Powder Mixes: Yummy Food Options for the Single Person

Powder Mixes: Yummy Food Options for the Single Person
  • Dry roast all the lentils (Toor Dal, Urad Dal, Chana Dal) together until golden brown
  • Dry roast pepper and jeera. Add red chillies and roast again.
  • Now dry roast the dried curry leaves. Makes sure you don’t overheat them and turn them black, otherwise. The leaves should become dry and crumbly.
  • Grind the dals, and the spices together to fine powder. Then add the curry leaves and grind again. Let the mixture remain coarse, as it gives a nice texture when eaten with rice. You may also want to girnd it to fine powder. The choice is entirely yours.
  • Add salt to the final mixture. Always a good idea to add salt to the final mixture, as it will give you a sense of the quantity.
  • Transfer the powder mix to a dry, airtight container and store It in the refrigerator. You can use it for a month easily.
  • I recommend that you make quantities enough to last a month, not more. As you can keep making it fresh as and when you want it.

    One of the simplest preparations among all the Podi Mixes. Though it is a delicious recipe, coconut tends to go rancid rather fast, so always use an airtight container to store this powder, use a dry spoon when serving and store it in a refrigerator. It is recommended that you make quantities enough to last for a couple of weeks as this is an easy recipe, and can be prepared frequently. Here is the recipe:


    Dried grated coconut powder ground with spices makes for an extremely tasty powder mix. You can have it with hot steaming rice and ghee.
    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 15 mins
    Total Time 20 mins
    Course Powder Mix, Side Dish
    Cuisine Indian, south Indian


    • Kadhai
    • Mixie / Blender


    • 1 cup Fresh Grated Coconut
    • 1/4 cup Urad Dal or Split Black Gram Lentils
    • 4-5 Whole Red Chilies (according to your spice taste)
    • 2 tsp Cooking Oil
    • A pinch of asafoetida
    • Salt to Taste


    • Add the cooking oil to the kadhai or the cooking pan. Roast the Urad Dal till it turns golden brown. Set this aside.
    • Now roast the red chillies and the asafoetida, and set it aside.
    • Add the fresh grated coconut and roast it till it turns golden brown. Make sure you are careful not to burn the coconut. Please keep the flame on minimum while roasting coconut. Let all this cool for a while.
    • Once cooled, grind them together to a coarse powder when the texture of coconut still can be felt, and tasted.
    • Store in a dry, airtight container in the refrigerator.
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    The beauty of Black Sesame Powder or Ellu  is that it can be, apart from using it for rice, also  used in the place of the traditional “Gun Powder” with Idli or Dosa as well. It is a completely different taste, and delicious one at that. Black Sesame has a mild bitter taste but that can be offset with the red chillies that will spice it up. You will love the nutty taste of this powder. Here is the recipe:


    When you grind roasted black sesame seeds with spices, you get a delicious powder mix that can be had with hot steaming rice and ghee

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