When ever my Mom or my MIL is here they used to make all the podis, garam masalas and pachadis for me. But these days I try to make them myself and learned that they are not very difficult to make.
This is a recipe I got from my MIL. Its called Dhaniyalu podi...My kids call it brown powder :)
Its a simple podi which is like a life saviour to me. My kids like to eat it with anything like idli, dosa or rice. If I give them this chapathi too...they will gladly eat it!
Since it has all the good ingredients like a masala, I even use it in flavoring rice. My younger one will eat it without making a fuss.
Whenever there is nothing much in the house...stir fry some veggies or even an egg to rice and flavor it with this powder and here you have an easy breezy dish ready in a jiffy!
1/4 cup Chanaga pappu / Channa Dal
1/4 cup Minapa pappu / Urad dal
1/4 cup Dhaniyalu / Coriander seeds
20 dry red chilies (more or less)
2 sprigs of curry leaves
1 tbsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
6-7 cloves of garlic
1 golf ball sized tamarind / Chintapandu
Salt to taste
Dry roast Channa Dal, urad dal til they are slightly brown in color.
Add the coriander and roast them too for a minute or two.
Add the red chilies and curry leaves, roast them all together for another couple of minutes.
Let this cool before adding the cumin seeds.
Grind this along with garlic, tamarind and salt.
This can be stored for a few months in an air tight container.
Serve with idli, dosa, or upma too or with hot rice and ghee.