Puffed rice, any time, all time snack. This was the case which happened to be so very common in my childhood. It’s a versatile snack for all occasions in Northern part of Karnataka. So during my schooling days I must have tasted spicy puffed rice at all my friend’s homes. Because this crispy, time pass snack is always, permanently stocked in every body’s house there. It’s a kind of routine to reserve it ongoing basis either to serve any unexpected guests, or to kids who by law demand snacks more than often or to whomsoever feels like snack-hungry. In all the cases spicy puffed rice proves to be versatile enough.
There are hundred of ways to serve this spicy puffed rice or kara pori and jazzy flavors just blow you up. In it’s simplest form plateful of puffed rice is topped with lots of raw onion. Onions some times double up the spice of puffed rice. So those spice lovers always welcome it this way. My personal preference is combo of puffed rice plus nylon sev. The perfect winter-snack, travel-snack that fits in my picnic bag often. In a way to raise the nutrition value of spicy puffed rice, sometimes I top it with cabbage, grated carrot and cucumber bites. It feels like I am eating wholesome, nutri-rich food of the day. Traditionally, in North Karnataka it is also paired with mirchi bajji.
The recipe I have given here is true, authentic version of North Karnataka style puffed rice. The spice kick is through green chillies but alternatively you can use red chilly powder. The peanuts, roasted gram would just increase the crunch factor. You can add on cashews too. Next time when you plan for a picnic, don’t forget to carry a bag full of this yumminess. You’ll love it for sure.