Thursday, July 20, 2006

Basic molagapodi (dal-chilli powder)

I think the title says it all! :)

Recipe for:
Basic molagapodi


1/4 cup chana dal
1/4 cup urad dal
2 tbsp sesame seeds (black, natural, white, whatever)
10-15 dried red chillies (or to taste)
15-20 fresh curry leaves (preferably) or dried will do
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
Salt to taste


1. Dry roast the chana dal and urad dal separately till golden brown. Let cool.

2. Dry roast the red chillies and curry leaves till the curry leaves are dry and crisp. (If using dried curry leaves, roast the chillies for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently).

3. Toast the sesame seeds for a couple of minutes or until they start popping.

4. Let all the ingredients cool down, then grind to a fairly fine powder. Add salt to taste.

Molagapodi is ready to be used as a side-dish for dosa, idli, etc, along with ghee or nallennai (gingelly oil).

Here's a confession: I even make molagapodi sandwiches if I'm at a total loss about what to make when I'm really hungry.


archana said...

Thank you

Shammi said...

"Thank you for not babbling on like you always do", you mean? :D

Vaishali said...

I follow my MIL's recipe for curry leaves chutney powder. Where it differs from your Molagapodi is that it uses dried coconut (Kopra) whereas you've used sesame seeds. Will try your version sometime, because I like sesame seeds in chutneys a lot.
Btw, your reply to Archana's comment is hilarious. :)

Anonymous said...

Vaish: Hilarious, but true? :)

Vaishali said...