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March 14, 2009


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I have shared the recipes of 4 different podi recipes which we have with rice/idli/dosa along with sesame oil. Even bachelors can try this by grinding them in lots and store in an air tight container. After coming from the tiresome job , they can just mix this podi in rice and enjoy with papad for a simple , quick n delightful dinner !!
Here are the podis,

This podi is served in most of the restaurants as paruppu podi!! My mom used to make it like this..
  • Fried gram dal / DALIA – 1 handful / 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly – 2 nos
  • Pepper corns – 10 - 15 nos (depends on ur taste)
  • Garlic flakes – 4 nos ( skin removed, finely chopped )
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Grind all the above into a fine powder and store it in an airtight container.
No roasting part is needed here .Hope bachelors would find it useful!!
It tastes heaven when mixed with plain rice adding ghee or sesame oil and paired with vatha kuzhambu.  

side dish!!Fried Gram Dal Powder!!


My MIL used to follow this method.I learnt it from her..
  • Toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly – 2 nos
  • Pepper corns – 10 nos
  • Garlic flakes – 4 nos(Skin removed)
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Heat a kadai with very little oil and roast the toor dal along with red chilly till nice aroma arises(toor dal will turn little golden brown).
  • Let it cool.Grind this into a powder by running the mixie (Should be slightly coarse).
  • Now add the pepper corns and garlic flakes.
  • Run the mixie once or twice.Check for salt.
  • No problem even if the salt is less,we can add while mixing with rice..
  • Store it in an airtight container.
The same way u can do it with moong dal…
Mix  with plain rice along with sesame oil /ghee .

Paruppu podi!!


This recipe is also from my MIL.Its very good to control Pitham (Bile secretions).So i have this podi regularly in my lunch.

  • Dry coriander seeds/Dhania – 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly – 1 no
  • Pepper corns – 10 – 15 nos.
  • Garlic flakes – 5 nos(Skin removed)
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste.
  • Heat a kadai and dry roast coriander seeds,pepper, jeera and red chilly till nice aroma arises(In Medium flame just 1-2 min roasting is sufficient).
  • Cool and Grind all the above items with required salt to make a powder.
  • Now add the garlic flakes and run the mixie once.
  • Store it in  an airtight container.. 
It tastes great when mixed with plain rice and sesame oil (of course with papad!!).

Corinader seeds powder!!


Last but not the least ,idly podi is our favorite.My father used to have at least one idly or dosa with podi at the end.He says eating with podi gives the fulfillment for tiffin.The recipe i have given is my mom’s version.Its a big hit among my dad’s friends.They used to ask the recipe for this idly podi I learnt this from her and i made it yesterday for the first time. My hubby just loved it.He liked the garlic flavor in it..

  • Urad dal – 1/4 cup
  • Channa dal / Kadalai paruppu – 1/8 cup
  • Red chilly – 12  nos(increase if u need spicy)
  • Curry leaves -  a sprig
  • Garlic flakes –7-8 nos
  • Asafetida – 2 pinches
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Heat a kadai with little oil and roast the dals with red chilly.
  • Add a pinch of hing/asafetida and roast it till the dals turn golden brown.Switch off the flame and add the curry leaves.
  • Mix it well so that the curry leaves will get dried in that heat.
  • Cool and grind it to a coarse powder without adding salt.
  • Now add the salt and garlic flakes and run the mixie twice.
Garlic flavored idly podi is ready to serve with idly/dosa along with gingely/sesame oil.

Idly Millagai Podi!!

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Shama Nagarajan said...

wow...yummy powders...

Saritha said...

yummy powders with hot rice.Loved mulaga podi

Vibaas said...

love all the podis and my mom/mil make them all (and i just eat them ;-))

Pooja said...

Lovely podis...Nice info...

sathya said...

great collection of podi's , looks yum.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

lovely podis, I specially like the idly milagai pogi... can smell the aroma here :)

Poornima Nair said...

All the podis look delicious. I hardly make any got a lot to learn.

Raks said...

I love all podis,looks wonderful!!!

Chitra said...

thanku friends:)

Cynthia said...

I have an entire folder dedicated to powders and I am thrilled with this most - more for me to collect and try. Thank you!

Gita Jaishankar said...

SO many yummy podis...thanks a lot Chitra.... I should try everything one by one :)

Ashwini said...

Lovely array of podis with all info about that..Yumm

Tangled Noodle said...

Thanks for the information! I've never made powders myself but this gives me a wonderful idea of the varieties that are possible.

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely Podis

Varsha Vipins said...

My hubby loves these Podi's Chitra..with ghee n rice..its yum..:)
Thanks for posting this..:)

Manju said...

thats a whole lot of podis!!! looks lovely!

gtyuk said...

spice powders, you've got it all, nice colors for our kitchen!

Chitra said...

thanku cynthia,gita,ashwini,TN,varsha ,deepa,superchef and akal:)

Priya Suresh said...

Thats a lovely collection of delicious podis..great work chitra:)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thats a good collection of podi. Info about coriander podi is much useful. thanks.

Finla said...

Wow that is a lot of delicious podi going on there.

AnuSriram said...

Delicious powders.. I can complete my meal with just these powders! No cooking! yay!:D

Preety said...

wow nice collection of powders that too in one post good job on this one

Recipeswap said...

Love eating podis with curds and rice.wonderful array of podis Chitra.

Unknown said...

Wonderful post and thanks for stopping by..u too have a wonderful blog :)

chow and chatter said...

joined your blog, as I love Indian food, hubby from Chennai


vandana rajesh said...

The podis look gr8. Idli podi is a favorite at my place.

Chitra said...

Thanku all buddies:)
yes anu, i too finish my lunch only with podis sometimes:)
thanku rebecca:)

Padma Gopinath said...

Hi chitra.. nice collection of home made podis... looks gr8:-)

Srikitchen said...

lovely array of podis for the event!

Chitra said...

Thanku padma and srilekha:)