Monday, 27 February 2012

Postpartum Pathiya Podi

Pathiya or pathiyam is the diet given during special stages of life life like postpartum period or during certain illness .This is spice mix  prepared especially during the postpartum period. Though this spice mix is good for everyone, not many people prepare this other than the time when there is a new mom at home.Since I love spice mixes, mom made this and I have added it to my growing list of magic masalas.

In this, there are 3 medicinal ingredients – Dried neem flowers,Manathakkali vatral [dried blacknight shade] and sundakkai vatral. Along with this is urad dal , chillies, peppercorns and asafetida.

You need :

Dried neem flower- 2 tablespoons
Manathakkali vatral -2 tablespoons
Sundakkai vatral- 1 tablespoon
Urad dal- a little less than 1/2 a cup
Red chilli -1
Black peppercorns- ½ teaspoon
Asafetida powder- a pinch
Salt to taste

  1. Heat a little ghee in a pan and fry the neem flowers for a couple of minutes on low flame. Take care not to char the flowers. Remove from pan and keep aside
  2. Next heat a little oil in the pan and put in manathakkali vatral and sundakkai vatral. When they puff up a little, remove using a slotted ladle and keep aside.
  3. In the remaining oil,roast the urad dal, red chili,peppercorns and asafetida powder.
  4. When the dal turns brown, remove from heat and keep aside.
  5. When all the ingredients have cooled down, powder along with salt.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

To serve

Sprinkle a few teaspoons of the spice mix over piping hot steamed rice. Add a little melted ghee, mix well. This is usually eaten as the first dish in the lunch time. This too is just a few morsels and is not taken as the main meal.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#13

Earlier in this series of 'Postpartum Diet' that is a part of Blogging Marathon #13-


PostPartum period - An Introduction
Nutritional need in Postpartum Period
Postpartum Diet
Nutrients / Foods That Help Fight Postpartum Depression


Manathakkali Vatral Podi
Moongdal-Garlic Rasam
Paneer Ajwain Paratha and Vegetable Dal
Paneer Capsicum Rice
Menthiya soppu Bele Palya - Fenugreek leaves-lentil stirfry.
Peanut Coriander Chutney

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  1. Even after having grandchildren I find so many things absolutely new...grt job PJ!!

  2. healthy podi


  3. hot rice and ghee..i will eat this even now!

  4. loved this podi for its nutritional value...great job PJ..thanks for sharing such great info..
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  5. different for me, will try for my elder sister who needs this

  6. Sounds interesting.. will try it out

  7. Ore Malarum ninaivugal PJ!!!! Nutritious Podi!!!


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