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.

20 Foodie Comments:

Hari Chandana on August 28, 2011 said...

Woww... lovely podi.. looks really amazing and perfect.. thanks for sharing :)
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Vardhini on August 28, 2011 said...

Looks yummy. I make this too for those lazy days :)

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Torviewtoronto on August 28, 2011 said...

flavourful looking podi looks delicious

Aarthi on August 28, 2011 said...

this is awesome..

Kalyan on August 28, 2011 said...

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

The Pumpkin Farm on August 28, 2011 said...

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

Archana on August 28, 2011 said...

Looks lovely mouth watering colours.

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Priti on August 28, 2011 said...

Love this and looks so yum

Harini on August 28, 2011 said...

the pictures are perfect for this lovely podi!!!

Kalpana Sareesh on August 28, 2011 said...

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

Now Serving on August 29, 2011 said...

wonderfully rich color - delicious looking!

Priya on August 29, 2011 said...

My fav anytime,full of flavours..

Pavani on August 29, 2011 said...

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

Nirmala's kitchen on August 29, 2011 said...

Lovely colour and easy preparation!!!!!

vaishali sabnani on August 29, 2011 said...

interesting podi...grt clicks.

jayasree on August 29, 2011 said...

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

Smitha on August 29, 2011 said...

wonderful pictures...podi looks great!

Krithi's Kitchen on August 30, 2011 said...

I love paruppu podi.. simply yumm...
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Cool Lassi(e) on August 31, 2011 said...

Paruppu Podi looks amazing!

Desisoccermom on September 05, 2011 said...

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.
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