Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kollu Paruppu Podi (Horse gram Urad dal Spice Powder) - Chutney Powder - 1

Incorporating Kollu (horse gram) in several different recipes is something I try to do every chance I get. I rarely ever make spice powders (or idli podis), bring them from back home made by mom or MIL. My stash ran out and having no idli podi is like a handicap. My mom makes this podi where she adds horse gram, but according to her horse gram is added only when it is made for eating with rice and not idli or dosai. I use them interchangeably and can't tell the difference. If you are making the podi for rice, powder it fine and if using for idlis make it a bit coarse.

For Idli podis urad dal is the one predominantly used whereas for rice a combination of urad, toor and horse gram can be used. But the distinction actually does not matter so. The proportion is one that I used for the podi but there are no fast rules really so go ahead and experiement. You would be hard pressed to find a Kongu home without a bottle of, some variation of this paruppu podi handy.


What to do you do if you have left over rice? It is not very popular when they are reheated and served again. But made into Podi rice or seasoned rice they disappear quickly. This paruppu podi can be used to make podi rice as well.


Kollu Paruppu Podi
  1. 3/4 Cup Split Urad dal
  2. 1/4 Cup Horse gram
  3. 1/2 Cup Red Chilies (adjust to taste)
  4. 10 - 15 Curry leaves
  5. a tiny piece of asfoetida
  6. Salt to taste 3 tsp(start with 2 tsp and adjust if more is needed after powdering

  1. In a kadai dry roast the urad dal till it starts to turn a slight brown. Set aside
  2. roast the horse gram till it starts to pop (take care not to make them black
  3. gently toast the asfoetida
  4. heat the curry leaves for a minute or two in the microwave till crisp
  5. heat the chilies in the microwave for 2 minutes or roast them in the kadai
  6. Add salt
  7. Combine and powder, the texture can be be fine or coarse as per preference.


Podi Rice
  1. 1 1/2 Cups day old rice
  2. 1/2 Red onion chopped
  3. 1/2 tbsp channa dal
  4. seasoning: mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves
  5. 1 tbsp Paruppu Podi (or sambhar powder + salt)
  6. 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  1. In a flat bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the channa dal, when it starts to brown add the seasoning items. when mustard starts to pop
  2. Add the onion and saute till translucent.
  3. Now break the rice with your fingers and add to the onions
  4. Sprinkle the paruppu podi and mix well with the rice.
  5. Add more sesame oil if too dry.


  1. Oh, this pd I must make, looks delicious. Thanks Indo. I made your cowpeas Kathrikkai kolumbu yesterday, it was so good!

    We had 2 hour electricity failure here just now, wind howling like hurricane here since morning. We got burgers for dinner thinking that it won't until 7.30 and then ele comes on a min later we came home! :P

  2. My lord the minute I saw this I was reminded of my family friends mother who used to make very good kollu paruppu podi and rasam. Thanks for reminding me of kollu, I must get some from the store and prepare the podi you have posted

  3. yummy podi saadham. love with a spoon of ghee and rice.

  4. adding horsegram to regular gives much more flavour to the pudis. Thanks for the recipe, i;l be makig it soon..

  5. I will have to try this for all the health benefits of kollu. The podi rice looks tempting to me.

  6. I love the rasam made with this. We love this podi with bele saaru also.

  7. ISG!!! Tomorrow is Thursday and I shall be over right away to help you eat up that podi! :)

    The rice looks sooooo delicious...

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, dear ISG :)

  8. Wowow this podi is my fav..even i prepared this alteast twice a year...rice makes me hungry..

  9. I would love to have that podi rice.
    I have never made this podi at home. Only had them in friends place back in India.

  10. Wow, this looks delicious, it's on my must-try list now!

  11. I have to say I have never eaten this, inspite of growing up in a kongu household. :( I have read about it, but have never tried it. I am going to make it right away. I can eat this with my oatmeal dosas :)

  12. This sounds very tasty...thanks for sharing

  13. Ok, hot off the breakfast review! :) The podi is VERY good! The recipe is a keeper in my kitchen!

    Thanks Indo!

  14. that podi sounds new..never heard of making with kollu..will surely try it sometime..indo

  15. Kay, that was quick. So glad you like it :) Now it is my turn to try out the oat dosas.

  16. I have to find out what horsegram is called in Hindi...I am all for podis of all kinds. I have a Tambram friend that sends me different ones..but won't share her secret recipes! As long as I can have the podis!

  17. this is new to me, does look very delicious, A new variation to chutney podi

  18. that rice looks sooo comforting indo

  19. i have not made podis....but this one makes me want some...I love the look of that rice


  20. Oh Yeah, another powder for me to try.

  21. awesome podi rice... reminds me of paruppu podi rice that I used to have... with ghee :)

  22. I made this podi last week and posted it in my blog.We loved it .Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.


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