In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

A Typical Trinbagonian Pholourie Recipe.

trini pholourie recipeIt’s funny how things always seem to get in the way to prevent you from doing things you plan. A few days back when I posted the recipe for  mango chutney, I had planned on making a batch of pholourie to accompany the chutney. Afterall they’re like peas in a pod… they go together. Looking back I can’t recall what my excuse is/was for not doing as I planned, but all is not lost as I have the pholouire recipe ready for you below.

A quick call to my mom and I had a recipe waiting to be explored. However she mentioned that there are several versions of this recipe and it’s all about personal taste. Personally she uses yeast in her’s and very little ground split peas, but I didn’t. I was also told that some people usually put a dash of curry powder in the dough. Again I didn’t, but my final product could easily rival any that you’ve ever tasted before. Trust meh!


You’ll need…

1 cup ground split peas
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 hot pepper (crushed) – optional but it does add a nice kick to things.
1 1/3 cups water
oil for deep frying

This is so simply you’ll be left asking yourself why did it ever take me so long to make this.

I started off by placing the 2 cloves of garlic, salt and the piece of hot pepper (I used habanero) into my mortar and using the pestle I created a smooth paste. You’ll notice I placed the salt in this, rather than directly into the batter. the roughness of the salt works great to help crush the pepper and garlic into the required paste.

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trinidad pholourie

Let’s now prepare the batter. In a large bowl place the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, split peas powder and turmeric) and whisk together. I like doing this so I can incorporate everything before we add the water. After whisking, I then add the crushed garlic/salt/pepper mixture and water. Mix thoroughly to form a lump-free batter and allow to sit for about 30 minutes (feel free to use immediately if you’re in a rush).

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pholourie mixture

In a fairly deep frying pan put enough oil to deep fry (about 4 cups or more)  and heat on med to high. TIP! While the oil heats get a basket or bowl and line with a couple paper towels to place the cooked pholourie to absorb the excess oil from frying. Also get a long handle tongs to help avoid getting burned from any splatter.

When the oil is hot, using 2 table spoons scoop a tablespoon of batter and place into the hot oil. Use the second spoon to scrape the batter off the original spoon. Don’t worry if the first batch turns out a bit deformed in shape, you’ll quickly get the hang of it. You’ll notice that it will easily double in size as it cooks. Using a fork, flip them over so each side gets to cook evenly. You’re looking for a golden brown colour and the pholourie will start floating as an indication that the center is fully cooked. Remove from the oil and place on the paper towels.

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Don’t forget to get the mango chutney recipe I posted a few days back to compliment this tasty snack and do let me know if you encountered any snags or have any questions by leaving me a comment in the area provided below. BTW, if you’d like to make this a bit lighter (less dense) and would like to explore the recipe with yeast, let me know and I’ll share that recipe with you.

One final comment… this batter makes about 20-25 pholouire depending how big you make them. Happy cooking!

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