Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) – Saveur Magazine “Best Of The Web”!

Pholourie

July 5, 2010: Sometime between when this post was originally written in 2007 and now it appears Saveur Magazine selected this recipe as one of its ‘Best Of The Web‘, and Trinigourmet.com as one of its ‘Sites We Love’. I can’t explain how much this means to me as it has always been my hope and aim to disseminate Trinidadian cuisine to the wider world. It really makes the long hours cooking, writing, photographing and editing, not to mention the ongoing expenses, worth it. Thanks so much! :)

Yum Yum Yum. I love Trinidad street food. And I love love love pholourie. Pholourie are basically little balls of split pea flour fried and served in a thin sweet chutney sauce (usually mango or tamarind). You can buy them in little paper bags with the sauce in a little plastic bag included. So yum. When I was working in Port of Spain I would often buy a pack of pholourie and a doubles for my breakfast. So the yum!

Pholourie is not restricted to roadside vendors though, I’ve also eaten it as hors d’oeuvres at weddings and other events.

This was my first attempt at making pholourie at home and I was really surprised at how easy it came together. I wanted to have to a nice shot of the pholouries as they were draining, fresh out of the oil but my parents kept hovering and eating them still hot, so I never did get that shot. I suppose that’s a good sign for a cook tho? :lol: Also surprising, was finding out that this was my mother’s first taste of Pholourie. “MMM! So -this- is Pholourie!” she cried. I was shocked!

“C’mon momz, you’ve been living in Trinidad for over 30 years now!”

“True”, she said, adding that she didn’t eat street food though. I think she ate more of them than anyone
“They’re really moreish, aren’t they?”
“Yes mom, they’re totally ‘moreish’.

She’s never had doubles either. Well that will also change by the end of this week ;)

Pholourie
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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups split peas powder
1/2 cup flour
1 clove garlic, finely minced/pureed
1- 1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper
1 teaspoon saffron powder or 2 tsp curry powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
oil for deep frying

METHOD:

1. Mix split peas powder with all ingredients except water.

2. Add enough water to make a thick batter. Let rest for 1 hour.

3. Heat oil in heavy pot.
4. Drop batter, a teaspoon at a time into the hot oil, and let cook until puffed and golden brown.

Phoulorie

5. Serve with a thin fruit chutney sauce or a peppery tamarind sauce. I made a killer sauce by combining equal parts mango chutney and water and pureeing them with 1 clove of garlic. This is the consistency of pholourie sauce that one usually gets when purchasing locally on the roadside.

Pholourie

Spelling variations: Phoulorie, Pholourhie

This entry was originally published January 30, 2007. It has been updated once since then

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  • Ant

    Finally, I had my first Pholourie at DC Carnival (along with my first curry chicken Roti) a few weeks ago. WOW and WOW!!!

    I either need to visit Trinidad for about a month every year and/or marry a wonderful man from Trinidad that knows how to cook well.

    Well, I guess I could learn how to cook it myself, but I like the other options better.

    Delicious food.

    -Ant
    VIRGINIA – USA

  • Ant

    Finally, I had my first Pholourie at DC Carnival (along with my first curry chicken Roti) a few weeks ago. WOW and WOW!!!

    I either need to visit Trinidad for about a month every year and/or marry a wonderful man from Trinidad that knows how to cook well.

    Well, I guess I could learn how to cook it myself, but I like the other options better.

    Delicious food.

    -Ant
    VIRGINIA – USA

  • Dominique

    I MADE THIS AND IT CAME OUT HORRIBLE…. I NEED A PRECISE MEASUREMENT FOR THE WATER BECAUSE I MADE IT CORRECT THEN AFTER IT RISED WITH THE YEAST IT WAS TOO THICK AND THE AMOUNT OF SAFFRON U SUGGESTED MAKE MINE VERY DARK IT LOOKED BURNT WHEN IT COOKED IT TASTED DISGUSTING.. IM SORRY BUT CAN YOU PLEASE RE DO THE RECIPE?… THANK YOU FOR ALL THE OTHER RECIPES WERE GREAT!!

    p.s does it matter what brand of split peas?

