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Poppy Seeds Powder

25 Feb

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Gasa Gasala Podi.

Poppy seeds powder is a spice powder usually accompanied with steamed rice or with idly, dosa etc. It is prepared by first dry roasting the poppy seeds until light golden color. Then, grind them with other roasted ingredients and spices for a fine poppy seeds powder.
Makes: around 3/4 Cup of Poppy Seeds Powder.

Ingredients:

Poppy Seeds 1/2 Cup
Sesame Seeds 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tbsp
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 5
Salt to taste
Oil 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation:

Heat a pan on medium heat, separately roast poppy seeds, sesame seeds and urad dal till light golden color.
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, add whole red chiles.
Fry red chiles for couple of seconds until aromatic and just crisp.

Cool all the roasted ingredients to room temperature.
First grind poppy seeds and sesame seeds into fine powder using a spice grinder.
Then add all the other ingredients and grind into fine powder along with salt.
Store poppy seeds powder tight in a jar and serve with steamed rice and dollop of ghee or with idly etc.
Notes: Make sure not to burn any of the ingredients while roasting.

Suggestions: If the poppy seeds powder is not spicy enough, add some red chile powder.
Variations: You can also add a tsp of coriander powder for heat.
Other Names: Poppy Seeds Powder, Gasagasala Podi, Khus Khus Powder.