A savoury fritter seasoned with curry and commonly paired with chutney
Well yes. This is the perfect snack to be posting on a Friday. I usually don't post on a Friday but after Cinco de Mayo I think pholourie (sometimes also spelt as polourie or phulourie) is the ideal recovery food. This is a very popular snack not just in TnT but also in Guyana and Suriname. They are multi-events eats. Don't be surprised to find them at birthday parties, or just friends hanging out. I have whipped up batches just to watch movies. It's like the Island popcorn. And it is so easy to make.
These fried balls are flavoured with a little curry, and though can be eaten plain is even better dipped in some sort of chutney, personally I prefer some tambran (tamarind) chutney.
After years of buying this from the little parlor on the roadside in $1 bags filled halfway with some type of dipping sauce, I finally started to make these at home myself. And I must confess I used to just make them from the packs. They sell these packs of pre-done flour mix, where you have to just add water and fry. This wasn't bad. I've used this for years.
Then you make your own from scratch. Whaaaaat!! Why was I using this pack mix all this time?
Mixing your own and mixing from scratch takes just about the same time. The only delay is leaving the mixture to raise a little. And during that time, you can make your own chutney if you don't have any bottled ones. Some people like to use saffron instead of curry but I much rather the curry flavor. Split peas is traditionally used in the flour mixture but that requires some overnight soaking of the split peas. This recipe is the quicker version, plus I'm not too much of a split peas fan. So if you are a split peas in pholourie kinda person, sorry this recipe is not for you.
Pholourie is usually round. Ha. Something I have to work on. Sometimes they are round with a tail. Sometimes they are shaped like a mouse. But who cares once they taste good?
I love stuffing a few plains ones into my mouth. The curry gives these fry balls a flavor that really doesn't require much, BUT who wants to just have plain old pholurie? Just take one and dip it into some chutney; be it tamarind, mango, pineapple.
I assure you, you will not stop dipping and popping these into your mouth.
Prep Time: 00:45
Cook Time: 00:15
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Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/3 cups water
- Oil for deep frying
Mix all ingredients together and leave to sit for 30 minutes
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat
When hot, using double spoons, drop batter into oil and fry till brown
Drain on paper towel
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