Monday, 10 March 2008

Mysore Masala Puri

My school days remain the happiest and memorable days of my life till date.Apart from commuting in a crowded citybus.. sitting on a wooden bench with three more girls, silly fights, assembly songs... walking home if we wanted too ( no fear of any sort).Life was fantastic. School days were more enjoyabel with the eatables available just outside the school gates.Those who have been in Mysore can vouch that schooling was synonymous with Churumuri , pani puri, masalapuri... soutekayi (cucumber )and tomato puri........ all available very near to my school in Ballal Circle...
When at school I used get a 25 or 50 Paisa allowance to eat out every Saturday... which was more than enough for a pack of churumuri ( the cone made of paper)(now it is 5 Rs., yummy all the same).The soutekayi ( A longitudinal layer of cucumber layered with lots of garnishing and chutneys).Once you get the hang of churumuri it is almost very difficult to get rid of that that love from your mind.It stays and grows with you. I make it quite often ,but it is never exactly the same.

The masalapuri on the other hand was a bit expensive for me and had to save about three weeks of this money to get one plate... so it was a treat sometimes by my Ajji (grandmother) after she would be pestered by me for it endlessly for the whole week.It was a whooping 1.25 paise...but worth the money.I can feel the taste lingering even now after many many years.Even to date.. my loyalty for this particular churumuri and masalapuri fellows haven't changed. It is not available anywhere else ( may be in Bangalore..I haven't had it there ) with the same taste..specially the masalapuri has a very distinct taste.But I always maintained that the Gadiwala added a secret ingredient to make it so tasty which we cud never get hold off.. which many elders in my family.. felt and feel was his sweat and dirty hands and of all dirty plates... But nothing they say, said detered me frome ating at those chat (carts) places... masalpuri gadis (the cart with all this stuff )or will stop me.. I am immune to all the bugs which can be speread thru these lovely dishes...What is life without them is my argument!!! I am sure many of u there support me.

My Masalpuri:

After many failed attempts to make it at home with the same ingredients.. finally there was a ray of hope,.when my sister passed on a recipe, she got from our cousin. She had tried and said it did taste well.. with the hope this would be good I tried out this Friday and it was a Smash Hit.. BANG!! right the Gadi (cart) taste... now am sure no special ingredients other than using the RIGHT ingredients in Right quantities... and to our taste...The peas masala is the most important ingredient... It is easy to make and tasty too.. Our friends whe where here said it was exactly like the Gadiwala, what better award could i get than that.


Small Crispy Puris (which are available in the market .. these are known as Gol guppa too)
Peas Masala
Grated Carrot
Lemon juice (optional)
Finely chopped Onions
Boiled and mashed Potatoes
Finely chopped Coriander
Chopped Tomatoes
Chat Masala
Garam Masala
Tamarind Chutney
Green Chutney
SEV ( plain thin) or any spicy mixture


The few of the ingredients to be cooked with some effort is Peas Masala .Easy that it is need a bit of planning..
Dry peas (Batani/vatana) - 1/2 kg
Green chillies - 4
Coriander - chopped half a cup
Ginger - Garlic paste - 2 spoons
One onion - chopped
Garam masala - 4 spoons
Pepper corns
amchur powder - 1 sp
salt to taste
oil - 1 tbsp

Soak the Dry Peas overnight... cook them with salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.

Grind onion, Ginger garlic paste, one spoon of garam masala, 3/4 green chillies,4 /5 pepper corns, coriander, and one big cup of the boiled peas to a fine paste.
In a big pan heat some oil...and saute the taste for a few minutes till the paste gives out a nice aroma. then add the rest of the boiled peas, with some salt , amchur powder and 3 spoons of garam masala.. let it boil till the paste gets to a thick gravy consistency...One of the secret of the chatwallah is the constant boiling of this if you prepare it earlier in the day.. start the boiling the peas masala at least 15 minutes before you start serving the dish.

Now for the layering part.this can be done according to our taste .. so the measurements can vary to each plate to the individual's taste.

1.Take 5 to 6 Puris and crush them lightly on a shallow plate.. Add some mashed potatoes as a second layer.

2.Pour the hot peas masala in generous quantity over the potaotes covering the potates and the PURIs

3.Sprinkle chopped tomatoes and Onions on top of the gravy.Place a few cucumber slices to soothe the tongue in case the masala is too spicy .

4. Add some green chutney and tamarind chutney according to the taste and sprinkle a layer of carrots and Sev.. on the top.
Just add a dash of lemon juice if needed.

