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Masala puri or masal puri is a Bangalorean chaat/street food, which is known for its fiery hot flavor. This famous Karnataka street food is spicy, greenish in color, and uses loads of herbs. This is one of my favorite Indian chaats just like pani puri. Here is my Bengaluru-style masala puri made in the instant pot.

A plate of bangalore style masala puri

What is Masala Puri?

Crispy and spicy instant pot masala puri

Masala puri is a chaat made from boiled green or yellow dried peas, a spicy cooked masala or thin gravy, crushed chaat puris, chopped onions and tomatoes, and some crispy Indian mixture.

delicious masal puri

The masala gravy is usually cooked separately and added to the boiled peas right before making the chaat. Some of the favorite toppings of this chaat are: grated carrots, chopped onions and tomatoes, and crispy sev/mixtures. The puris are crushed and used in this chaat unlike other street food chaats like pani puri and dahi puri.

What is The Green Masala?

green masala for chaat

The green masala is the thin, spicy gravy used in this chaat recipe. The green color comes from the herbs used in the paste.

Ingredients of green masala

Cilantro, mint, and green chilies are used with roasted dalia/channa daal, ginger, garlic, cooked peas and whole spices to make the spice paste. The paste is then cooked in little oil and thinned out to make a spicy gravy used as the base in the masala puri chaat. 

What does Masala Puri Chaat Consist of?

Bengaluru masala puri

The masala puri chaat has three major ingredient groups. Some of them are:

Cooked, dried peas: 

This chaat used cooked, dried yellow or green peas in the recipe. The dried peas must be soaked for at least four hours before boiled till soft.

Dried yellow peas

You can either use an instant pot or pressure cooker to make soft, cooked boiled peas for this recipe. Remember to add salt and turmeric while making this recipe. 

Bangalore masala puri

Spices:

This recipe uses whole spices such as cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, and dried red chilies. In addition, chaat masala is also used while serving this dish.

Easy, spicy masal puri

Veggies and herbs:

green masala ingredients

In this traditional recipe, carrots and potatoes are cooked with dried, soaked peas. However, I haven’t used any potatoes while making the peas base. You can always add carrots and cauliflower for a healthier veggie-filled peas. 

Masala puri w/ air-fryer puri

Herbs that are used in the recipe are cilantro, garlic and ginger, and mint leaves. Green chilies are also used to spice up the masala paste. 

Puris and sev/mixture:

Crispy, air-fryer puri

I have used my air-fried puris in this recipe. Feel free to use any variety of puris you have in handy. You can alternatively use papdis as well to make this chaat. However, you need to crush all the puris/papdis before making the chaat.

Baked bikaneri sev bhujia

A sev-based mixture is perfect as a topping in this recipe. You can add this crisp, baked sev in this recipe. 

Variations:

masal puri chaat

Some restaurants in southern India also serve orange-colored masala puri. To do that, they avoid the greens in the masala. You may use half green herbs and add more carrots in the peas while cooking. The carrots give a natural orange color to this recipe. 

Bangalore masal puri

Want to use air-fryer puri in this recipe? Here is the air-fryer puri recipe.

How to Make Masala Puri in The Instant Pot?

How to make masala puri chaat

Ingredients:

1 cup dried soaked yellow or green peas, 1 medium carrot (optional), 4 cups of water, Salt to taste, 1 tsp Turmeric powder

Masala Paste:

1 tsp cooking oil, 3 large garlic cloves, 2-4 green chilies, 2-4 dried red chilies, 1 inch fresh ginger, 1 small cinnamon, 3-4 small cloves, 5 black peppercorns, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup mint leaves, 1/3 cup dalia dal/roasted Chana dal, 1/3 cup cooked peas, Salt to taste 

Toppings:

20-25 air-fryer or regular puris, Chopped onions, Chopped tomatoes, Chopped cilantro, Chaat masala, Crispy sev/mixture, Lime juice

Method of Making Masala Puri in Instant Pot:

Cook the Peas:

How to cook peas in the instant pot
  • Wash, soak, and pressure cook the dried peas.
  • For 1 cup of soaked, dried peas, you will need 3 cups of water to cook.
  • Add salt and turmeric to the dried peas while cooking. 
Pressure cooking in instant pot

If cooking in the instant pot, set the IP to beans mode and for 6 minutes for a cup of dried peas. If you want really mushy peas, cook them for 12 minutes in high. Let the IP come to a natural pressure release on its own. 

Make the Masala:

Making the green masala gravy
  • For the masala, take 1/3 cup of cooked peas and an equal amount of dalia/roasted dalia dal in a blender jar.
  • Add all the other ingredients mentioned under the masala paste and make a thick yet smooth paste by using little water.
  • Make a fine paste by adding very little water to it. 
Green masala paste
  • Set the instant pot into a sauté mode and add 1 tbsp oil. Now add this masala paste and cook for 3-5 minutes until the masala bubbles and starts to thicken. 
  • Now add 3-4 cups of water (depending upon how you like the consistency). If you are planning to serve the chaat immediately, add the cooked peas and bring the curry to a boil. 
  • Adjust salt if necessary and switch off the IP.