  • Dominique

    I MADE THIS AND IT CAME OUT HORRIBLE…. I NEED A PRECISE MEASUREMENT FOR THE WATER BECAUSE I MADE IT CORRECT THEN AFTER IT RISED WITH THE YEAST IT WAS TOO THICK AND THE AMOUNT OF SAFFRON U SUGGESTED MAKE MINE VERY DARK IT LOOKED BURNT WHEN IT COOKED IT TASTED DISGUSTING.. IM SORRY BUT CAN YOU PLEASE RE DO THE RECIPE?… THANK YOU FOR ALL THE OTHER RECIPES WERE GREAT!!

    p.s does it matter what brand of split peas?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dominique – so sorry you’ve had a problem with the recipe as it’s one I use often without incident. The next time I make it I’ll record the amount of water used as I go by feel usually on these things.

    Some suggestions: The split pea flour should be finely ground, like powdered sugar

    The saffron/curry powder, is a personal preference. I have not had probs with it making the batter too dark (as you can see in the pic). It may be the brand you used, in that case definitely use less. The color change should really be negligible, just a little bit darker.

    Now the most important part, the consistency of the batter. It should be thick, but still wet. Think of cake or brownie batter. You don’t want it to appear like dough, it should still be easy to stir and have a glossy finish. I’d rather you erred on the side of the dough being a little too wet than too dry.

    Do give the recipe another try with those suggestions and changes implemented and let me know if they made a difference :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dominique – so sorry you’ve had a problem with the recipe as it’s one I use often without incident. The next time I make it I’ll record the amount of water used as I go by feel usually on these things.

    Some suggestions: The split pea flour should be finely ground, like powdered sugar

    The saffron/curry powder, is a personal preference. I have not had probs with it making the batter too dark (as you can see in the pic). It may be the brand you used, in that case definitely use less. The color change should really be negligible, just a little bit darker.

    Now the most important part, the consistency of the batter. It should be thick, but still wet. Think of cake or brownie batter. You don’t want it to appear like dough, it should still be easy to stir and have a glossy finish. I’d rather you erred on the side of the dough being a little too wet than too dry.

    Do give the recipe another try with those suggestions and changes implemented and let me know if they made a difference :)

  • Sebastian

    well i found this in an old indian cookbook finally..

    it had an extremely similar name

    hte book is “indian cookery”

    by e.p. veerasawmy

    philouries (dal fritters)

    1/2 lb dal flour (they spell it dhall)
    1/2 ts tumeric
    1/2 ts ground cumin seed
    1/2 ts ground red chillies
    2 red or green fresh or pickled chillies, finely minced
    1 large onion finely minced
    2 cloves garlic finely minced

    make thick batter with salt and pepper to taste, one egg, beaten, and enough sour milk or curds

    cook in spoonfuls in hot oil until golden rown

    sounds familiar!

    i have to find out what is meant by sour milk and curds

    they have another one that is made out of soojee which is indian wheat flour but the name is the same (philouries)

  • Sebastian

    well i found this in an old indian cookbook finally..

    it had an extremely similar name

    hte book is “indian cookery”

    by e.p. veerasawmy

    philouries (dal fritters)

    1/2 lb dal flour (they spell it dhall)
    1/2 ts tumeric
    1/2 ts ground cumin seed
    1/2 ts ground red chillies
    2 red or green fresh or pickled chillies, finely minced
    1 large onion finely minced
    2 cloves garlic finely minced

    make thick batter with salt and pepper to taste, one egg, beaten, and enough sour milk or curds

    cook in spoonfuls in hot oil until golden rown

    sounds familiar!

    i have to find out what is meant by sour milk and curds

    they have another one that is made out of soojee which is indian wheat flour but the name is the same (philouries)

  • Divianshu

    soojee/suji is semolina flour, can be bought corse or fine, yellow or white. Curds means yogurt and sour milk, I don’t know. I’m actually a kenyan hindu. It’s intresting how similar food is. I’m enjoying learning a taste for trinny food with the blog and thanks for the insparation. I’m actually going to attempt to make roti tonight.
    Thanks again and good luck
    Dave

  • Divianshu

    soojee/suji is semolina flour, can be bought corse or fine, yellow or white. Curds means yogurt and sour milk, I don’t know. I’m actually a kenyan hindu. It’s intresting how similar food is. I’m enjoying learning a taste for trinny food with the blog and thanks for the insparation. I’m actually going to attempt to make roti tonight.
    Thanks again and good luck
    Dave

