Sunday, 4 July 2010

Kootu Podi

There are many recipes in my draft are crying out to catch my attention.Most of them very basic recipes like masalas and 'how-to' stuff.I always thought people do know these,so why post them.

But dear Jaya thinks otherwise.In fact she is going to be held responsible for bringing out a lot of posts that might have thought they would never see the light of day!!!If you are still wondering what I am taking about,take a look at her Back to basics event announcement and you will know what's going on....

Today I am about to post two recipes ,actually-basics,that can be made ahead and used at our convenience.The first one is a spice mix for Kootu.Kootu is a South Indian dish that is served with steamed rice .It is a lot thicker than sambar and has almost equal ratios[sometime even ] of  dal and veggies.The powder is different from sambar powder.If you have lots of time and don't mind taking your time to roast and grind,then u can make a paste of the spices.But since most of us are in a hurry to catch up with one thing or the other,we can powder the spice mix and store and use when needed.This is mom's recipe/ratio.

She uses:

Channa dhal- 1/2 a cup
Urad dhal-1 cup
Coriander seeds-2 tablespoon
Fenugreek seeds -1 teaspoon
Asafoetida-a large pinch
Pepper corns-1/2 a teaspoon
Red chillies - 10 [adjust to taste]
Oil-2 teaspoons

Heat oil in a pan and roast all the ingredients till golden brown.Take care not to char them.Cool.Powder finely and store in an air tight container and use as required.[In case it is a lumpy,spread it on a  plate and break lumps and cool if its warm and then store]

I will post the kootu recipe tomorrow...

Happy Cooking...


  1. A very handy masala. thank u 4 sharing this recipe

  2. Interesting spice powder..

  3. Thanks dear, I am enjoying all these "back to basics" recipes as they are so useful.

  4. ".............always thought people do know these,so why post them...."என்றெல்லாம் நினைக்காதீர். அனைத்தும் இன்று ready made என்ற பெயரால் எங்கும் கிடைப்பதால் பாரம்பரியமாக அவைகளை செய்யும் முறை பெரும்பாலும் மறக்கடிக்கப்பட்டுவிட்டது. இட்லி பொடிகூட செய்யதெரியாதவர்கள், அதுபோன்றவற்றை தெரிந்துகொள்ளும் ஆர்வம் இருக்கும் பலர் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்களுக்கு எல்லாம் உங்களை போன்றவர்கள்தான் வழி காட்டவேண்டும். உங்கள் பணி தொடர வாழ்த்துக்கள்...

  5. Padmja, this is a totally new podi for me, not that I know a lot of them. :) Thanks for the lovely entry.


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