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Garlic Spice Mixture

19 Jul

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Velluli Pappula Karam.

Fresh garlic cloves are peeled and fried in oil till golden in color. They are then ground into powder along with roasted lentils, spices and tamarind. Store garlic spice powder in a dry jar and it stays fresh for couple of weeks. Serve garlic spice mixture with steamed rice and dollop of ghee or with dosa etc…
Makes: around a Cup of Garlic Spice Mixture.

Ingredients:

Garlic 10 – 5 Cloves Medium
Urad Dal 2 Tbsps
Chana Dal 2 Tbsps
Cumin Seeds a Pinch
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 4
Tamarind 2 inch Piece
Oil 1 1/2 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Peel the garlic cloves.

Heat oil in a pan, add garlic cloves and fry on low flame till they turn golden in color and remove from heat.
Add the tamarind to the warm pan and keep aside.

Heat a heavy bottomed pan on low heat, fry urad dal , chana dal and cumin seeds separately until golden in color or until aromatic.
Add a few drops of oil to the pan and add the broken red chiles and toast them until the red chiles are crisp.
Cool the roasted ingredients to room temperature and grind them into powder.
Stir in fried garlic cloves, tamarind and salt and pulse a couple of times into coarse mixture.
Serve garlic spice mixture with steamed rice and dollop of ghee or with dosa etc…
Notes: Make sure not to burn any of the ingredients while roasting.

Suggestions: Microwave the tamarind for couple of seconds if necessary to ease the grinding process. Adjust tamarind and red chiles according to your preference.
Variations: Check other recipes at http://talimpu.com/browse.
Other Names: Garlic Spice Mixture, Velluli Pappula Karam.