There are different kinds of powder (podi) in South Indian cuisine to serve with idli/dosa and steamed rice. One advantage of these spiced powders is that they can be prepared in bulk and comes handy when you don't have time in hand to cook. One such podi / powder that I happened to taste few months back was this pottukadalai poondu podi.
This podi needs just 3 ingredients - pottukadalai, garlic and red chillies. Pottukadalai is nothing but rosted gram, also known as chutney dal and bhuna chana in Hindi. Just mix this powder with steaming rice and sesame oil (nallennai) or serve with hot idlis. The recipe is quite simple and you need just 10-15 minutes to make this powder.
Notes and Tips
- Adjust the number of red chillies according to your spice preference.
- If you don't like garlic, you can add reduce the amount of garlic cloves.
- Use fresh roasted gram for making this powder.