BM #112 Week 2 Day 2 - 

When I was listing the Andhra recipes starting with the letter K, I couldn't move beyond this Kothimeera Podi. This podi was my favorite during my growing up years and I still remember the flavor of the podi.

Last week when I called my mom,  I asked her for the recipe and promptly made the podi. I  was fondly recollecting my memories around this podi which made a good dinner time tale for the kids.

The menu pictured above is what would be a typical meal at my mom's place. One thing missing is Tomato Rasam. It features Raw Mango Dal, Palakura Pulusu Koora, Rice, Kothimeera Podi and Yogurt.

Recipe Source amma
Ingredients - 

*Coriander Leaves/Kothimeera 1 big bunch
Chana Dal 2-3 Tbsp
Urad Dal 2-3 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp 
Cumin Seeds 3/4 tsp
Dry coconut powder 4 Tbsp
Dry Red Chili 6-7 
Tamarind or Amchur Powder as needed
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Asafotida 1/4 tsp)
* Approximately 2 cups when chopped.

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and air dry coriander leaves discarding all the thick stems and roots. Make sure there is no moisture.

Roughly chop the coriander leaves (2 heaped cups approximately)

In a heated pan, add about 1/2 teaspoon of oil and fry the coriander leaves until it is totally dry and crisp. It took me about 10 minutes.

Dry roast chana dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dry coconut and red chilies separately and set aside to cool.

[Roast the tamarind pieces if using. I have added amchur powder for ease of use].

Powder these coarsely and to that add the fried Kothimeera and pulse so that they all mix well. Sprinkle salt as needed. Adjust taste as needed.

In a heated pan, add oil and asafotida. Transfer the prepared powder into the oil and reduce heat. Mix well so that the oil is mixed well into the powder. Remove from heat.

Allow the powder to cool and store in an airtight container.

Enjoy with a dollop of ghee and steaming hot rice as part of a meal.


Preparation Time 20 minutes + Coriander leaves drying time 30 minutes
Makes about 3/4 cup 


  1. rajani Says:
  2. There are some dishea that were my childhood favorites but I don’t know the recipe to make it. I can find the internet version of it, but it’s not exactly the same as my mom or grandma’s. Glad that you got the recipe and documented it here! The podi looks delicious!

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Wow love how that podi looks harini, fantastic choice!..and love the whole meal!

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. Love this flavorful Podi. Its been long time I made it. Thanks for reminding me.

  7. Flavorful..with ghee in rice it makes the best dish !!

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