  • http://yahoo denise

    hot tasty mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm pholourie.try one and another one and another one and well eat all

  • Jonathan

    lol….im eating some now….when my uncle Bobby brought home some he gave me…..in me paper bag of course xD….so i goodled it to watch some good pics to open my appitite even more xD……btw….you can also use normal flour….and a bit of safron for colour ;)

  • Jonathan

    lol….im eating some now….when my uncle Bobby brought home some he gave me…..in me paper bag of course xD….so i goodled it to watch some good pics to open my appitite even more xD……btw….you can also use normal flour….and a bit of safron for colour ;)

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  • Aldric Left

    Gawd gyul… ah cyah wait for Thursday to do this…

  • Aldric Left

    Gawd gyul… ah cyah wait for Thursday to do this…

  • trindiangirl

    Does anyone know where I can find split pea flour in the Los Angeles area? Please help out a homesick Trini in Cali.

  • trindiangirl

    Does anyone know where I can find split pea flour in the Los Angeles area? Please help out a homesick Trini in Cali.

  • jo

    This is great! Last time my husband was home he brought back four pouches of pholouri mix and got me hooked, but once the pre-made mixes were gone–no more pholouri. Now I know what to go get to make my own. Thanks!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Dear Jo, there is nooo comparison between pholourhie from scratch and the ones that come from a mix :D i think you’ll enjoy!

  • jo

    This is great! Last time my husband was home he brought back four pouches of pholouri mix and got me hooked, but once the pre-made mixes were gone–no more pholouri. Now I know what to go get to make my own. Thanks!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Dear Jo, there is nooo comparison between pholourhie from scratch and the ones that come from a mix :D i think you’ll enjoy!

  • jo

    do you have any recipies for mango or tamarind chutney? thanks.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hey Jo, I don’t have any at the moment. I keep meaning to make/post one :)

  • jo

    do you have any recipies for mango or tamarind chutney? thanks.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hey Jo, I don’t have any at the moment. I keep meaning to make/post one :)

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  • starzyy1

    your recipes are awesomely awesome!!!!!!!!!
    i want to make some more but dont know where i can get a tawah or split peas flour or any of those things i remember some time back you said a website but i cant remember it thanks a bunch and keep up the good cookin :)

  • starzyy1

    your recipes are awesomely awesome!!!!!!!!!
    i want to make some more but dont know where i can get a tawah or split peas flour or any of those things i remember some time back you said a website but i cant remember it thanks a bunch and keep up the good cookin :)

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  • janelle

    I am definately going to try your recipe, sounds real simple and i now feeling shame for using the polourie mix. For trinis in london, i have been buying in bulk Lion Brand Polourie Mix, it is the best.

    I can spare some reluctantly if anyone interested.

    I actually made some today with tambrand sauce and kutchela and Aloo Pie. (I cant see a recipe for aloo pie on your site).

    Best Trini snacks.. I will try making doubles tommorrow.lol

  • janelle

    I am definately going to try your recipe, sounds real simple and i now feeling shame for using the polourie mix. For trinis in london, i have been buying in bulk Lion Brand Polourie Mix, it is the best.

    I can spare some reluctantly if anyone interested.

    I actually made some today with tambrand sauce and kutchela and Aloo Pie. (I cant see a recipe for aloo pie on your site).

    Best Trini snacks.. I will try making doubles tommorrow.lol

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/4mystickitty 4mystickitty

    This looks very interesting. Looks like something I could make, except I'm not sure where to find the split pea powder. I love to try it though.
    My recent post Making a home cooked meal for your adorable kitty cat

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/4mystickitty 4mystickitty

    This looks very interesting. Looks like something I could make, except I'm not sure where to find the split pea powder. I love to try it though.
    My recent post Making a home cooked meal for your adorable kitty cat

  • Split Pea Powder??

    Where can I buy split pea powder in London? Sad without my pholouri n dhalpouri n doubles ! ; ((

  • Split Pea Powder??

    Where can I buy split pea powder in London? Sad without my pholouri n dhalpouri n doubles ! ; ((

  • Amissmehtrinibad

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