Puri Usli/ Spiced Puffed Rice

Back in the days when eating out was not very popular, 'Puri Usli' was probably the most popular snack down home. My mother made this often when we were kids mostly for a light evening snack. Of course she was the type who did not believe in 'do minute rukh sakte hai ......Maggi Maggi'. Now i do! Times have changed and what was a rare treat is now something we eat every other day, courtesy Nestle foods( what do you think is driving their upward bound revenues) And what was a humble snack back then is a treat today. So last week we decided to have this treat after returning from work.

The only disadvantage of this this quickie dish is that non-availability of good quality puffed rice. Its such a simple dish that a good quality puffed rice becomes very important.I am not very happy with the ones available here in North America. But it is OK.

Puffed rice 1 medium bag
Onion red 1 big chopped fine
Green Chillies 9 and above
Coconut grated 3 tbsp
Channa dal 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Curry leaves 10
Lemon juice

Wash the puffed rice in a colander and drain it well. Set it aside. Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, hing, channa dal, urad dal, hing, curry leaves in order. Keep stirring. Add chillies, onion and coconut. Toss. Once the onions are translucent mix in the drained puffed rice. Finish with coriander.
Serve hot with Chutney pudi

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