Monday, January 12, 2009

Parippu Podi / Channa Dal Powder

I was introduced to the various podi's /powders found in a kitchen after getting married. Yes ...that includes all the regular powders except chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder...that tells you how much of connection I had with the working of a kitchen before I had to manage my own. But that doesn't mean I didn't go to the kitchen... of course i was always in the kitchen ... only to check out what cooking and what to eat. How anything was made wasn't too much on my mind those days... I just loved to be in the kitchen for the aromas and the tasty dishes that magically came out at a regular basis and landed on my plate...
Even just before getting married I was only pretending to listen....:)...I learned cooking right after I got married like many of you already nodding in agreement with me :)

Of all the regular powders I came across, I knew the idli/ dosa podi which we often had at home but I was introduced to a whole world of podis in a Tamilian kitchen after I got married...there seems to be a podi for everything made of everything... Parippu Podi, Kootu Podi, Karuveppelai Podi, Thogayal Podi etc..etc ... along with the regular sambhar podi & rasam podi...
Now this list doesn't include the plethora of podi's churned out of an Andra kitchen...

So now one thing you will always find at my home is a container of Parippu Podi or Dal Powder. This simple powder that you can make in no time, goes very well with Steaming hot rice with Ghee or Sesame seed oil/ Gingelly Oil.

Pottukadalai/Split roasted gram/Channa Dal/Dhalia - 1 cup
dried Red Chili - 2 Fried
Whole Pepper - 3 to 4
Dried Coconut /Copra - 2 tsp (Optional)
Salt to Taste

Garlic - 2-3 pods or Asafoetida / Hing - pinch.Use either one not both.
I make mine using garlic most of the time.

Lightly fry the red Chili in couple of drops of oil. Then place it along with all the other ingredients in a blender and powder them. You can leave it lightly coarse. I normally blend a little more...
Thats it. Transfer to an airtight container.



veena said...

Hi .
First time here..very nice blog...keep it up ..will visit often ..

Smitha said...

Thanks Veena,
Hope you enjoy your visit every time!!

Anonymous said...

hmm... Seems good my grandma used to make this it was very tasty. Will try ur recipe sumtim!!

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