Pholourie Recipe: Embrace the Irresistible Crunch of Trinidadian Street Food!

Dish recipes: Pholourie
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Embark on a delectable journey to the streets of Trinidad and Tobago with our tantalizing Pholourie recipe! Pholourie is a beloved street food that encapsulates the delightful blend of spices and textures found in Caribbean cuisine. In this recipe, we'll guide you through creating the perfect Pholourie, where flavorful chickpea flour batter is deep-fried to golden perfection. Get ready to savor the savory traditions of Trinidad and Tobago and enjoy a plate of authentic island comfort.


For the Pholourie Batter:

2 cups chickpea flour (besan)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

Salt, to taste

Water, as needed

For the Tamarind Chutney:

  1. 1 cup tamarind pulp

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

Salt, to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Pholourie Batter

In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour, baking powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, and salt. Gradually add water while whisking to create a smooth batter with a pancake-like consistency.

Step 2: Heat Oil for Frying

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pot or fryer to 350°F (175°C).

Step 3: Fry the Pholourie

Using a spoon or your fingers, carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until the Pholourie are golden brown and crisp on the outside, while light and airy on the inside. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Step 4: Prepare the Tamarind Chutney

In a saucepan, combine tamarind pulp, brown sugar, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the chutney thickens and reaches a syrupy consistency.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Arrange the crispy Pholourie on a serving plate. Serve the Pholourie with the homemade tamarind chutney for dipping.

Congratulations! You've successfully prepared Pholourie, a culinary masterpiece that brings the vibrant street food culture of Trinidad and Tobago to your plate. With its flavorful chickpea batter and tangy tamarind chutney, this dish offers an authentic taste of tradition and culinary adventure. Share the joy of Pholourie with friends and family, and let them experience the delightful allure of Caribbean comfort food. Happy cooking and enjoy the flavorful journey of Pholourie!