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Spicy Peanuts Powder

27 Jul

Pallila Podi.

Raw peanuts are roasted till light golden color. Red chiles, cumin seeds are fried till aromatic. All the ingredients are then ground into fine powder with tamarind and jaggery using a spice grinder. The resulting peanuts powder is then stored tight in a jar and used when necessary.
Makes: around 1 1/2 Cups of Spicy Peanuts Powder.


Raw Peanuts 3/4 Cup
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Whole Red Chiles 3 – 4
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Jaggery 2 inch Piece
Tamarind 1 inch Piece
Curry Leaves 5
Salt to taste
Oil few drops

Method of preparation:

Peel and roughly chop the ginger.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat, add peanuts.
Stir continuously and roast them till the peanuts turn light golden color (around 5 minutes).
Remove the peanuts onto a wide plate to let them cool to room temperature.

Heat oil in the same pan, add broken red chiles, cumin seeds and ginger.
Fry for couple of seconds till cumin seeds change color and red chiles are crisp.
Remove from heat, add tamarind, curry leaves to warm pan and cool it down.

Grind peanuts, red chillies, cumin seeds, garlic, jaggery, tamarind, curry leaves into fine powder along with sufficient salt.
Store the ground peanuts powder tight in a jar and use when necessary for couple of months.
Serve spicy peanuts powder with plain steamed rice or with steamed idly and with a dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure not to burn the peanuts while roasting.

Suggestions: If peanut powder is not spicy enough, adjust the amount of dried red chiles to your preference.
Variations: Check other spice powders here.
Other Names: Spicy Peanut Powder, Pallila Podi.