“Podi” is a powdered spice made with dhal and red chillis. Each and every family has their favorite powder in stock. Very simple and easy to make and store well without refrigeration.
When you are lazy enough, u can go with plain rice, some podi , top with ghee and some pickle! Of course, if you are Health freak, avoid the ghee …
In Tamil Nadu, usually only Parrupu podi is commonly served in hotel but whenever I go to Andra (Tirupathi). Usually, they give lots of choice of podis and pickles. We all end up eating only podis and some fiery pickles! Andrahite are too good to preparing those items :)
I am giving the basic Parrupu podi (dhal powder), but if u want to make Garlic podi add some Garlic pods…. The powder has a long shelf life can be stored in airtight container for months! It is a rescue powder when u cannot make anything over stovetop.
Dhalia Dhal or Roasted dhal/ Pottu kadalai: 1/2 cup
Red chillis: 3 or more
Black pepper: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp or more
Dry roast all the ingredients together except salt until the dhal is slightly roasted. Add the salt and make a fine powder, cool and store in air tight container.
This podi goes well with rice and sending to Long Live the shelf event hosted at Romaspace.
Wish all my readers, friends & Family members a Happy Ganesha chadurthi ! Celebrated tomorrow Sept 3 2008!