like a snack without needing a complimentary dish to go with it. The same thing is now repeated by my junior. So most of the time I hardly make a side dish! Having said that, this is an extremely simple dish to make and indeed goes perfectly with puri, chapathi and even dosa!
Poori Masala Recipe | Easy Masala Recipe for Poori
While the dish itself is not time consuming to make, using a pressure cooker makes this even more simpler. Its one stop shop where there is no additional step (boiling potatoes separately, sauteeing onions separately etc etc) and everything takes just one pot and literally the dish gets done in less than 6 minutes of cooking! Lets get cooking.
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  • Yields: Enough for 2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 1.5 tbsp Coconut oil/Vegetable oil of your choice
  • 2 large (abt 250 grams) Potatoes
  • 1 large Onion, optional
  • 1-2 Green Chilies, or as per taste, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Few sprigs of Curry leaves
  • 2 tsp Besan flour mixed with 2 tbsp water (optional)
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt to taste
To Temper
  • 1 tsp Ghee/oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds,
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal (Bengal gram)
  • 1 tsp Urad dal (split Black gram lentils)
  • 1/8 tsp yellow Asafoetida powder
Method
1. I use a 3 Litre Pressure cooker for this recipe. Add 3 tbsp of water to it,
2. followed by oil.
3. Next goes in the chopped onions. Layer them to cover the surface. I generally use about half the quantity of onion to that of potatoes but it is upto you. You can reduce or increase the quantity or even completely skip the onion in this recipe.
4. Next top the onions with the chopped potatoes. For this post I have peeled the potatoes, but if you don't mind the skin, keep it on. I generally keep the skin on especially if using the golden potato variety. When using russet potatoes, I peel it since my family does not care of the bits that come to their mouths while eating esp in Poori masala.
5. Add the spices along with salt right on top. We do not want it to touch the bottom to avoid the spices burning. Finish it with cilantro and curry leaves.
6. Set the timer. Cook on high for 2 whistles or around 4 minutes. Whichever is earlier.
7. Ensure your pressure is built around 2 min mark (the safety valve will stop jiggling and protrude). My first whistle came at around 3:52 minutes and second one at 4:06 minutes.

Important Tip: If you find that your whistles are not starting even around 4 minute mark, check to see if you pressure valve is built up. If it's not and/or it is but whistles are not coming, remove and check to see if the pressure is not leaking on the sides. Need to check your casket in that case.
8. Let the pressure settle. You can also release pressure manually (be careful and use a spoon to avoid scalding your hands). I let it settle instead of doing it manually.
9. While that's resting, heat remaining oil and temper the ingredients given under that section. Add the mustard seeds and when it pops, add the rest and saute until the lentils are slightly browned. Set aside.
10. Open the pressure cooker.
11. and mash the ingredients lightly.
12. Add enough (lukewarm/boiling) water as per your liking.  You can also, if needed, thicken it up by adding the besan paste and heating it slightly until it reaches your desired consistency.
13. Add the tempered ingredients
14. along with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Serve hot along with pooris.
Poori Masala Recipe | Easy Masala Recipe for Poori

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By Akila Senthilkumar on Mar 5, 2017

Tried this today. It came perfect, time saving, and was aromatic.. Very thank you..

Thank you for the feedback. :) --DK