Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thegai Podi/ Coconut Podi

Today for the third day of BM, i choose Thengai Podi/ Coconut Powder..I love coconut :).. I love its versatility and the way it enhances the taste of the dishes..One such powder which i have a stock of at home is this.. Easy to make & comes in so handy! 

I don't really have any memories or stories or incidents which i associate with this, just the fact that its so integral to our household! Amma would always have a stock of Thengai, Karavapillai ( Curry Leaves), Paruppu (Lentil) Podi's at home and my MIL does Vazhakkai (Plaintain) & Aalo Podi. Shall eventually post all those here..Without further to the recipe :)

1. Channa dal - 1 tbsp
2. Urad dal - 1tbsp
3. Red Chillies - 6-8
4. Fresh Shredded Coconut - 1-1/2 cup (I used frozen though)
5. Jaggery - 1/2 - 1 tsp (optional)
6. Salt - to taste
7. Oil - 2 tsp
8. Hing - a pinch

Preparation Time!!
1. In a pan, add 1 tsp of oil and when warm, add Channa dal, Urad dal,red chillies and hing.Sauté till they turn light brown

2. Remove of flame & cool the dal mixture. In the same pan, add another tsp of oil & then add the coconut & sauté till it turns brown too. Remove off flame & cool it

3. First blend the dal mixture to a semi-coarse powder. Then add coconut, jaggery & salt and blend to a powder

There you go! The powder is ready. Store it in an air tight container. Mix with rice & ghee and enjoy with Karamedu/Poriyal!

* Saute the coconut continuously. Takes close to 10 - 15 minutes for the moisture to evaporate and turn brown! If left unattended, tends to stick to the pan and become dark brown..
** In case you don't have jaggery, you can use brown sugar too!

Serving : 1 cup ( 1 cup van hold 236 ml)
Duration : 25-30 minutes

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  1. fabulous...can imagine the delicious taste!

  2. What is jaggeri?

  3. I was just thinking of making coconut podia yesterday after seeing all the podia recipes that have been blogged.

  4. I could smell the spices from that photo!

  5. good one; regular at my in-law's place

  6. I have not heard of this before. But sounds good...

  7. I always make this but do not add jaggery.

  8. Wonderful podi with nice flavors !!

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  9. Hey it has been ages since i made this. nice version, we dont add urad dal. tempting me to make this soon

  10. Can't agree more about the versatality of coconut and this powder is just one sample of its power. Love the color of the podi...nice Rasi!!!

  11. Love this flavorful podi..a great accompaniment to idli, dosa and even curd rice.

  12. Looks Delicious

  13. Wow...very flavorful....going to try this soon.

  14. Amma makes this and I love this with curd rice

  15. Love this podi!!!I get my stock from my mom every year!!!!tastes more better when it is mom-made!!! we dont add jaggery though!!!!

  16. One of my mom's signature dish, she used to make quite often,adding jaggery sounds truly interesting,will give a try with jaggery soon..

  17. Thengai podi is my favourite. I use koppari for making this. ove the click.

  18. Very tasty podi dear, nice clicks..

  19. Looks very awesome..nice pictures..

  20. I luv this podi..adding jaggery sounds new to me

  21. looks so authentic and delicious, flavourful podi dear :)

  22. very authentic and awesome podi..

  23. interesting recipe, dont think i have ever taste this ever

  24. I love all kinds of podi's and have a few always in my kitchen.Bookmarked this recipe.Am sure to try :)

  25. Hi,

    What is he shelf life for coconut podi

    1. Since the coconut is sautéed , it should last a week for sure!


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