Spicy Toor Dal Powder

12 May

Kandi Podem.

Toor dal is roasted until its aromatic and changes color. The roasted toor dal is then ground into fine powder with spices and herbs. Serve spicy toor dal powder with steamed rice and ghee or with idli, dosa etc…
Makes: around 3/4 Cup of Spicy Toor Dal Powder.


Toor Dal 1 Cup
Asafoetida 1/2 tsp
Whole Red Chiles 2 – 3
Cumin Seeds 1/8 tsp
Black Peppercorns 4
Curry Leaves 6 – 8
Salt to Taste
Oil few Drops

Method of preparation:

Heat a heavy bottomed pan on low heat, add toor dal and roast until the dal turns light golden in color.
Remove the toor dal onto a plate.
Add few drops of oil in the same pan, add broken red chillies.
Fry for few seconds until red chillies change color and turn crisp.
Remove the red chillies from heat.
Add cumin seeds, black peppercorns, curry leaves and asafoetida and fry for few more seconds and remove from heat.

Grind all the ingredients into somewhat coarse powder using a spice grinder.
Store spicy toor dal powder in a tight jar and it stores fresh for months.
Serve spicy toor dal powder with steamed rice and ghee or with idli, dosa etc…
Notes: Make sure not to burn the toor dal while roasting.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chillies.
Variations: You an also check other spice powders here.
Other Names: Spicy Toor Dal Powder, Kandi Podem.

4 Responses to “Spicy Toor Dal Powder”

  1. Hari Chandana May 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Looks so tempting and perfect.. Beautiful click !!

  2. rachna May 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    its good

  3. maddali venkata chakradhar May 15, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    me being a telugu person i congratulate you for explaining one of the most fundamental yet a very simple dish….your rcipe is very authentic to my knowledge.mind you— kandipodum ..ghee..hot rice…mindbogling….

  4. maddali venkata chakradhar May 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm #


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