5. A dash of coriander (which was a bit too much in this plate , but i love it this way),Just sprinkle some Chat Masala and the dish is ready to be served immediately.

This is really yummy .The peas masala is holds the key to this dish... I will await responses..

Bye for today... Have a great week ahead


srinivas said...


bahaLa ruciyaagiruttade :)

namma maneyalliyoo masaale puri maaDtaare - aadare stereo type taste

ideega nimma recipe nODi try maaDalu tiLisiruve

adakke maneyavaLa pratikriye mEle naa hELidaMtide :)

Shubha said...

Thanks TVS avre,, ruchi nodida mele nimma pratikriye ge kayuve...

NilGiri said...

yummmyyyyy....ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಲೂ ಟೌನ್ ಹಾಲ್ ಪಕ್ಕ ಗಾಡಿ ಮೇಲೆ ಮಾರ್ತಾರೆ ಶುಭಾ :D ಸಂಜೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಆ ಕಡೆ ಬರೀ ಮಸಾಲೆ ಪುರಿ, ಪಾನಿ ಪುರಿ ಗಾಡಿಗಳೇ ಗಾಡಿಗಳು. ನೀವು ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಬೀದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾರುವವನ "ingredients ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮತ್ತು ಅವನ ಕೈ ಒರಸುವ ಆ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಸೇರಿ ಆ ರುಚಿ ಬರುತ್ತಿರಬೇಕು ;-)".

ನನ್ನ ಗಂಡನ ಫೇವರಿಟ್ ಇದು, ಈಗ ಟ್ರೈ ಮಾಡಲೇ ಬೇಕು ಇದನ್ನು. ಮಾಡಿ ಹೇಳುತ್ತೇನೆ :)

Pranathi said...

slrupppppppppp bai yalli neeru bartha ide shubha, belagge belagge pics nodi...namma hassan nallu udukke gadigala Q nintiradu nenapu aguthe...MP photos nodudre, let me try in this weekend n tell u the result

Shubha said...

Nija Nilgiri.. igaloo iddare... nanu heliddu school times nalli namage idda hucchu.. I guess it is still a craze with school children.Ballal nalli igaloo hodaga tindu bartini...

Pranathi,,, madi nodi , bega heli... chennagidre... ille ondu Gadi tegiyana anta plan!!! yenantira?

snakez said...

thnx shubha avare, nice write up masala puri.
I had never tasted masala puri or pani puri till i was 26 years old.
Reason: his sweat and dirty hands and of all dirty plates... anta appa amma hedarsiddu:)

(1 puTani joke:maduve manEli ellA bhakshyagaLigu uppu sariyAgirutte, yAke?
aDige bhaTTa haNeya mEle bevaru kayyinda oresi kai omme hIge odaridare sAku, uppu sari hOgirutte!:D)

nA overseas 1 varsha idda mEle realised the importance of enjoying Indian food. From that day, I have been eating masala puri with gusto, sometimes i skip dinner for masala puri(Shh, yArgU hELbEDi, maneli yArgU gottilla nA masale pUri tinnOdu ;))

nIvu hELida hAge gADiyalli tindrEnE maja. mane hatra obba iddAne. gADi hatra hOgi nintre sAku, nanage bEkAda rIti tayaru mADi koDuttAne "Customised for customer's delight". I have eaten masale puri in many big restaurants, marriage buffets, etc. But nothing can match this guy's masale puri. three cheers to.... oops I dont even know his name:(. next time,i should make it a point to ask him his name!

Shubha said...

Thanks Snakez... nice to see you here.. We always go back to the same Gadi wala i think.. nange Loyalty discount bere sigutte egella... keep posting...
I would have never even attempted making it if I were in India... who wud cook when I can get more delicious ready to eat... from the GAdi.. btu illi no choice... it was very tasty... that is what matters...

Barthur said...

Looks Yummmy! will try one of these day Sam rao...(-:
warm rgds

Shubha said...

Thanks Sangeetha,, will wait for the reply after u try it out...

sharvani said...

Hi Shubha...
I tried this recipe .... It was AWSOME!!!!!!:):)

Thank you sooooooooooooooo much :)

I am from mysore too ... who can slurp it better than us ;)

It was gr8..

Jus a small clarification... are you from Marimallappa's High ? and 99-2000 pass out?

Shubha said...

I am glad you liked it shravani... u are right.. who else but us to enjoy masalapuri....

I am from CKC,,, and guess a decade ago than u mentioned LOL feeling like oldie...

well.... good to have u visiting...

Kalpane said...

ವ್ಹ!!ಶುಭ !