Prepare the Chaat:

How to make chaat masal puri
  • Crush 5-7 puris on a plate and soak them with the spicy peas gravy.
  • Now add chopped onions, grated carrots, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Finish the chaat with a pinch of chaat masala, lime juice, and crispy sev or mixture. 
A plate full of masala puri
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!
Green masal puri
Masal Puri Chaat

Masala Puri|Masal Puri {Instant Pot}

Masala puri of masal puri is a Bangalorean chaat/street food, which is known for its fiery hot flavor. This famous Karnataka street food is spicy, greenish in color, and uses loads of herbs. This is one of my favorite Indian chaats just like pani puri. Here is my Bengaluru-style masala puri made in the instant pot.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Chaat
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy masala puri chaat, Instant pot masala puri, Masala puri chaat, Spicy masala puri
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried soaked yellow or green peas
  • 1 medium carrot optional
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder

Masala Paste

  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2-4 green chilies
  • 2-4 dried red chilies
  • 1- inch fresh ginger
  • 1 small cinnamon
  • 3-4 small cloves
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup dalia dal/roasted Chana dal
  • 1/3 cup cooked peas
  • Salt to taste

Toppings

  • 20-25 air-fryer or regular puris
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chaat masala
  • Crispy sev/mixture
  • Lime juice

Instructions

Cook the Peas

  • Wash, soak and pressure cook the dried peas.
  • For 1 cup of soaked, dried peas, you will need 3 cups of water to cook.
  • Add salt and turmeric and the carrot to the dried peas while cooking.
  • If cooking in the instant pot, set the IP to beans mode and for 6 minutes for a cup of dried peas. If you want really mushy peas, cook them for 12 minutes in high. Let the IP come to a natural pressure release on its own.

Make the Masala

  • For the masala, take 1/3 cup of cooked peas and an equal amount of dalia/roasted dalia dal in a blender jar. Add all the other ingredients mentioned under the masala paste and make a thick yet smooth paste by using little water. Make a fine paste by adding very little water to it.
  • Set the instant pot into a sauté mode and add 1 tbsp oil. Now add this masala paste and cook for 3-5 minutes until the masala bubbles and starts to thicken.
  • Now add 3-4 cups of water (depending upon how you like the consistency).
  • If you are planning to serve the chaat immediately, add the cooked peas and bring the curry to a boil.
  • Adjust salt if necessary and switch off the IP.

Prepare the Chaat

  • Crush 5-7 puris on a plate and soak them with the spicy peas gravy.
  • Now add chopped onions, grated carrots, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Finish the chaat with a pinch of chaat masala, lime juice and crispy sev or mixture.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Serving: 210g | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 7g
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Here is the air-fryer recipe:

Air-Fryer Puri

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11 comments

Millie July 12, 2020 - 10:21 am

5 stars
I have never heard before about Masala Puri, it looks so interesting. I really like sweet pea so it will be perfect for me. I am going to try it tomorrow as my pea in the garden is already ripe..but do you think that fresh pea will be good for it? I grow “Telefon” variety from seeds bought on gardenseedsmarket.com It is good in taste, quite sweet and I have added it once while making a soup. Probably it will also fit here.

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Bernice Hill July 15, 2020 - 11:04 pm

5 stars
I have never heard of a green masala…and I love it! This dish looks so fresh and vibrant. I’m not sure where to get puri…can I just buy them at my nearest Indian grocery store or do I make them?

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veenaazmanov July 17, 2020 - 12:39 pm

5 stars
Definitely best for street food lovers. A spicy and yummy treat. Best time to try it homemade during this lock down period. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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Tatiana July 17, 2020 - 1:38 pm

5 stars
It looks like a spicy and super yummy treat! I never heard about Masala Puri before, but I can’t wait to try it!

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Paula Montenegro July 17, 2020 - 4:15 pm

5 stars
I never heard of this type of masala but I’m loving it just by looking at the pictures! Can’t wait to try it.

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Amy Liu Dong July 17, 2020 - 9:26 pm

5 stars
First time to hear about Masala Puri and looks really delicious and a flavorful dish to make for my family. I will def try this.

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen July 17, 2020 - 10:12 pm

Mmm… I think I just heard my tummy growl. lol. Thank you for making me hungry

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Kari Alana July 18, 2020 - 12:15 pm

This is such a such a fun and colourful dish. I love pain puri so I think I am going to enjoy making this myself.

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Uma Srinivas July 19, 2020 - 7:27 pm

5 stars
Masala Puri Chaat is my favorite snack! I make this often, your recipe picture Looks great. It reminds me to do this coming weekends:)

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Amy | amycaseycooks July 19, 2020 - 8:42 pm

Ooooh! I can’t wait to make dried peas in my Instant Pot. I love all the herbs and spices in this recipe 🙂

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Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey July 20, 2020 - 3:37 am

Love anything chaat so this is a great recipe! I definitely have to make this at some point as that green masala looks so tempting!

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