Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chutney Powder for Dosa/Idli

How was Thanksgiving break and the Black Friday shopping ? All set for welcoming the biggest festival of the season? We had a wonderful week with sumptuous food and good friends.The weather seems to be nice, well maybe only till today.It is going to snow tomorrow,better it be, since this is almost December and it is Colorado !

Red Chillies_Chutney Powder


This post has been in the my draft for a long long time. I didn't post it since I didn't like the pictures I took that day except the pictures of the chillies. Even now I'm not satisfied with the pictures.Dull colors are always a challenge, would love to hear your experiences.

Chutney Powder


This is a must in my house and I don't know why it took me so long to blog about it ! My kids like this too and they prefer this over the coconut chutney I make.If you haven't tried this yet,I tell you, it's so easy and simple.There are hundreds of versions available on the net, this is how we make it in our home, back in Kerala.I am so happy to share with you, one more recipe, handed over by my mom-in-law.Hope you will try out this version and enjoy it !

Chutney Powder


Chutney Powder

Ingredients:

Dried Red chillies- 8-10
Black Pepper corns- ~20
Urad Dal/Black Gram- 1 cup

Method:

1.Heat a pan on medium flame/heat.Dry roast the red chilies and the black pepper.This is the only hard part especially if you are sensitive to spicy things.The heated red chilies may make you sneeze, so if you have a mask in handy ,use that.
2.Take the chilies and pepper out and roast the urad dal.Keep the heat on medium and stir continuously.Do not burn the dal.Turn off the heat when the dal chnages to a slight brown color and you start getting the roasted dal smell.
3.Let this cool down a bit.
4.Throw everything in the blender/dry grinder when the dal is still warm enough to hold in your hand.Grind it till you get a slightly coarse powder.
5.Serve a Tbsp or two with some oil (coconut,vegetable, canola or olive0 of your preference as a side for Idli/Dosa.
6.You can store this in an airtight container for several weeks.

Notes:

1.You can change the number of chilies and pepper corn according to your spice level. The measurements I gave will give you a medium spicy chutney powder.
2.Coconut oil is the best with this powder, but it is a personal preference.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely chutney powder, love it :)) Thanksgiving was greatttt, bought side by side refrigerator, Tv, Kinnect, boots, toys for Nevaan :)))) Howz your ???

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  2. Namitha, these look gorgeous- am a sucker for greys and reds together!
    :-) My biggest challenge is to photograph 'dals'- the regular plain masoor, tuvar, mung...

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  3. Chillies click has come out well...
    We love the gun powder too... infact a little milder version...

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  4. I like the photo of the chillies, the colors are interesting...they are not always bright. This sounds like something I must make. How long does it keep? Or do you use it at one sitting? Glad you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Love this podi so much..spicy and delicious..

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  6. The pics are great, Namitha, especially the chilli ones! I have one of these in the drafts too. Took them when Amma was here and she made it. Will post soon! :)

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  7. My seven year old love this podi with poori. Go figure!

    Nice clicks.

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  8. Hi checchyyyy ippozhum thirakku tanneyanooooo? Super clicks and chutney powder....

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  9. Hubs has been asking me to make this for sometime now, your reminder is timely maybe I will get to it now :)
    USMasala

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  10. yum! Ive gotta make some more... Though I dont add black pepper and also add a handful of raw rice grains while roasting the urad dal... will try it ur way next time...

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  11. Very spicy dosa podi dear..beautiful click

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  12. Lovely clicks as always .....podi looks yum ...I will sure love this

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  13. That luks so Stunning of Red chillies...The podi is the crown of idlies..yum

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  14. Anytime life saver with idlis and dosas...yumm

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  15. This is simplest of chutney podi recipes i have come across. Would try it for sure.

    Loved all your clicks, the rustic background and bright red chillies...make a nice composition.

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  16. Love the chutney podi not just on idli or dosa but even on white rice!! I usually have at least one variety of this powder in my fridge even though I dont make idli or dosa as regularly as I would like :-)

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  17. I can survive for many days with this incredible spice powder,beautifully done.

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  18. chutney powder is must for dosa and it look so good..

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  19. excellent presentation..could smell the rice aroma here..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  20. This is a new thing for me..looks spicy,I m sure I will love it,but s will sweat a loot,so I can't even make chammanthy :(

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  21. yummy and delicious podi...wonderful clicks..

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  22. have stash from home so have never really ventured out into making this. Also dont have access to dosa maavu and so make dosa/idli once a month when we do our quota of indian grocery shopping. And you are absolutely right, if made well its a delight to just keep licking it :)

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  23. Delicious podi and beautiful clicks.

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  24. Irresistible podi! Goodness...
    Missed ur posts and food pics ya :)

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  25. Hi, chutney powder is looking really nice!! super clicks. I'm follow u..
    (vegetarian cooking diarys (Daksha) Thanks for reply:).

    http://mycookingdiarys.blogspot.com/

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  26. my hubby loves this and to me the pics rock.

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