Today I am sharing a very Nostalgic recipe from my Childhood. A perfect travel recipe any time .Mom used to make these delicious pooris whenever we Traveled by train .Train journey used to be memorable as you meet so many people . Some become friends for life no matter wherever you are. Its been ages since I traveled by train. Masala Poori / Spiced Poori used to be one of the dishes mom made for the journey as it stays fresh and crisp. It can be eaten on its own and is filling too. We always carried home cooked food as we were not used to eat Outside as we always felt we might fall sick. It was always fun for us to travel by train .Now we understand how efficiently and conveniently mom used to pack for the journey.

Rail Travel :

Rail travel was cheaper and convenient to travel long distances way back when we were kids. We had to travel quiet a bit to the railway station and board the trains to travel to Bangalore. Once we moved to east and central parts of India it was very convenient . We used to travel every year to meet our grandparents ,Uncles and aunts and Cousins for a month during our summer holidays. The smell of the train tracks and in the bogies still lingers in my memory. Every station had a story to tell about the place, porters , local vendors ,small book shops to name a few….I would love to relive those memories whenever I visit India next time . Due to time constraints we always travel by flight. But I can’t wait to travel my train now as a lot of things have changed over a period of time. I have heard it is more convenient now.

What is the Shhhhhh Cooking theme this month?

This month our Host Seema suggested Railway recipes as the theme .She has whipped up this popular Railway Aloo curry.I was so nostalgic and happy to share the Masala poori Recipe. I am paired with Jayashree and amazing and very talented person. She gave me two secret ingredients Sesame seeds and Kasuri Methi and I gave her Rava and salt. She whipped up my most favourite snack Maddur Vada.



Preethi Prasad
A perfect recipe for enjoying during your travel by train or by road.It stays crisp and eaten on its own . Very addictive I must say.Try it and you will love it .
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Deep frying Pan
  • 1 Rolling pin and baking paper
  • 1 Cookie cutter / Cup


  • 1 Cup Unbleached Maida / All purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dried coriander leaves
  • 2 Tsp Kasuri Methi / Dried Fenugreek leaves
  • 1 Tsp Dried green chili powder
  • 2 Tsp Roasted white Sesame seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Oil for the dough
  • 3 Cups Oil for deep frying (increase or decrease as per your requirement )
  • Water to knead the dough


For the Dough:

  • In a mixing bowl add maida , rice flour , roasted sesame seeds , green chilli powder ,dried coriander powder , kasuri methi , salt amd Hing. Mix well .
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil until it sizzles. Pour the sizzling hot oil on the dough mix.
  • Be careful and use a spoon to mix all the ingredients. Now slowly add water to mix the dough to chapati dough consistency.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil for frying.
  • Make big ball of the dough . Roll it on a baking paper .Not too thin and not too thick . Using a cookie cutter or a cup cut them into desired round shape.
  • Fry them in hot oil until both the sides are nice and golden brown .
  • Repeat the process for the balance dough and enjoy.


  1. Make sure sizzling hot oil is added to  the dough.
  2. Do not skip any herbs added here for the perfect taste.
  3. You can red chilli powder if you wish to have spicier pooris.
  4. Stays good for a week in air tight container.
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10 thoughts on “MASALA POORI / SPICED POORI”

  1. 5 stars
    Wow Preethi. The clicks of masala poori are so tempting. Haven’t tried poori with rice flour and maida together. I may just make this to take with me … not for a train journey but a plane journey as these days food on the planes is horrible, especially for vegetarians.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this masala poori. I like the addition of rice flour to this to make it crispy. This would stay for a couple of days and would be perfect with tea.

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