ಮಸಾಲಾಪುರಿ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ನನಗೆ ಪಂಚ ಪ್ರಾಣ!!.

ತುಂಬಾ ಹಿಂದೆ ಒಂದ್ಸಲ try ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೆ... ಆದ್ರೆ ಆ ಗಾಡಿಯವರ ರುಚಿ ಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ಈಗ ನಿಮ್ಮ blog ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರೋ ಮಸಾಲಪುರಿ picture ನೋಡಿದಮೇಲೆ ಖಂಡಿತ ಮಾಡ್ಲೇ ಬೇಕು ಅನ್ಸಿದಿ.

Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Kalpane said...

ವ್ಹ!!ಶುಭ !

ಮಸಾಲಾಪುರಿ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ನನಗೆ ಪಂಚ ಪ್ರಾಣ!!.

ತುಂಬಾ ಹಿಂದೆ ಒಂದ್ಸಲ try ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೆ... ಆದ್ರೆ ಆ ಗಾಡಿಯವರ ರುಚಿ ಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ಈಗ ನಿಮ್ಮ blog ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರೋ ಮಸಾಲಪುರಿ picture ನೋಡಿದಮೇಲೆ ಖಂಡಿತ ಮಾಡ್ಲೇ ಬೇಕು ಅನ್ಸಿದಿ.

Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Shubha said...

Thanks Uma... will wait for your reply after trying.....

id chennagide Kalpane!!!

Kalpane said...

ಹಾಯ್ ಶುಭ

ನಿನ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೆ ನೋಡಿ ಮಸಾಲಾ ಪುರಿ
ಬಹಳ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು ಬಾಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರೂರಿ
ಏನಂತ ವರ್ಣಿಸಲಿ ಅದರ ಆ ಪರಿ
ಯಜಮಾನರ ಸಂತೋಷ ವಿಪರೀತ ರಿ
ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೆಲ್ಲಾ ನನ್ನ ತಟ್ಟಿಗೇ ಸುರಿ
ಅಂತ ತಿಂದು ಬಾಯ ಚಪ್ಪರಿಸಿದರು ರಿ

ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು!! ಶುಭ.

ಗಾಡಿ ಮೇಲೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದನ್ನ ತಿನ್ನಕ್ಕೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಇಷ್ಟ ಪಡಲ್ಲ ನನ್ನ Husband.

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Thank you so much.

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ಹೇಗಿದೆ ಅಂತ ತಿಳಿಸಿ.

Thank you.

Melli said...

One question - what is green chutney? Is it mint or coriander chutney? My sister and I crave for the gadiwallah's taste, so we can't wait to try it! Melli

divya said...

Thanks Shubha avre... naanu mysore navle.. nan husb Bangaloorinavru..Neev CKC Navru antha gothaithu.. Naanu nan BE NIE nalli madiddu, ade area ,So nimge chamundipuram circal nalli maro masala puri tindirbeku, alli avnu bowl nalli kodtane.. adra taste naan ivath vargu yellu tindilla.. Namma Mys gaadi masala poori bele Ind inda horge bandmle mostly yelaargu gothagiruthe..
nimma recipe naan try madde , nan husband frenz north Indian's goo tinsde , Sth.Ind nalli istu volle chat sigodu avrge gothe irlilla.. We loved it!!


Shubha said...

@Melli, Green chutney is the mixture of coriander and greenchillies.. if you are in US you will find SWAD green chutney , and if in India, Just grind, few corianderleaves,some chillies, a pinch of salt and some lemonjuice together.


Thanks a lot for visiting and am glad you liked and enjoyed masalpuri.. Cannot forget chamundipuram and ballal cirlce masalapuri ivella pricess... I would die for churumuri and masalapuri.Eegantu churumuri nalle varietes bere maadtare.. difficult to resist.

Pooja said...

hi shubha....... tumba thanks... naanu ee recipe na tumba dinadinda hudukutaayidde... ee weekend try maadtini....

Pooja said...

hey shubha.. naanu mysore navale... double road nalli pani puri tumba chennagiruthe... matte chamundipuram masala puri anthu sooooooooper...

Rash said...

Hi Shubha,

was desperately looking for masala puri recipe....i'm soooooooo happy to find this gonna try this one tom....thank u sooo much.....marimallappa's anta nodi full khushi aitu....btw i'm Mari's product too ;)...98 batch.... aaaww...miss the special masala puri near CKC.. :(

Shubha said...

Hi Rash...

good to know you are from mysore too.. Do let me know how the masala puri turned out..

manjula said...

I tried this recipe today and I loved it a lot.Thanks for ur great work and keep it up.


