Monday, January 30, 2012

Kaarapodi | Idli Karam podi Recipe

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I had mentioned so many times that my MIL is an expert when comes to pickles and powders.Every year she sends me a huge supply of various kinds of pickles and powders which lasts in my pantry at least for few months.This is one of the famous powders/podi recipe of Andhra.It was quite new to me when I had for the first time and liked it instantly with idli,It is a very versatile powder and can be eaten with idly, dosa, paniyaram or uthappam.I love to sprinkle this podi over dosa for a variation.

Idli Kaarapodi Recipe:
(makes around 1 1/2 cups podi approx)

2/3 rd cup Coriander seeds
3 tbsp Chana dal
3 tbsp Urad dal
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 cup Curry leaves
8-10 Red chillies
5-6 Garlic pods(with skin)
1 small lemon sized Tamarind
Salt to taste(approx 1 tbsp)
2 tsp Oil
  • Clean and wash curry leaves and remove extra water and spread it on a dry cloth to let the leaves dry completely with out any water.Leave it for 3-4hrs.
  • Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a thick bottomed kadai and fry chana dal until it is red in color and remove it and keep it aside.
  • Again heat 1/2 tsp oil and add urad dal and fry until it is red in color and remove it and keep it aside.
  • Again heat 1/2 tsp oil and add coriander seeds and fry until they turn slightly brown and remove it and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1/4 tsp oil and add cumin seeds and red chillies and fry until crisp and remove it and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1/4 tsp oil and add curry leaves and fry until they are crisp and remove it and keep it aside.Switch off the flame.
  • While the kadai(pan) is hot add tamarind and fry for half a minute and keep it aside.
  • Once everything comes to room temperature grind fried chana dal,urad dal,red chillies,cumin seeds and coriander seeds to a coarse powder.
  • Add fried curry leaves,salt and tamarind to it and grind again to a coarse powder.
  • Add whole garlic pods(with skin) and run it in whipper mode now or run it just for 30 secs in the regular mode.The powder should be coarse not very fine.
  • Once it cools remove it and keep it in a air tight container.
  • This stays fresh for long,approx 2 months.
Serve this powder with Idli/Dosa/Uthappam/Paniyaram.While serving it make a well in 1tbsp powder in the plate and pour 1/2 tsp ghee in it and mix well.

  1. Make sure you fry all the ingredients well and let the curry leaves be completely dry.
  2. Always use a dry spoon when taking out the powder.
  3. Keep it in air tight container to seal the aroma of this podi.
  4. I gave the amount of salt approximately,please add the required amount using your judgement.


Pinky said...

Hey prathiba , lovely pics and even i am a sucker for diff podi's and chutneys ....So tempting the cliks are tht i will give tis a try asap.

Mélange said...

I loved kaarapodi..And the way you presented,too tempting.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

wow, drooling over here. fantastic presention

Unknown said...

Podi looks tempting....

Faseela said...

wow...lovely clicks....and the podi is simply awesome

Unknown said...

Anytime fav with hot idlis..looks yum

Prathima Rao said...

wow...what a flavorsome podi!!!Must try this one out..
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Shri said...

Bookmarked. Thanks for sharing Prathiba.

Raks said...

Sounds very different from the way we do, interesting podi recipe

Priya Suresh said...

Yum yum,just drooling over that idli topped with podi,super tempting.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Tempting it.

Suja Manoj said...

Spicy Podi,drooling..thanks for sharing

Sobha Shyam said...

flavourful and delicious podi..

Priya Sreeram said...

pics are stunning ;loved it - hey there is a giveaway in my blog, do check it out !

Archana said...

Hey Pratibha these pictures have me drooling. Love it man.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very nice... looks lovely...

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

flavourful podi...looks the way you have presented...nice clicks.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

lovely pics! makes me wanna grab that idli off the plate... i love chutney pudi too, looks fab

Myvegfare said...

Karapodi looks delicious with your beautiful clicks dear.., the last click is superb..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Drool worthy pics of this yummy podi..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

wat a spicy powder..idly to super combo dear

Anonymous said...

have u used standard measuring cups and spoons for the measurmrnts?and one more question...can we add abt 1 cup of curry leaves while grinding?

Anonymous said...

Hey prathy,

really nice to visit this website.for the first time i have seen this. awsome no. of recepies.i tried idli karam podi for the first time n it came really nice.

keep rocking with new recepies.
thanks a lot

Unknown said...

hiii dear prathy....i became ur fan aftr seeyings ur posts....thanx alot for ur posts....they are very very useful n very attractive n tempting photos...thanx alot....

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