This is a staple at my place - as staple as salt or sugar. I grind this powder say once in 4 weeks..and it stays good the whole month, whatever be the weather change outside. Paruppu (lentil) Podi (powder) is very famous amongst the South Indians and is usually eaten mixed with rice, or as an accompaniment to the main course. Its not only simple to make, but it has also medicinal benefits. It is especially very good during Winter seasons since the use of pepper usually helps you to stay away from cold. And lentil for Indians is one of the sources of Protein. Little - but better than nothing - dont you think? :)

There are quite a few variations as per family taste and this is mine.This is my mom's recipe and the measurements are something which I vary everytime I make - which by the way still comes out yum :) But here's the basic measurement.

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  • Yields: Makes around 3 cups of powder
  • 2 cups Toor Dal( yellow pigeon peas)
  • 3 tbsp whole black pepper ( can increase upto 1/4 if you can take it ;))
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • Salt to taste

Dry roast all the ingredients till raw smell leaves and aroma of the Pigeon Peas hits your nostrils.


In a processor grind them into a fine powder


Place in an air tight container and you are done. Wasnt that insanely simple

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By angelz on Oct 2, 2013

what i do is make it a mixture of toor dal, channa dal, masoor dal and urad dal with 1, 1/2 , 1/4 and 1/8 proportions add black pepper, red chillies salt and hing the proceedure of dry roasting and blending is the same and i add it to all my south indian dishes specially sambhars.... my friends love the taste... i even take it with ghee and eat with dosa and idli... it an all purpose podi

By Kalai on Nov 2, 2008

Delicious with hot rice and ghee! Best of luck with the marathon, dear! :)

By Medhaa on Nov 2, 2008

My hubby loves this but the one I made was with roasted gram/ dalia.

The marathon is really fun, thank you and Best of luck

By Uma on Nov 1, 2008

mmm. I can smell it from the pic. looks lovely. My fav. one.

By Bhawana on Nov 1, 2008

Hey DK,

this is a nice powder u showed. I bookmarked it, I think it will be very useful for me. thanks for sharing

By Madhu on Nov 1, 2008

This is staple at my kitchen too. Use this for almost all south indian dishes.

By Siri on Nov 1, 2008

paruppu podi + hot rice with a tsp of Ghee.. is just heaven..:) Love the color babes.. Guess I have to make some soon..:))


By Cham on Nov 1, 2008

I admire this spirit of non-stop blogging :) Good luck to all the runners!
Great with dollop of ghee!

By PJ on Nov 1, 2008

Hi DK,Paruppu podi is my fav too!!! I have this with rice n ghee and rasam as an accompaniment..Yummm..

By Roopa on Nov 1, 2008

Hi DK, I love Podis like this, I try making it extra spicy:)

By raaji on Nov 1, 2008

Thats nice DK......I just posted my first recipe......need to add up the other runners up to the post.....i could see 2 extra runners in the i need to add them too to the list......

By Curry Leaf on Nov 1, 2008

Savoury start to the Marathon.Cheers DK.Wishing u and allother girls,and all the more myself,Good Luck

By kamala on Nov 1, 2008

My daughter's fav Dhivya..Thank you so much for giving an opportunity to run in the race

By Nags on Nov 1, 2008

I made this recently too, but with garlic. will post soon :)

By Srivalli on Nov 1, 2008

Thats a lovely podi for any time!

By Divya Kudua on Nov 1, 2008

Paruppu podi looks excellent..would love it with rice and ghee..never knew it was this easy to make..!!

By DEESHA on Nov 1, 2008

I too make this, but my version is slightly different .. looks lovely

By Divya Vikram on Nov 1, 2008

Goodluck running the marathon Dhiv! I just love paruppu podi.Havent prepared it on my own though!