Birthday celebrations, festivities, vacation and my son’s first assessement at school, yes, his first exam..:) have kept me busy and away from blogging. It has been a very long break and an enjoyable one, but I missed visiting my favorite food blogs and participating in some wonderful full-filled food events. Now that I’m back, I sure will be spending more time catching up with the latest in the food blogosphere.
One of my regular visitors requested me to post more podi recipes like Kariveppakku Podi (curry leaves spiced powder). So, today I am posting one of my favorite podi recipes called Nuvvullu Podi or Sesame seeds spiced powder. This podi is prepared with white sesame seeds, lentils, garlic and spices which are roasted and ground to a coarse powder giving it an irresistable, aromatic addictive flavor.
Seasame seeds are used in a variety of Andhra vegetarian preparations like Pulihora, Nuvvulu Annam, Paala Undrallu, Nuvvu pettina gutti vankaya kura( stuffed brinjal curry) to name a few. Nuvvulu or seasame seeds give a distinctive flavor to the dish being prepared.
There is something very addictive about nuvvulu or seasame seeds which is rich in protein and highly nutritious. Though not aromatic, when ground with other spices like toasted dry red chillis, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and lentils, the earthy, nutty flavor of seasame seeds overpowers the flavor of the remaining spices. The mingling of flavors is simply irresistable, making it one of my favorites podis. A must-have podi in my pantry!!
Nuvvullu Podi – Spiced Sesame Seeds Powder Recipe
Recipe source: Adapted from Kanthamma’s Cook Book
Prep & Cooking: 25 mts
2 cups white seasame seeds
1/2 cup senaga pappu (bengal gram)
1/2 cup minappa pappu (split black gram dal)
1 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsps coriander seeds
6-7 dried red chillis
8-10 crushed garlic pods
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
1 Add a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the Bengal gram and split black gram dal and fry them on medium heat till they turn red. Don’t burn them. Keep tossing them around continuosly. Remove from pan and keep aside to cool.
2 In the same pan add the cumin and coriander seeds and toss them on medium heat till they turn brown..approx 2-3 mts. Remove from pan and keep aside.
3 In the same pan add the dry chillis and toss them for 2 mts. Remove and keep aside to cool.
4 Now add the seasame seeds and toss them till they are crisp and roasted. Keep tossing them till they turn a light brown color (if necessary add a tsp of oil before roasting the sesame seeds). Turn off heat and cool all the roasted ingredients.
5 Once cool, grind the dals first (grind them coarse), followed by coriander, cumin seeds and red chillis and grind again. Remove and keep aside to cool.
6 Now add seasame seeds and garlic pods and grind for three to five seconds only (it should not form like a ball or paste) to make a coarse powder. Mix it with the earlier coarsely ground spices and salt. Store in an air-tight container.
7 Serve hot with white steamed rice and ghee.
You can increase or decrease the red chillis according to your spice level. Garlic is optional and can be omitted. Make sure you cool all the ingredients before grinding.