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Spicy Sesame Seeds Powder

18 May

Nuvvula Podi.

White sesame seeds are toasted along with other spices and red chiles. Everything is ground into fine powder for spicy sesame seeds powder. Sesame seeds powder can be mixed with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 1 1/2 Cups of Nuvvula Podi.


White Sesame Seeds 1 Cup
Chana Dal 4 tbsps
Urad Dal 2 tbsps
Coriander Seeds 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Whole Red Chiles 5 – 8
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Heat oil in a pan on medium – low heat, add red chiles and fry till they change color and remove onto plate.
Add chana dal and fry for couple of seconds, add urad dal and fry till they both change color.
Remove from heat and add another tsp of oil.

Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fry for couple of seconds.
Then stir in sesame seeds and fry till they change color.
Cool everything to room temperature.
Firstly add red chiles and grind them into fine powder followed by chana dal and urad dal.
Then add the remaining ingredients and grind them into somewhat coarse powder using spice blender
Store the powder tight in a jar and it stays fresh for couple of weeks.
Serve spicy sesame seeds powder with idly, dosa, steamed rice and ghee etc.
Notes: Make sure not to burn any of the ingredients.

Suggestions: Adjust the red chiles for spice preference.
Variations: You can also add tamarind while grinding the other spices.
Other Names: Spicy Sesame Seeds Powder, Nuvvula Podi, Til Powder.