Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Curry Leaves Podi

Curry Leaves Podi



People keep suggesting me to eat curry leaves its so very gud for health, hair, skin nails etc etc, but I would look out for options on how to consume the curry leaves and which format? Confused!!! Until I tried a basic meliga podi (red chilli podi or Gun Powder as called by vah chef) I tried Google Maharaj my savior for any quires. Sometimes my frnds ask how do I search up Google So fast. And only thing I have to say is Google Maharaj Ki Jaiiiiii!!! Yet with Another frnd as we keep talking I keep googling side by side to get more info. So Google has been a very important part of my social networking.

Google Maharaj gave me various option and I learnt there is no harm to try out my own version though. Recipes Changed Person to Person as I kept browsing and Finally Tot lets give a Try With all ingredients mentioned in each site.

Ingredients:

Curry Leaves - 2-3cups (washed and pat dry)

Channa Dal- 1/2 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chillies - 3-4
Pepper Corns - 1tbsp
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Fried Gram Daal - 1-2 Tablespoon (see notes)
Garlic Flakes - 4-5 Sliced
Salt to taste
oil - 1tbsp

Method:

- Take a Heavy Bottom pan put in little oil and roast the curry leaves till all the moisture evaporates. Remove it keep it aside

- In the same pan next add in all the other ingredients except salt, hing & fried gram dal. In a low medium heat dry roast it nicely.
- In the half way through add in back the curry leaves and let it get along with dals n spices.
- Till now your whole house is filled with a strong aroma emitted. Roast till you get the well enough and the ingredients dried up loosing all its moisture. This will take abt 15-20 mins when done in low heat. (yes needs some patience of course)
- Let it cool.
- Once its cooled add in to the mixer , now add salt hing and fried gram dal, Grind it to a coarse powder.
- Check for salt and store it in air tight container.
- Eat it along with hot rice with ghee /idly/ dosa, with rice even sesame oil gives a great combo :) I can complete my whole meal with this podi :)




Notes:

- Process of roasting everything in low heat is to remove all the moisture from the ingredients. The more more moisture it looses, The more shelf life increases.
- When I 1st made and when I tasted the Powder I was :O what???? so spicy? how can I eat it :-s oh all my hard works in vain!!! thats when I tot of adding fried gram dal. Trust me adding this not only normalized the taste but brought out excellent flavor to the curry leaves combination :) 
- Adding fried bengal gram also gave nice light color blend to the podi, 1st time when i made the color was very dark green, but 2nd try was great I loved the light cooling effect color which came out
- Adding garlic is optional, but I love to add garlic



Will you believe once my aunt send one full branch of curry leaves and wanted me to make podi. Oh crazy and Im crazy too, I made it :) Was little difficult had to divide it into 2 batches and work out so to make sure all the moisture is removed properly. And I dint even measure the ingredients Just was pouring everything into the pan randomly. Surely im Crazy One Out There!!!!

Imagine The Aroma was so strong with the dals and spices my bro was choking and choking finally came to kitchen and gave me a warning " Dont do this next time when im at home" lolzzz

















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23 comments:

  1. healthy and delicious podi..wish to taste this:)

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    1. I seriously wished I could give u @ rani :)

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  2. Lovely dear, a very healthy podi. My amma always makes it and sends it to me here. I just love it.

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    1. Healthy and addictive podi @ priya :)

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  3. wow...that is healthy podi......never have tried or tasted this podi....

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    1. @ faseela Do prepare it in small quantity and taste it :) Im sure once you like the taste you cant quit having it again n again :)

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  4. this seems to be really delicious.

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  5. My mom used to make this podi.Perfectly done Aara

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  6. im confused , kia khaoun kia na khoun,

    well done Aara the South Indian Chef

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  7. Incredible and terrific podi,my all time favourite,cant resist.

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    1. Thank you priya for your lovely comment

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  8. Looks wonderful and flavourful Aara :-)

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  9. Hi Aara, What a flavourful and a healthy podi. It tastes great with hot rice with a dollop of gingerelly oil.

    Thanks for stopping by space dear.

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    1. yes @ danish I love this podi and always have this in store with me :)

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  10. This is a nice and easy way of having curry leaves in day to day life. Healthy, indeed.
    Good one Aara. Love to have them with rice and hot ghee!!

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    1. yes @ pavithra :) Thanks for you like :)

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  11. Love that you have added those dals there. Must have made the podi really yum :) Thanks so much for linking up with the photography challenge Aara - Those sure are lovely pics. The last one makes me want to try out the podi soon :)

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