Podi Chutney is a spicy powder which we have been eating since childhood. It has a nutty taste to it and so kids usually relish it. My mom uses this to make an emergency chutney/dip for Idli/Dosa. Just add 2-3 Tbsp of curds to 3-4 Tbsp of the powder and it makes a great chutney. Since it is a mixture of Urad dal and Chana dal, it sure has a fair amount of Protein. Eaten with hot rice and ghee, it tastes heavenly!!

Ingredients -

Urad dal 1 cup
Chana dal 1 cup
Coriander seeds / Dhaniyalu 2 tsp
Red chillies 6-7 (according to taste)
Tamarind / chintapandu table tennis ball size
Dry coconut (powdered or shredded) 1.5 cups
Jaggery / Bellam (grated) 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil , mustard seeds and Asafotida/Hing) (Optional) 

Method of preparation -

Roast Urad dal, Chana dal , Coriander seeds, Red chillies, Tamarind and Dry coconut separately until they are golden brown.

Please note that the tamarind needs to be cleaned for any dirt/strings or seeds before using.

Also take care when coconut is roasted as it can get burnt very easily. The best way is to turn off the heat and fry it in the hot skillet.

After all the ingredients are cooled, grind them together to make a semi coarse powder.

In a small skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds and Hing and after the mustard seeds crackle, add it to the powder.

Mix the powder well and store it in an air-tight container after it is cooled.

Makes approx. 3 cups
Preparation Time 20 min

Preparation Time 20 min
Posted by Harini on Saturday, March 20, 2010


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