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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dalia - Cilantro Chutney Podi


Spicy lentil powders / podis are a part of Indian cuisine and every home has a stock of their favorite ones. While some of these are added during cooking, some are served along with the breakfast dishes or even plain rice to add a spicy kick. Chutney powder / chutney pudi / podi chutney what ever you call it falls in the latter category and is a must in South Indian homes and mine is not an exception.
While the kids love this version because of the jaggery addition, I am mostly used to another version since childhood. My mother prepares chanadal - urad dal combo chutney powder, flavored with cilantro and asafoetida and is more spicier and flavorful than the former version. I have also eaten dalia - uraddal combination powder in one of my SIL's house and today's recipe is based on it. Tamarind, chillies and salt need to be adjusted according to one's own preferences. The color of the powder mostly depends upon the type of chillies used.

Ingredients required: (Makes about 1 & 3/4 cups)
Dalia / Roasted chickpeas / Pappulu - 1/2 cup
Urad dal / Skinned, split blackgram - 6 Tbsp / 3/4th quantity of dalia 
Dry coconut (Copra) grated - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - a big marble sized
Red chillies - 12
Salt accordingly
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup (wash and wipe dry.)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - A pinch

Method:
* Toast the urad dal in a pan on low heat until it changes to a few shades darker (light brownish color) and let cool.
* Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds and asafoetida. When the mustard starts to pop, add the cilantro leaves and saute for a few seconds. Turn off the stove and let this mixture also cool.
* Now add everything to a mixer / spice grinder and grind the mixture to a desired consistency. Some grind their chutney powder very fine and people like me prefer a coarser texture.

This is my second day entry for blogging marathon #12 under "delicious dals" theme. Check out the Blogging Marathon page to find out what other marathoners have been cooking.

Comments

26 comments:

Anu said...

Looks nice. I sometimes take this for travel and add some water when needed

Jay said...

could smell the flavorful aroma here...excellent preparation..;)
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Chef Mireille said...

sound delicious..can't wait to try

Aarthi said...

I would love to give this a try..It looks awesome..Bookmarked it Dear..

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Srivalli said...

Can have this any time..so good..

Harini said...

love any kind of podi with rice :) this sounds very flavorful !

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Delicious and flavorful podi,wonderful click....

Pavani said...

Would lovbe to have some of that in my pantry.. Spicy and delicious comfort food.

Srimathi said...

I think this will go very well with toast in the morning, when I am not in the mood for jam. Thanks for sharing.

Smitha said...

a very nice combination of ingredients!...tasty and yummy!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

lovely podi, new and different for me

Rajani said...

These kind of podis are great backups when you are feeling lazy to cook up an entire meal! Beautiful click too.

Kalyani said...

chutney pudi takes me right back to blr !! please fedex me some, Suma :) am dying to have some !! :)


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A Kamalika Krishmy said...

bookmarked it .. i would love the flavor of cilantro in my rice

Sravs said...

Great recipe and delicious combo !!

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Athisaya Divya said...

Paruppu podi looks spicy and delicious.. Love that mug

Hemavathi Murari said...

easy tempting powder

Niloufer Riyaz said...

a very aromatic podi!!!got to try it

Priya said...

Super flavourful podi,simply inviting..

PJ said...

I can never say 'No' to spice mixes. Comes in handy anytime.Bookmarked this one..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Comes handy when you are super lazy! This and hot rice and ghee is a divine combo!

Usha said...

I would not mind having this with some steaming rice & dollop of ghee

vidhas said...

Delicious podi. hot rice, ghee and papad will be great combination.

ANU said...

wow very nice and delicious...awesome

Gayathri Kumar said...

Never tried adding cilantro in powders. This spice powder looks so nice...

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

even i prefer a slightly sweeter chutney powder with jaggery, but husband likes this version better :)