March 25, 2011
Sunflower Seed Podi
I usually keep some sunflower seeds in my pantry as it is a very nutritious addition to a salad. I am making salad all the time as that is what my husband takes as his lunch. So just to have some variety I try not to add the same nut every day.
One day, I came upon this idea of using these seeds to make a podi out of it that can be mixed with the rice on the same lines as Sesame podi. Sesame podi being a traditional item in the south, I immediately referred my "Cook and See" book and came across a recipe for Sesame podi and a recipe for Sesame rice. The only difference being that the latter uses little urad dal along with sesame, red chillies and hing. And for the rice, you continue further by adding the seasonings along with the prepared powder to toss in the rice.
Since I have always liked the flavor of urad dal, I decided to make the powder as it is done for the Sesame rice. My experiment was a big hit and my Father in law enjoyed it very much:)
Here I am sharing that recipe with you all. This time I tried another variation using more of urad dal and some chana dal. Down below, I have given both the variations of the Podi. Both are good for mixing with rice as well as for enjoying with idlis and dosas with few drops of sesame oil like the Molagapodi.
Powder No 1
1/2 cup Sunflower seeds(roasted and salted)
2 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp chana dal
3 red chillies(long variety)
generous pinch of hing
little less than 1 tsp salt
Powder No 2
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp urad dal
2 red chillies(long variety)
1/2 tsp salt
I am not sure if sunflower seeds are available in India, but it is available in the USA in all the grocery stores. Dry roast all the ingredients separately except the sunflower seeds and salt. Powder the roasted ingredients with salt to a coarse texture. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse until it gets coarse...Take care not to over do after the seeds are added as this will let out oil and clump together. You can add a small piece of jaggery to the powder no 1 while grinding. You can also adjust the red chillies depending on your spice level.
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