How to make Paruppu Podi -

Powder made of roasted dals, chana and spices, goes well with steamed rice.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split Pigeon pea, Split Bengal Gram

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Pickles, Jams and Chutneys

Paruppu Podi

Paruppu Podi Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Paruppu Podi Recipe

  • Split Pigeon pea 1 cup

  • Split Bengal Gram 1/2 cup

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Garlic chopped 20 cloves

  • Tamarind lemon sized ball 1/2

  • Black peppercorns 2 tablespoons

  • Whole dry red chillies 1 cup

  • Roasted chana dal (dalia) 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Take a pan and roast the toovar dal, chana dal separately to a light brown color. Keep aside.

Step 2

Heat two tablespoons of oil and sauté garlic, tamarind, and peppercorns and keep aside. Lightly roast the red chillies in two tablespoons of oil and keep aside.

Step 3

When all the ingredients are cool Grind to a fine powder with roasted chana dal and salt. Store in a dry airtight container.

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