Friday, November 20, 2009

Garlic masala powder

Maths doesn’t play much of a role in my life, other than when absolutely, utterly unavoidable. I go to great lengths to avoid such occasions, so when one does occur, you can bet your booty that it’s as rare as a 300 carat diamond. Only a lot less interesting, and involving much swearing and general blasphemy. That’s the only way I can get through it – that, and help begged from anybody capable of looking a math problem in the eye without flinching and bursting into tears.

What does maths have to do with a cooking blog, or this recipe, one may wonder. Happily, not much with the recipe itself – just a mention on the blog for the sake of getting some content for the post leading to the recipe. And this is a recipe for a home-made ready-mix powder used to make spicy flavoured rice. Kind of like paruppu podi, but different in the ingredients used. Paruppu podi doesn’t involve coriander seeds at all, and they play a big role in this powder. The shels life differs, too. This masala powder, containing raw garlic as it does, doesn't have the extended shelf life of paruppu podi.

So where does the maths bit come in?

Only in that this masala powder, redolent of garlic and coriander, adds up to much more than the sum of its component parts. My kind of mathematics, you see, because when I add up a column of figures, you can bet your bottom dollar or pound (or other currency of choice) that the sum will invariably exceed the total of the individual figures. Which is terrible for a maths problem, but very welcome in a recipe.

PS: Original recipe here

Recipe for: Garlic masala powder



2 tbsp urad dal
1/4 cup coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
10-15 dried red chillies (depending on heat and to taste)
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
5 cloves garlic
Salt to taste


1. Dry roast the red chillies, urad dal, coriander seeds and sesame seeds over a medium fire, stirring frequently, till the dal is golden brown, the chillies turn a darker red and the coriander seeds are aromatic.


2. Let cool completely, then add the garlic cloves.


3. Pick out the red chillies and grind them to a fine powder separately, then grind the rest of the roasted ingredients to a fairly coarse powder. Add salt to taste and store in a tight-lidded container.


To eat, add the masala powder to taste to cooked cooled rice. Fry up a handful of peanuts and a few curry leaves in a tsp of ghee or gingelly oil, then mix with the masala rice. Serve hot with crisps or papads and a raita.


BDSN said...

This seems to be a recipe for the cloudy rainy day when you feel like eating something spicy or something that tingles your taste buds and this seems to just do it. Anyway if you have a chance do drop by my blog.

Rekha shoban said...

its really new one...garlic is very gud for healthy...but most of the people dont like it..but if v do this type of will be really gud for them

Kamini said...

Your mathematical intro made me laugh!
The powder sounds yummy, but with raw garlic in it, what is the shelf life? Can it last a few days? Thanks!

Bharathy said...

This is a must try one!..Love podis!..and I love all with malli in it..:)

Shammi said...

Hi BDSN - Long time no see, welcome back! :)

Rekha: Yep :)

Kamini: 4 days and still going strong. The original recipe mentions that the podi stays good for a month, though.

Bharathy: By malli do you mean garlic? :)

nihaty said...

Many of the necessary vitamins are found in garlic as a natural antibiotic and food should be consumed in more than gives great flavo