I usually prepare Podi Chutney or Chutney Podi for kids and they like it when mixed with ghee and rice. Since I have been experimenting with quinoa a lot these days, I thought I should give quinoa chutney powder a try and here it is. It has become an instant hit with the kids and I am happy that they have taken a liking to it as it is a good source of protein. I reduced the red chillies in this powder as I wanted the kids to eat more powder with less rice making it more nutritious! To be honest, I have been snacking on this powder too.. Just pop in a spoonful of this powder and enjoy the different flavors in it..yummm...

Ingredients -

Quinoa 1 cup
Urad dal 1 cup
Chana dal 1 cup
Dry coconut (powdered or shredded) 2 cups
Coriander seeds / Dhaniyalu 2 tsp
Red chillies 4 (according to taste)
Tamarind / chintapandu table tennis ball size
Jaggery / Bellam (grated) 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil , mustard seeds 1 tsp and Asafotida/Hing 1/4 tsp) (Optional)

Method of preparation - 

Dry Roast Quinoa, 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. Add salt and grated jaggery too.

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. I skipped this step this time.

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

Sending it to Priya's CWF - WG : Quinoa event.

Preparation Time 20 min 
Makes approx. 3 cups


  1. Nithu Bala Says:
  2. healthy podi..thanks for sharing this..

  3. Pari Vasisht Says:
  4. hi.
    Nice version dear, I have heard so much about Quinoa and it's health benefits, sadly we do not get it here.

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Such a healthy chutney podi, cant wait to try..

  7. Hayley Says:
  8. innovative podi powder..

  9. Vinita Says:
  10. hi harini,
    First time on your blog. Really nice recipe. But how do you roast tamarind? even if its dry roast wont it stick to the pan? and how long do you roast it as it is difficult to see the changed or burnt color on tamarind.

  11. Harini Says:
  12. thx everyone.
    @Vinita - reg ur question about roasting tamarind -
    Cut tamarind into small bits without seeds, strings and dirt. Dry roast until some brown spots appear (typically about 3-4 min on medium heat). After cooling it, it is easier to grind the tamarind with the rest of the dals. And don't worry, it won't stick to the pan or the mixie jar. But if u want, u could fry it in a tsp of oil too.

  13. good one !

  14. Nice n healthy podii.....looks gr8

  15. New kind of chutney powder to me. Sounds good ...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Yummy Podi!

  17. Shammi Says:
  18. Hey that's a pretty cool recipe, actually - I think I'm likely to prefer quinoa in this avatar!

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