Every Indian state has its share of Pickles, Chutneys, and Podis (Dry Powders); none more so than Andhra Pradesh which is famous for them. Today I am introducing you to Nuvvula Podi; a favourite from the Vizag-Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh.
Nuvvula Podi oh-so-simple to make, super delicious, and can be put to a variety of uses.
- Add 1 tbsp of the Podi and 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil to 1 cup of hot steamed rice. Mix well and savour by itself or with Vankaya Perugu Pachadi or Vankaya Pachi Pulusu, Mammidikaya Pappu, or Majjiga Pulusu on the side.
- Use it instead of coconut to flavour Cabbage Curry, Beans Curry, etc.
- Add it to Nimmakaya Pulihora to Chintapandu Pulihora to amp up the taste quotient.
How to Make Nuvvula Podi
Nuvvula Podi is a roasted sesame powder from Andhra Pradesh. It is a staple in my home and I often relish it by mixing it with hot steamed rice and sesame oil.
- 1 Cup Unpolished Sesame Seeds, Nuvvulu
- 6 to 8 Spicy Red Chillies, Endu Mirapakaya
- Salt to Taste
Over medium flame, heat a wok or a kadhai.
Add the sesame seeds and red chillies.
Continuously stir-fry till the sesame seeds change colour.
Remove the roasted sesame seeds and chillies into a plate to cool.
When the seeds have cooled to room temperature, in a large grinder jar, grind to a coarse powder. Be careful not to grind too much as you will have an oily lump on your hands.
Store in an air-tight bottle.
Step-by-Step Recipe for Nuvvula Podi, the Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh
- On medium flame, heat a heavy-bottomed kadhai.
- Add the sesame seeds and red chillies to the kadhai.
- Dry roast continuously till the sesame seeds change colour and start to pop.
- Remove the roasted sesame and chillies into a plate to cool. Do not leave them in the hot kadhai as the sesame will continue to roast and may get a burnt taste.
- Set aside and let cool completely.
- Once the seeds have completely cooled, add about 1 tsp salt.
- Pulse in a grinder till it is a coarse powder.
- Ensure that you use a large enough grinder attachment because this needs space. Otherwise, it will become an oily lump.
- Grind in short bursts and check each time whether the powder is coarse.
- If you grind for long or fill the grinder to the brim, the Nuvvula Podi will turn into an oily lump.
- Store the Nuvvula Podi in an air-tight bottle.