Menthi Podi

Menthi Podi
Menthi Podi

This podi/powder cannot be eaten by itself but is used to make many dry kooras/curries. It is a staple in my home and can liven up many a staid koora.


  1. Sengaga Pappu/Chana Dal/Bengal Gram – 1/2 Cup
  2. Minapappu/Udad Dal/Black Gram – 1/2 Cup
  3. Menthulu/Methi Dana/Fenugreek Seeds – 1.5 tbsp
  4. Red Chillies – 8 to 10
  5. Oil – 1 tsp
  6. Salt to Taste


  1. In a heavy bottomed kadai/wok, heat the oil.
  2. Add senaga pappu, minapappu, menthulu, and red chillies.
  3. Over medium heat, roast them till the pappu/dals turn light brown.
  4. Stir constantly.
  5. Let the dals cool.
  6. Add salt and grind to a coarse powder.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.