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Paruppu Podi / Kandi Podi / Toor Dal Powder

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Paruppu podi is very often used with rice and ghee at every south Indian household especially in andhra cuisine. It is also one of the podi which is usually available at our home. My MIL usually prepares it in large quantity and grind it in mill near our home. This time, I have prepared it in a small quantity only for me and my husband.

Kandipappu podi or any kind of dal podi is very well known with vegetarian andhra meal. It is said to be that an andhra meal never completes without dal and pulusu. Sometimes, this dal is replaced by a ready to use dal powder with a dollop of ghee due to time starving (It is my guess). Thus, andhra cuisine has many podi varieties and now also you can find andhra thali is served with some dal powder.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Makes:  1 and 1/2 cup


Toor Dal – 1 cup

Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon

Black pepper – 1 tablespoon

Dry red chilli – 6 nos / adjust according to your spice level

Curry leaves – 2 strings

Asafoetida – a big pinch

Garlic – 1 clove (optional)

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 teaspoons


1) Take a wide pan and dry roast toor dal till it releases nice aroma and turns slight brown colour.


2) Transfer to a dry plate and keep aside.

3) In the same pan, add oil. when it is hot, add cumin seeds, blackpepper seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Roast till they are crisp.

4) Allow all the roasted ingredients to cool completely.

5) In a mixer/food processor/coffee grinder,  put all the cooled ingredients with salt and asafoetida. Make a powder.

6) Towards the end of the grinding, add garlic(if using) and finsh the grinding. The texture should be fine coarse powder.


7) Store it in a air tight container and serve with hot steamed rice and ghee.

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delicious dal powder looks wonderful


Love dal podi and rice with ghee. Lovely clicks..


wow wonderful podi !! love to have it with steamed rice and ghee !!

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Sangeetha M

i love paruppu podi with rice n gingely oil…so yumm!!
i too make paruppu in similar way with less pepper n jeera n will add some dalia too 🙂
nice presentation and crisp n clear shots !!
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I remember seeing it in each table of Nandhini(well known Andra Restaurant @ Bangalore)..DH is a big fan of this paruppu podi, but I never tried making it as I am not that into podi varieties! 😉

Your version looks simple..will try sometime!


wow awesome dear…luv the presentation and clicks…
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Nalini's Kitchen

Podi looks so delicious and both of us like to have it with white rice and ghee..As Sangee said I also use less jeera and pepper.Wonderful presentation.

jaya's recipes

wonderful clicks!


Wonderful clicks. Happy new year to you Uma.
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spicy delciious podi .. perfect ..for hot rice.. bookm arked!!

Jeyashris Kitchen

comforting podi and my all time fav. beautiful clicks


awesome clicks

Vimitha Durai

Love it with thayir saadam… Bookmarking dear


Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
Home made powder is always the best. Thanks for your recipe.


I love this with ghee and rice… I'm an ardent fan of Andhra cusine… so I always go to Andhra restaurants… and end up actually filling myself with just this even though I have the whole thali laid out for me..

Thanks for sharing the recipe… I can have it at home too…


lovely podi….thax 4 sharing

Deeps @ Naughty Curry

my mil also makes this, there is always a stock in my house coz its so nutritious.. i love it with rice

La @ FoodSlice

Your photos are so good i want to eat some right now. I too have two types of podi at home right now, one made of curry leaves and another of sesame seeds. I still want to make your kandi podi 🙂

Priya Suresh

Love simply with rice anytime,my fav podi..


Flavourful and yummy podi


Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year…super delicious podi.

Rookie Qookie

I miss this from India..Thankooo for sharing 🙂

Biny's Recipes

wow dats so easy and yum yum

anthony stemke

What a lovely aroma that powder must have.

Jayanthy Kumaran

bookmarked it right away uma…thanks for the awesome recipe…great cliks again..;)
Wish you & your family a very happy new year…:)

Tasty Appetite


Beautifully illustrated!!! 🙂 Kindles my appetite!


Lovely podi, never tried it before. looks absolutely tempting, bookmarked will try sometime soon. As usual awesome clicks Uma.
Wishes for a Very Happy New Year 2012 to you and family.

Sensible Vegetarian

Lovely comfort food, superb clicks.

Priya dharshini

Luvly click on paruppu podi…its my fav too..


nice podi and pretty pictures Uma. I had 2 roommates while in grad school and both would get different types of podis and chutney powders from their mom.. unfortunately both dint know how to make them..:) finally now i have found so many of the one i like in the blogworld!


Tempting podi.


This could be a convenient meal for someone in a hurry. Do you use it any other way too ?

Christy Gerald

Delicious Dal Chilli-Powder Mix.Very convenient for busy ppl.YUMM!


hi uma, too bad , i dont have this over here, first time i see it and thanks for that. looks great. have a nice day dear


Podi looks yummy .. hubby's favorite.


Lovely pictures Uma – Podi looks fab! Hope your new year is off to a great start dear! cheers, Priya