Easy Trinidad Pholourie Recipe with Split Peas Powder

Pholourie is a seasoned, deep fried dough ball made with flour, split peas powder, turmeric and seasonings. It’s a popular street snack in T&T and can be considered vegan, although it contains yeast.

Pholourie is often served with chutneys and sauces including tamarind sauce. Some vendors also sell other street favorites like doubles, aloo pie, saheena and more.

pholourie in white bowl with pink cloth on the side

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Pholourie ingredients

For this recipe I used: all purpose flour, split peas powder, yeast, sugar, seasoning like garlic, chadon beni, salt and pepper, turmeric, water for kneading and oil for frying.

You can find split peas or dhal flour on Amazon and, if you don’t want to make pholourie from scratch, you can buy the pholourie mix. Just add water, mix to form a smooth paste and start frying.

Instructional video

How to make pholourie

Knead

Add the flour, split peas powder, yeast, turmeric, sugar, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix everything together.

Blend the chadon beni and garlic together with some water until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients and start kneading. Also, add the water gradually and continue kneading.

The batter should be very soft and slurry-like. Whip the batter to loosen any flour lumps in there. Lumps will burst in the hot oil and can burn you pretty badly (and make a mess too). So, be sure the batter is very smooth.

pholourie batter

Leave to rest

SWith the batter mixed well, cover and leave to rest for about 45 minutes. This gives the yeast time to activate.

rested pholourie batter

Fry

Place a large pot on the stove on medium heat. Leave to heat up for a few minutes before adding about two or three cups of vegetable oil. Allow to heat up for about five to ten minutes. The oil should be nice and hot when frying.

My mother-in-law has a great technique for perfect pholourie. She does this by dipping her hand in a bowl of water before scooping up some batter. She closes her fingers to form a loose fist then turns her hand thumb side down over the oil. She usually squeezes her fingers to push the batter out of her hand through the space between her thumb and index finger. Doing this makes the pholourie rounded. (Check out the youtube video above for more).

When enough batter is squeezed out she slides her thumb to her index finger so the pholourie drops into the hot oil. Repeat to fill the pot with pholourie. You can also use an oiled spoon to drop the batter but it will not be as rounded or smooth.

In the oil, the pholourie sinks to the bottom but will eventually expand and float to the top. Turn after 3 or 4 minutes to ensure even browning.

frying pholourie

Remove after another three or four minutes and place in an airtight container lined with napkins or wax paper. Cover to trap the heat and keep the pholourie soft. For this recipe, you will have three or four batches to fry before you’re done.

Here’s a look at inside.

inside finished pholourie

What to serve with pholourie

This fried snack is often served with sauces and chutneys. You can try my tamarind sauce recipe with it – that’s the sauce in the photo above. Mango chutney and pommecythere (golden apple) chutney are also popular dipping sauces.

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Easy pholourie recipe

pholourie in white bowl with pink cloth on the side
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Trinidad pholourie

Looking for savory, Indian inspired fried dough balls that melt in your mouth, then you have to try pholourie. It is a popular street snack in T&T made with flour, split peas powder, turmeric and Caribbean seasonings.
Prep Time55 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean, Indian
Keyword: pholourie
Servings: 50 pholourie
Author: Ros Singh

Ingredients

  • cups flour
  • ¼ cup split peas powder
  • 1 packet yeast (11 g)
  • 10 chadon beni leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups water (warm)
  • oil for frying (approx. 2 – 3 cups)

Equipment

  • Blender

Instructions

Kneading

  • Blend garlic, chadon beni leaves and a little water until smooth.
  • Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add water a little at a time and knead to form a slurry.
  • Whisk until the batter becomes light, smooth and lump free (flour lumps will burst in the hot oil and may cause burns).
  • Cover.
  • Rest for 45 minutes.

Frying

  • Place a large pot on medium heat.
  • Add the oil and leave to heat up.
  • Dip your hands in a bowl of water.
  • Scoop up a handful of batter.
  • Close your fingers to form a fist.
  • Turn your fist thumb side down over the hot oil.
  • Squeeze your fingers to push a dollop of batter through the space between your thumb and index finger (this gives the pholourie its rounded shape).
  • Slide the thumb towards your index finger for the batter to drop into the hot oil.
  • Repeat scooping, squeezing and sliding until the pot is filled with pholourie.
  • Turn the pholourie after a minute and keep turning occassionally.
  • Remove after 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Place in an airtight container to trap the heat.
  • Serve hot with a sauce or chutney.

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