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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Aunty Jang's Pholourie

Pholourie is another very popular snack food in Trinidad. It's soft, chewy, fluffy and savory, similar in texture to a fritter. I vividly recall the parlour across the street from my primary school that sold the most delicious, melt in your mouth pholourie.  Everyday I reserved money to buy a bag at lunchtime. Hot and smothered with sweet boiled mango chutney, they disappeared before I crossed the street to return to school. It's truly one of the best memories of my primary school days. [Funny how my happiest childhood memories revolve around food!]

Last weekend I invited Aunty Jang, Mummy's youngest sister, to spend the weekend with me. We had lots of fun eating, walking on the beach, eating, walking on the beach, eating….and measuring the ingredients for this pholourie. [Several people requested this recipe and I am elated that it is finally ready.]

[Other popular Trinidad snacks]

Why Aunty Jang’s pholourie recipe? Aunty Jang inherited the gift of cooking from Nana(her father), who was usually called upon to cook at weddings and prayers in Trinidad. When he retired that esteemed position because of age, Aunty Jang assumed the responsibility. I have seen the lady knead what appeared to be hundreds of pounds of flour. When she moved to the US, she worked at several restaurants and is responsible for the large tray of pholourie at family gatherings. I am sure you would agree that she is highly qualified.

Most importantly, Aunty Jang is the fun, carefree aunty, the one who dances, sings and parties heartily. She is probably the one I inherited my tom-boyishness from. In her fifties (I am not allowed to tell you whether it's late or early 50’s lol) she was riding my daughter’s bicycle and playing "Skip it" with my kids. She is also the aunty who fearlessly drove anything with four wheels, which inspired me to want to drive too. The one with the outspoken faith who helped me find religion which led me to spirituality where I found God--within me.

Some people use split peas flour in their recipe but when you buy pholourie nowadays they are more than likely made using only flour, so that’s the recipe I am sharing today.  Do not be dismayed if they are not as round as in the photos. With lots of practice they will become perfectly round…….to match the perfectly round hips and belly you would get from eating too much, so enjoy in moderation nah and doh worry too much about perfecting de shape [Trini talk].

Enjoy as a snack or serve as an appetizer at parties and other gatherings with mango chutney(click for recipe). 

Aunty Jang's Trinidad Pholourie
(Makes the amount seen in the pic plus a few more)

2 cups all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
½ teaspoon turmeric ( we only used ¼ tsp organic turmeric as seen in the pics but I increased it here)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons green seasoning
About 1 2/3 cups of warm water 

About 4 cups of vegetable oil for frying

Note: I tested this recipe using both organic and regular turmeric (referred to as "saffron" in Trinidad). ¼ teaspoon organic turmeric produced the same color as ½ teaspoon "Trinidad saffron"..So go figure.


Combine all ingredients except water in a medium bowl.

Gradually add warm water and whisk "vigorously" with a fork until smooth and somewhat fluffy—see pic.

Cover with two damp paper towels and allow to rest until more than doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
[It will probably be more dense and chewy at the one hour mark]
We waited 2 hours and the pholourie was very light and airy. 

Heat about 4 cups of oil in a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. 

When hot, but not smoking, use a regular “eating” spoon to scoop the batter and another spoon to help shape and drop it carefully into the pot. Alternatively, you may use your hand to scoop up the batter and squeeze it gently into the pot, pushing the batter into the oil with your thumb. Oil hands or spoon before scooping out batter-----you may use oil or water. 

Do not overcrowd pot. 

Be gentle with the batter as you do not want to squeeze out the air bubbles.

Pholourie may flip by themselves in the pot but move them back and forth using a slotted spoon to ensure even cooking. 

If the heat is too high they may brown quickly and appear cooked but the inside will be uncooked. If they start to brown too quickly, immediately lower heat. 

When they feel light and are a light golden brown, remove to a paper towel lined bowl. Break one to confirm that the inside is cooked. 

Repeat the same process with the remaining batter.

Wrap leftovers in a paper towel, place in a resealable bag or airtight container and refrigerate, up to one week.


Pic of Toco, Trinidad


Cooking with Ria said...

Looks so good! Thanks for the recipe.I will be sure to try it! I enjoy reading the nice stories you tell to accompany your recipes and looking at the fabulous pics you post.Haven't been to Toco in ages!

Cooking with Ria said...

Yummy, going to have to check for the ingredients. Not sure I can wait two hours for the mixture to rise. And yes Soph most of my childhood memories have food at the cornerstone, hehe.

Cooking with Ria said...

I tried my hands at the pholourie today. I halved mostly everything since I didn't want a big batch. I also used only 1/2 tsp of yeast, yet mine were crisp on the outside but soft on the inside.....what could have been my error? The taste was really good though. Happy Mother's day to you in advance.

Cooking with Ria said...

Hi Hazel. .sounds like the oil was too hot..try lowering the heat next time..when mixing the batter, whisk it alot and also don't forget the two hour resting time! Thanks for the mother's day wishes..!

Cooking with Ria said...

I tried this recipe and I absolutely loved it...I added a few ingredients of my own...I would like to triple the amount but wanted to know if I can triple the ingredients and would the texture change?

Cooking with Ria said...

I knew I liked your blog beyond just your down to earth way of writing and inspiring blog followers like myself! So glad you shared your faith testimony! Now I get it : ) btw my kids LOVE pholourie so I can't wait to make it homemade for them.

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