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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pantry Essentials - Charu Podi / Rasam Powder & An Award

I always get good compliments from family / friends for my charu / rasam recipe. Some of those who have tasted it have become loyal fans and even shifted to this charu / rasam powder recipe. :)  Though I feel greatly appreciated for the response I get, I know whom I should be thankful for.
A good charu needs a good charu podi and that's the secret behind my successful charu. And the credit for this charu podi goes to my mother maternal grand mother. Today I thought of sharing this decades old recipe of hers, here. This was supposed to be my first post when I started blogging but some how it got erased. Better late than never and so here it is after three years. 

Ingredients to prepare 1 cup of charupodi:
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Coriander seeds - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/4 cup
Peppercorns - 3/4 th of 1/4 cup
Red chilies - 6 (I used byadagi)

Dry roast the toordal in a sauté pan on medium flame till it turns reddish. Then toast the coriander seeds and cumin seeds separately till they turn a few shades darker. Then toast the peppercorns and red chilies. Except the toordal, the remaining ingredients take about a few seconds each to toast. Take care not to burn them. Cool them.
Alternatively, you can place the ingredients in the sun for a day or two if you have a good sunshine (like in India or 80 - 90 deg F).
Grind the ingredients together to a fine powder in a mixer/spice grinder. Store it in an airtight container and use it when making charu.

This is going to Cooking with seeds - Coriander Seeds, guest hosted by Radhika and the event creator is Priya.

Fellow blogger pals Kiran, Priya Mitharwal, Rupali, Priya Srinivasan  have shared 'The Sunshine award' with me. Thank you gals and I greatly appreciate it.

It is mentioned that these Award Winners have to do the following:

1) Use the logo within your post.
2) Pass on to at least 12 other bloggers.
3) Add a link to the nominees in your post.
4) Let the nominees know of their award.
5) Share the love and link to the friend, who has passed this award to you.

I did 1 & 5. Choosing only 12 among the wonderful bloggers seems hard. I am so going to share it with everyone who generously share their recipes. :))

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platform bed said...

This is something new for me. Thanks for this information. It looks so intriguing.

Priya said...

I can say that i cant live without rasam powder...looks awesome Suma, congrats on ur award dear..

Deepa said...

hey congrats on your awards..

great click of the rasam powder..thanks so much for sharing..

Trendsetters said...

love the rasam powder color...

Latha said...

My 5 year old and I are the only rasam likers in my house. A simple rasam made with nice powder is my comfort food. Great click.

Leena said...

Hey Suma,
Nice colour of the Rasam powder! congrats for ur award and nice pics!

ruchikacooks said...

I love rasam, can have it every day..Amma's rasam podi is stocked in boxes in my pantry..podi color is so good..

Kalai said...

good one..bookmarking it!

R said...

congrats on ur well deserved award! i had used only store bought rasam powder till now, will try out this one sometime!

Jagruti said...

Congrats on your awards..rasam powder looks great!!

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Suma congrats for the award!!! I am totally against the use of rasam powder but after seeing your rasam powder... will definitely give it a try :)Please do check out my rasam recipe too :)

Theater said...

Thanks for the recipe. Looks delicious!