Kandi Podi – Lentils-Spice Blend



The very thought of home ground spice mix aka podi warms my appetite not to mention the aroma that emanates my kitchen during it preparation. Podis or spiced powders/blends are an essential part of South Indian cuisine with each home having their own versions of preparing it. We in Andhra share a fondness for our podis and I know of homes who eat podi each and every day, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. I grew up in a household where podis and pickles were an integral part of our daily meals and not having a jar of pickle or a bottle of podi on the dining table was a rarity. Podis come to our rescue on days when we are rushed up for time or run out of vegetables.

Kandi Podi - Spiced Lentils Powder

A flavorsome, protein-packed, lentil-spice blend is Kandi Podi, a classic Andhra recipe. Tur dal and channa dal are slow, dry roasted along with red chillis and cumin seeds and finely ground to a coarse powder and finished off with asafoetida and salt. An absolute delight to the senses, almost addictive, Kandi Podi is usually eaten, mixed with white rice and a drizzle of ghee.

Tur dal, chana dal, cumin, curry leaves and dry red chillis

Kandi Podi

Recipe source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 20 mts

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1 small cup kandi pappu/red gram/tur dal

1 small cup senaga pappu/bengal gram/channa dal

1 1/4 tsps cumin seeds

7-8 dried red chillis (adjust)

15 curry leaves (optional)

1/2 tsp asafoetida

salt to taste

1 tsp oil

1 Heat a heavy bottomed vessel and add both the dals and slowly, dry roast on low to medium heat stirring constantly till they turn red. Don’t burn them. Remove from pan and keep aside.
2 In the same vessel, add the cumin seeds and toss them on medium heat for 2-3 mts. Remove from pan and keep aside.
3 Next drizzle some oil in the vessel, add the dry red chillis and curry leaves and stir fry for 3-4 mts. Remove and cool.
4 Once cool, grind all the ingredients to a slightly coarse or a rough texture. Add salt to taste and asafoetida and combine. Store in an air-tight container.
6 Serve hot with white steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.

Kandi podi and ghee with rice

Note:

You can increase or decrease the red chillis according to your spice level. Curry leaves is optional. The podi should not be ground to a fine powder but be slightly coarse.

Kandi Podi – Lentils-Spice Blend

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The very thought of home ground spice mix aka podi warms my appetite not to mention the aroma that emanates my kitchen during it preparation. Podis or spiced powders/blends are an essential part of...

Sailu

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29 Responses

  1. Raaga says:

    I love this… a store bought version had garlic which I didn’t like. I’m thinking of making this today… I hope to.

    :-)

    Thanks

    Also, can you please add the AFAM even I’m hosting to the events listing?

    http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/03/ginger-pear-muffins-and-announcing-afam.html

  2. usha says:

    Got to try this version. At home my Amma used to make this podi only with toor dal,cumin,salt and red chillies. Thank you Sailaja garu.

  3. Mythreyee says:

    Got to try this one. Very handy powder for a quick lunch.

  4. Suganya says:

    When dining in AP, I noticed, many restaurants served a podi with avakkai, rice and ghee. I was totally hooked. If this is that podi, I am making this at home right away.

  5. Sukanya says:

    Hi Sailu…This is my fav….I really want to try it out…. Mouthwatering one…Love it…

  6. Rathna says:

    Hi Sailu,

    You have got a wonderful website. I love your pictures. It’s very appetizing.
    Kandhi podi is my favorite.We eat it with rice and avakayya. Yum ! I’m definetly going to try your version.

  7. Mrudula says:

    Hi Sailu,

    The pictures are awesome in ur website.. the pics and the way u explain a recipe encourages us to try… Can you also post the recipe of the veggie curry on the plate.. That looks Yummy too…

    Thanks in Advance!!!
    Mrudula…

  8. Jayasree says:

    I love rice with podi of any kind. Amma makes this with toor dal. Shall try ur version. Your pic is so tempting that I am going to make it today. Thanks for your recipe.

  9. asha says:

    lovely – will try this

  10. saswati says:

    wow sailaja your snaps made me drool like anything.I love andhra food and i am going to try from your blog posts:)

  11. Purnima says:

    Sailu, this is pretty good version of podi, the version we have has rice and pepper!Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. fara says:

    Dear sailu,
    What lovely pictures on your website. One better than the other. Can’t imagine how you managed to turn an ordinary powder in your household to look so exotic enough for many of us wanting to try this out.Tantalising !!

  13. musical says:

    Yes, you said it, podi with ghee on rice is absolutely blissful! The pictures with all the raw ingredient is so alive and brilliant!

  14. Latha says:

    Looks good Sailu. I usually add few black pepper too! I’m hungry now.

  15. Ramki says:

    Hi Sailu ,

    I’ve blogged your Podi as a model recipe in the 1001 Podi cookbook at
    http://ramkicooks.blogspot.com

    /Thanks for the detailed recipe

    Ramki

  16. Menu Today says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Nice presentation of paruppu podi.Special Podi of Andhra. thanks for sharing,

  17. Zlamushka says:

    I love the podi. What a lovely dish. I am always out there looking for more. Do they make porridge out of the podi in Andhra, too?

  18. sylvia says:

    hey, just curious, how long can the dish last for? can it be stored for a bit of time? looks delicious.


    It can be stored for a few months, Sylvia, at least 2-3 months. Ensure you keep it at a moisture free area and store in an air tight container.

  19. arundati says:

    dear sailu…i call podi “little heaps of dynamite” …i can eat a whole meal with just podi, neyyi and annam!! i posted one long ago…check it out when you have the time…

    http://arundati.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/little-heaps-of-dynamiteand-an-ode-to-a-friend/

    i made gutti vankaya from your blog a few weeks ago…unfortunately it got eaten before i could take a pic…i will make it again cos i want to post it!!

    cheers!!

  20. sahaja says:

    Sailaja garu,

    All the recepies are very homely with out any confusing ingredients. Pics are making clear what exactly the item is. Thanks for ur site!

  21. Sujatha says:

    Dear Sailu,

    I love kandi podi with a passion :-)I can have it days on a end for lunch and dinner without once complaining about lack of variety. Combinations for me would mean kandi podi mixed with fresh avakai and gingely oil.

    Another such combo would be kandi podi with Gongura pacchadi and peanut oil :-) hmmm I can feel my taste buds tingling already

    What my mom does for our family secret kandi podi is adding a handful each of minappappu(URAD) and pesarapappu(Moong Dhuli) also and she believes in roasting all the dals separately as they roast more evenly.

    Looking forward to more such memorable recipes.

    Friends please visit my website and encourage me as well as I have started out recently.

    Cheers!

    Sujatha

  22. preethi says:

    Sailu, all of ur recipes r really fantastic. Thanks a lot..

  23. Vasu says:

    Sailu, can you tell me if yiu’re using dry curry leaves or fresh ones?

  24. Gopal says:

    Thank you Sailu for this recipe. I just made it and it tastes really good. No more store bought podis for me. Thanks. Gopal

  25. Madhavi says:

    hi Sailu,

    Thank you so much for this recipe.
    I tried it and it came so good. :)

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