June 6, 2010

A tale of two podis! - Putnala Podi with Garlic & Kandipodi

I truly believe in the Power of the First Sentence!. I did stare many, many times at a blank blogger post thinking & re-thinking about how to start my post. I have my recipe typed et al, but I don't know how to write a prologue to make it more personal and most importantly interesting to me and my readers. As the article suggests, I think keeping an exclusive journal of only first sentences works for somebody like me. that ways, it would definitely give me an instant kick start. :). What say?

As I said, a zillion times before on my blog, to me, my Mom is world's best cook. She is absolutely amazing in whatever she does or cooks and I would wanna be like her when I hit 50!. Both of the today's recipes - Putnala Podi with Garlic and Kandipodi aremy mom's creations, which she might have made numerous times since my childhood. She is just a phone call away to ship us both a kilo of these yummy podis from India to here. :D. Probably, I will ask her to do so, once I settle in CA with S.

Putnala Podi with Garlic

Image courtesy my sweet SIL, Shri of Tasty Touch.
Dry roast 1cup Peanuts with 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds , 10-15 dry Red chillies (depending on desired spice level), until very light brownish color. Add 1 teaspoon of Cumin seeds (on warm peanuts) and mix well. Cool completely.

Grind - Above peanut mixture with 1.5 cups of Roasted Bengal gram (Telugu: Putanala pappu) and Salt. Punch 1 whole Garlic, with skin and drop in the last 2 grindings.

Store in an air-tight container.


Separately dry roast - 2cups of Toor Dal, 1cup of Chana dal, 1cup of Mung dal and 2 teaspoons of Cumin seeds. Cool them completely.

Grind them all together with salt into a fine, grainy texture and add 2-3 teaspoons of Red chilli powder in the last grinding.

Serve with anything - from hot rice to dosas & idlis to add that extra oomph factor! :).. store the rest in an air-tight container.

*thinking to myself*: Yeh!I am so glad, I could put an end to my endless dawdling and finally update my blog with something interesting. I just hope, I could keep up with this and blog more often. :) :)

Ciao soon,


  1. Thanks a bunch sweetie:)Actually thanks to aunty:D

  2. I was introduced to the power of podi when I came to Bangalore. love these podis. between is Putnala Podi also called gun powder?


  3. Sayantani - Gun powder also known as Milagai podi is similar to this but made with chana dal. Here is a recipe from Bharathy's blog-



  4. Podi looks lovely. Moms are the best!!

  5. These podis are handy on any day and they are absolutely yummy :) I love them and thanks for introducing your mom's version to us. :)

  6. Lovely podi recipes. So mouthwatering. YUM!.... Putnala podi is my all time fav....

  7. HeHe! Nice title! Thought you are going tell the "Tale of two cities"!! ;D

    Podis look you. Can't wait to try them. Good luck with your CA move! :)

  8. Am coming across so many types of podis ever since I started blogging ... and am loving them. :-)
    I love garlic ... so this is on my must try list. :-)

  9. Podi's come in handy when we are in a rush and the first podi sounds interesting.

  10. I love podi ..with anything..this looks very gud...a must try to me ;)


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