Bunch of Buddies said...

When I was studying in SDM, we used to bunk college and go eat this :) We used to eat the churmuri too..can post the magic recipe for that :)

Shubha said...

thanks Manjula...
@Bunch of Buddies..

Will do that for sure.. I am trying to wring out of him what he uses for the green chutney.. have a faint idea though.Thanks for visiting.

Roops said...

Hey Shubha

I am from CKC too...(Throughout my schooling life)... I miss the batani and sauthekayi in the gadi... I have been searching for masala puri recipe for so long.... Thanks for the recipe..


sowmya said...

Hi Shubha,

Thanks a lot of the recipe.......
It was really wonderful.

Anonymous said...

HMMMM Shubha mouthwatering!!!!

poornima said...

shubha, hmmmm, it tasted heaven, tumba chennagittu, though i missed getting the sev...., tasted yummmmm!!! kudos shubha for your recipe , wahhhhh!!!

madhuri said...

Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe. I had been searching for this recipe for a long time. Masala puri came out very well.
5 stars for this recipe.

Rajesh said...

tried it - was amazing... u'r notes leading up the receipe makes one nostalgic...

Shubha said...

Thanks Soumya, Anon,poornima, madhuri and Rajesh.

I am glad Rajesh. I get nostalgic with so many simple pleasures of life which our kids dont seem to relish. But... cest la vie..

Prasanna Dinesh said...

Hello dear... Prasanna Bhat from Mumbai. I am very thankful to you for such a nice masaal puri recp. I had done my engineering is Malnad College, Hassan. I tried your recp yesterday and got the exact same taste of gaadi masalpuri of hassan hostel side which is very famous... My friend studied with me also tasted this and we shocked by the same taste. Thanks a lot. Next week I am arraging a party in home and this masaal puri will be one of the item I am going to prepare !!! Thanks a lot once again... I loved it...

Uma said...

Dear Shuba,
I used to live in Mumbai way back in the 70s,and we used to come every vacation to Mysore to my grand parents house in Chamundipuram.I have very fond memories ,esp of going to eat the Churmuri( Shettra Churmuri) and Masale puri which was simply divine. You wont get Masal puri anywhere else,I have eaten in Bengaluru recently but still doesnt taste like the olden days at all.
I never found this dish in Pune and Mumbai and now i live in UAE since 15 years, never found churmuri or masal puri here. I make churmuri here at home but it doesnt taste like the mysore one.Thats BECAUSE the white puri that we get here really tastes awful and we dont have variety.
I longed to eat Mysore masal puri and today came across your site.Am glad to have finally found the recipe. Thanx a lot.
Will surely try out the recipe,and let u know the result.

Truly Mysore is the most magical place of all times, the beautiful places, the streets the trees,the food, and the people most of all.Million memories of mine dwell in Mysore even now ......!!


Shubha said...

Thanks Prasanna Dinesh for tryig and liking .. I am glad you can make it at home now.

@Uma, indeed I LOVE MYSORE, masalapuri and churumuri... the trick is to add some puliyogare powder to the churmuri divulged one gaadi fellow. Shetrru is now more so churumuri isnt there any more .Kolhapuri chat (by a marathi couple) is ruling the roost in chamundipuram and ramanuja road.
Masalapuri is still the same in ballal.... but golguppa (up and bihar)style is gaining on our gaadi panipuri and masalpuri... try it and let me know how it turned out.

Uma said...

Yeah i thought so Shubha, that some magic masala pwdr was missing, cant be just the garam masala....which one do u recommend in garam masala? And I dont have Pulliyogare pwdr as its not easily available here. Was planning to make today, but guess will have to hunt for the right powders first, Will let u know....
Sad to know tht Shettr is no more, His memory will always be there for all of us.

Regards, Uma

Uma said...

Shubha u have mentioned Tamarind chutney also here, so pls can u share tht recipe too, Thanks.

Uma said...

Made Mysore Masale Puri FINALLY!! It was
Yummy!! I'd say i got 95% of the same taste of the Gaadiwalla. Even my usually fussy hubby agreed to eat and even liked it.
So Shubha thanks a lot! Today am trying out your Corn Manchurian.

Happy DASSERA to You.

Deeksha... said...

must try... I used visit my ajji in Mysore in Summer and would have this yummy treat near dodda gadiyara...

Bayialli neer barutha idhe...I miss churmuri as well :)
Thanks for the recipe...will definately try!!

Anupama said...

Woow..... really superb... had tasted masala puri at mumbai, delhi etc ,,, but couldnt get this taste.... reminds me of my mysore days... thanks...