Nuvvula Podi | Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh

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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.

Andhra Nuvvula Podi
Andhra Nuvvula Podi

Nuvvula Podi oh-so-simple to make, super delicious, and can be put to a variety of uses.

If you like podis try my recipes for Nalla Kharam from Andhra Pradesh, Karibevu Chutney Pudi from Karnataka, or Methkut from Maharashtra.

How to Make Nuvvula Podi

Nuvvula Podi | Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh

Aruna
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Accompaniments
Cuisine Andhra Recipes, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  
  • 1 Cup Unpolished Sesame Seeds, Nuvvulu
  • 6 to 8 Spicy Red Chillies, Endu Mirapakaya
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
 
  • 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.
  • Add salt.
  • 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.
Keyword Andhra Sesame Powder, Nuvvula Podi, Roasted Til Powder

 

Step-by-Step Recipe for Nuvvula Podi, the Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh

  1. On medium flame, heat a heavy-bottomed kadhai.
  2. Add the sesame seeds and red chillies to the kadhai.
  3. Dry roast continuously till the sesame seeds change colour and start to pop.
  4. 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.
  5. Set aside and let cool completely.
  6. Once the seeds have completely cooled, add about 1 tsp salt.
  7. 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.
  8. Store the Nuvvula Podi in an air-tight bottle.

 

Nuvvula Podi | Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh
Nuvvula Podi | Roasted Sesame Powder from Andhra Pradesh

 

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