Puliyodarai with podi

Making a rice dish and sundal(lentils) is a must during navarathri days…All the nine days are very auspicious and if you are looking for a recipe that doesnt tie you up in kitchen,this is the podi all you need to make.The podi can be made much earlier and the puliyodarai rice can be done in less time with less amount of oil and no citric acid nor preservatives.Enjoy!

Chana dal(kadala paruppu)-1/4 cup
Coriander seeds(dhaniya)-1/4 cup
Red Chillies-10
Asofoedia-1/2 tsp
Pepper-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Black sesame seeds-1/2 tsp
Dried Curry leaves-a few
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Roasted peanuts-1/4 cup(for rice)
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Sesame oil-1/2 cup
Salt-1 tsp
Tamarind-1 small ball size


Heat a kadai,add half of the sesame oil ,hing,black sesame seeds

Add cumin and fenugreek seeds

Add channa dal and saute for 3-4 minutes

Add pepper at this stage and continue to stir

Add the coriander seeds..The sauting time will be 15-20 minutes in medium low flame without burning the spices

Switch off the flame and add the red chillies and curry leaves

Add turmeric powder

And the salt

Allow the spices to cool completely and grind them into fine powder as much it could be and dont allow the blender to heat up the spices.

Once it is grinded,spread the powder in a plate and allow it to cool and store in air tight container(moist free)

To make puliyodarai rice
Cooked Rice-1 cup
Sesame oil-1 tbsp
Peanuts(roasted)-a few
Puliyodarai podi-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Heat oil ,Sprinkle the rice and puliyodarai powder-mix gently
Add the peanuts and salt (two pinches)
(Taste before adding the salt to rice)

Make the puliyodarai rice before 2 hours as it tastes better after it soaked well….

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