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Puffed rice (Telugu:Maramaralu, Tamil:பொரி , Malayalam:പൊരി, Marathi:चिरमुरे) is a type of puffed grain made from rice; usually made by heating rice kernels under high pressure in the presence of steam, though the method of manufacture varies widely.

Origin

Pori (Puffed Rice) has been mentioned in various Tamil literatures as an offering to Hindu deities.

  • Pori offered to Vinayagar (Lord Ganesh) with jaggery, mentioned in Tiruppugazh, a 15th century anthology of Tamil religious songs, written by Arunagirinathar, Tamil poet.


Usage

Puffed rice is used in snack foods and breakfast cereals, and is also a popular street food in some parts of the world. It is an ingredient of bhel puri, a popular Indian chaat item. It is also used in temples and gurdwaras as prasad.

Pori is offered to Hindu God and Goddess in all poojas in the South Indian state of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Pilgrims of Sabarimala often pack puffed rice in their Irumudikettu along with jagery meant to be offered to Lord Ayyappan. To Lord Ganesh puffed rice (Pori) is offered without fail since its meant to be most liked by him, says Tamil saints. Also as snacks all over the state. Making Pori is the main family business for centuries among many villages around Namakkal, Avinashi in Tamil Nadu.

A traditional puffed rice called muri (sometimes spelled mouri) is made by heating rice in a sand-filled oven. Muri is to rice as popcorn is to corn. The processing involved makes rice less...
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