Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poondu Podi (Garlic spice mix for rice)

Podi Varieties comes handy when you are in no mood to cook or if you want to have a change from the usual sambar/rasam varieties.This podi can be made in minutes if you have all the ingredients. It tastes great when mixed with hot steaming rice + ghee/gingelly oil accompanied by papad/vadam/chips. 

Poondu podi


Roasted gram dhal(pottukadalai)
1 cup
Garlic cloves
Red chilli
as needed

Ingredients for making poondu podi

Poondu podi grinded in a mixer

Garlic spice mix for rice
  • Peel the garlic cloves.
  • Take all the ingredients in a mixer and grind to a powder.
  • Cool and store in an air-tight container.
  • If the pottukadalai is not crisp ,heat a pan,add pottukadalai and fry in low flame for 1 or 2 mins.Don't roast it or allow to change colour. Cool and proceed grinding. 
  • If using fresh Pottukadalai, no need for the above step.
  • Adjust the spice level to your taste.
  • I prefer to make this in small quantities and not in bulk as it tastes best fresh. 

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