August 28, 2011

Paruppu Podi ~ Mixed Lentils Spice Powder

Necessity is the mother of Invention .Truly applies in a kitchen , where all elements of a typical corporate world - Supply chain, inventory management, housekeeping, human resources, budgets, planning, entertainment, resource allocation - all happen simultaneously and endlessly !! One of these days, when we were tired of making sabjis, and wanted to have something quick, I thought of making Paruppu Podi (mixed lentils spice powder).. While Molagapudi / Molagapodi (accompaniment to Idli / Dosa) is used with Idlis or Dosas , Karivepalai Podi ~ Curry leaf Spice Powder and Paruppu Podi tastes divine with plain steamed rice and a drop of sesame oil (for kids, you could use ghee / clarified butter). I make this podi (spice powder) in small batches always , to ensure it stays fresh.. This is a very easy recipe and goes to the following events, apart from Blogging Marathon (Day 6) under "Cook with 5 ingredients or less" theme. Checkout my fellow marathoners here.

This is made in many many different ways in each household, depending on the spice / taste quotient. Some use only Toor Dal (Split Pigeon pea) , some Urad (split black gram) and Toor dal, but I do add a bit of Channa Dal (Bengal gram) for a variation.

  • Toor dal - 1 cup
  • Urad dal / Uluthamparuppu  - 1/4 cup
  • Channa Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Red chillies - 4 -5 (if using kashmiri variety, increase to 7 -8) - adjust to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 Tsp

1) In 1 tsp of oil, fry the lentils one by one till golden brown
2) Now add 1 tsp more and fry the red chillies till done (take care not to burn them).Cool completely
3) Now coarsely pulse the lentils in a spice grinder. Break the fried chillies and add them along with salt to the spice grinder. Pulse again to semi- coarse texture.
4) Cool and store in an airtight glass container.
5) Serve with hot rice and ghee / oil.


  1. Woww... lovely podi.. looks really amazing and perfect.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. flavourful looking podi looks delicious

  3. This one looks so easy to make and mouth-watering...delicious!

  4. wow, similar to methkoot (maharashtrian) ,yummy with rice and ghee

  5. Love this and looks so yum

  6. the pictures are perfect for this lovely podi!!!

  7. this is one of my fav podi with rice.. good one..

  8. wonderfully rich color - delicious looking!

  9. My fav anytime,full of flavours..

  10. Love the bright yellow color of the podi. Looks yummy.

  11. Lovely colour and easy preparation!!!!!

  12. interesting podi...grt clicks.

  13. I love this podi...In general, I have a weakness for podi and hot rice.

  14. wonderful pictures...podi looks great!

  15. Paruppu Podi looks amazing!

  16. Thank you for sending this delicious podi to my event. I usually buy it from the Indian store but I will try making it next time.
    Do you still want to host B2B for the month of Jan? Let me know and I will add your name to the host line up.


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