Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lentil Powder (Parappu Podi) Version 2

Since I have already explained about the handy lentil powder in this post , I will not go into that again.  Suffice to say that I always keep this powder in stock in either of its versions since I like the thought of having some back up plan in case I am unable to get anything ready for dinner.Although I always manage to get something ready for dinner, the very thought of having some kind of fall back plan gives me satisfaction especially on those days when I get late in getting dinner started.

This version of the lentil powder is different from the earlier version of the powder I posted on this site and differs subtly in taste since it has more ingredients and the curry leaves in this powder imparts a wonderful aroma to this powder and enhances the taste and flavor of this powder. This one is another one of my mother in laws recipes that she gave me and has become a regular in my kitchen since.




Ingredients and Method to Make Lentil powder (Parappu Podi) Version 2 

1 cup Split red gram lentil (also known as split pigeon peas / tur dhal )
1/4 cup split yellow chick pea ( chana dhal )  
1/4 cup split moong bean (moong dhal )
20 large curry leaves
5 dry red chillies (or about 3 if you have very spicy red chillies) 
2 tsp whole black pepper (or 3 tsp of whole black pepper if you want more heat)
1 1/2 tsp salt

Dry roast each of the above ingredients separately except the salt. The lentils need to be roasted until they turn reddish and are exuding an aroma.

The curry leaves need to be roasted for a few seconds until it turns dry.The black pepper and red chillies until it changes color.

Cool all of these ingredients and powder in a blender/ spice grinder until fine.

Add salt and give it another turn in the blender/ spice grinder until the salt mixes well with the powder

Keep stored in an airtight container for months and use as required.

Notes
When serving the powder needs to be mixed with hot rice and served with a few drops of ghee (clarified butter) or sesame oil on top. About one teaspoon of this lentil  powder will be required for about 3/4  cup of cooked rice or more or less depending on your taste and how much heat you would want.. Serve with any curry and appalams/ pappadums  on side to make a complete meal.

This lentil powder (Parappu podi) is off to the Colors of Taste: Powders- Podi as an accompaniment event being hosted by Smitha



41 comments :

Asha said...

Love it with yogurt rice. My mother makes a similar one, will post later. Looks good! :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy choice..lovely

Vishali said...

Looks good Usha..As Asha said it must be good with yogurt rice :)....good one. I will try to make it.

Laavanya said...

Great with rice & ghee... I make paruppu podi differently using dalia. Must try your version sometime.

Gayathri said...

thats very authentic..

Deepa Hari said...

Podi looks lovely Usha...i end up eating more idlis/dosas...i just love them.

Pam said...

I've never used lentil powder before. It sounds great.

Happy cook said...

Podi looks yumm.
Love the pic too.

Cham said...

Hot rice and dollop of ghee, We are set for dinner or lunch! Tasty one!

Superchef said...

OMG!! have i already told you that i love this...podi, ghee and hot rice is enough to make me happy for lunch :)

Lavanya said...

powder looks yumm..I love these kind of podis!!thanks for the recipe..wil give a try sometime!!

Smitha said...

Nice recipe. Reminds me of mom's cooking:). My mother roasts some raw rice as well, to make this podi

Madhu said...

I make a similar version of podi. Can't imagine cooking without them.
LIke your recipe too..

srikars kitchen said...

Powder looks yummy.. looks delicious..

Anu said...

Podi sadam with nalla ennai... yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe Usha. Now I can prepare by my own... need not carry the podi from India ;)

indosungod said...

You said it Usha, I feel I have a handicap if I don't have a stash of podi. It is a great side for pretty much anything.

Poornima Nair said...

Podi looks delicious...I love to sprinkle this over my hot dosas...

Varsha Vipins said...

Usha..gime some of this with some hot Dosa's..:D

Priya said...

My fav podi..love to have with hot steaming rice with ghee, heaven na!!!

AnuSriram said...

Podi is what we eat atleast thrice a week with rice.. I never tried making them at home. I get the podi varieties from india or buy them from the local stores.... Now seeing your podi, it tempts me so much that i'm going to make it soon!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

simple and yet so comforting with a bowl of rice and ghee... nice pic.

VG said...

Something new for me. Thanks for sharing Usha.

Indhu said...

yummy podi... with ghee , rice and maybe chips... am in heaven just imagining :)

Ashwini said...

Very authentic and nice back up..Perfect with hot rice and ghee..

Food Fanatic said...

yay i have heard of this. my sis makes it :)

good to know how its made coz she jut used market mix ;)

Sukanya said...

I like to keep Paruppu podi handy also, if Iam lazy to cook, I have paruppu podi and gingelly oil mixed with rice.Yum!!! Yum!!!!. I make Molagapodi just like you and its a hit with all my friends here in Singapore.

A_and_N said...

I love paruppu podi, but it was strangely never made at my house. I tasted it at my friend's house and I've been hooked ever since :)

I love all kinds of podis for that matter :D

Priti said...

I like paruppu podi ...never made yet though....soon going to try this...thanks for sharing

Dershana said...

I love podi sadam with lemon pickle and appalam :-)

Preety said...

i never had lentil powder with rice..nice idea

Akal's Saappadu said...

some of my friends used to bring it in the hostel reviving old memories, yummy podi!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a perfect solution for a quick and healthy meal.

Cynthia said...

Thanks! I have added this to my recipe of powders :)

Priya Sriram said...

I love paruppu podi with hot rice and ghee! Picture reminds me of my mom's!! Great one Usha!

Soma said...

my kids Love Podi. Thaks for sharing.

DEESHA said...

wuuls love this with hot dosas

Daily Meals said...

Podi looks yummy...goes well with rice, mango pickle and ghee...

Ana Powell said...

Hi Usha
Something new for me. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend x

Madhumathi said...

Parruppu podi looks great..i too have recently posted parruppu podi in my blog..Never tried adding curry leaves to it..This sounds good..Will give it a try :)
And by the way,thanks for visiting me..I will keep in touch..There is so much to learn from you:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

This podi sounds wonderful Usha, adding curry leaves to podis is new to me.... I should your version soon...

Ann said...

New to me Usha..But interesting..and superb click

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