Chutney Powder – Andhra Special

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Chutney Powder - Andhra Special

India – rich in its diverse culture, language and heritage, comprises of 29 states and 12 Union Territories. Each state has its own regional language with a variant local dialects and food.  Just like Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder, Garam Masala Powder and Kadai Masala is core to North Indian, it is Panch Phoran for Bengali’s. For SouthIndian’s it is Sambar Powder, Rasam Powder and Dosa Milagai Podi. These powders are core Pantry Stock Fillers that come handy every other day.

It’s often assumed that inclusion of Onions, ginger and garlic devotes to Indian Cusine. But its a Misconception. Indian Cuisine is rich in Spices with its influence from multi states . They are a combination and amalgamation of spices in the right proportion.

Dried Red Chillies

This chutney Powder is one such powder, exclusively influenced from the state of Andhra. They are flavorsome, aromatic and full on with a kick to accompany steaming Rice or Dosa’s and Idli’s.  I was introduced to this ambrosial powder earlier last year by a dear friend Lavanya.

Customarily we visited them for Vara lakshmi Pooja and along with the oblations, she had packed a Zip lock bag loaded with Reddish Orange Powder , totally savory. On asking her, she said its called chutney powder. She had made a whole batch for her family and packed portions for near & dear.  We just enjoyed it with Dosa’s and H insisted I get the recipe.

Chutney Powder - Andhra Special

 

Month’s later, SOS call to her and my recipe comes through a Whatsapp message!  Here I share a recipe for Chutney Powder – Andhra Special. It is a keeper recipe for my own records and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

For more option’s of accompaniments with Dosa ( Lentil Crepes) and Idli’s ( Steamed Rice Cakes) try Tomato Onion Chutney , Onion Tomato Mint Chutney, Coconut Curry Leaves Chutney and Dosa Milagaipodi.

Chutney Powder - Andhra Special

CHUTNEY POWDER – Andhra Special

Chutney Powder - Andhra Special

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Tur Dal
1/2 Cup Channa Dal
1/2 Moong Dal
1/2 cup Desiccated coconut
12 Nos Dried Red Chillies
4 Nos Garlic Cloves
3 Sprigs of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 tsp Hing ( Asafoetida)
Salt as needed

Directions

Dry Roast the Dals one by one until golden brown in medium flame and set them aside in a plate together.
In the same heated pan, dry roast the chillies in low flame, until the aromatic smoky flavour is released. Drain them on to the same plate.
Next in line is garlic cloves in low flame for  a very short while and drain them to the same plate.
Dry roast Desiccated coconut in very low flame until they just begin to change color. Add Cumin Seeds, Curry leaves, Hing and roast for another one minute. Hing gets absolutely aromatic , full on. Drain them onto the plate and all them to cool.
Once they achieve room temperature, load the ingredients into the blender jar and grind them until a coarse mixture is achieved. Taste and add the needed salt.
Serve this lentils loaded Chutney powder mixed with ghee on Steaming White Rice or along with Idli’s ( Lentil Doughnuts) or Dosa’s ( Lentil Crepe’s).

Notes:

You could replace all the amount of coconut with peanuts if you like to enjoy a variation.

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Comments (30)

  • Nice clicks sandhya… chutney powder is a must in every andhrites home …looking yummy

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  • That is one killer chutney powder Sandhya.. totally worth stocking. Lovely presentation.

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    • Thanks a bunch Meena.. It is soo flavorsome.. gives our Dosa a good boost!

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  • In love with the first pic Sandy.. Gorgeous styling.
    Chutney powder is something that we South Indians can’t live without. It’s so versatile and so delicious! Spice heaven!

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    • Thanks Jyothi. a humble attempt to sway from my regular style.. I am glad to be learning something new.

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  • Beautiful clicks Sandhya! Love the first one 🙂

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  • Andhra Chillies are the best, though the kashmiri variety imparts so much colour to the dish. At home, all of us love Andhra food. A spicy andhra podi can brighten up the meal time and preparing the podi at home is joy doubled. Gorgeous pictures Sandhya!

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  • Amazing photos. We love chutney powder too, but my version is slightly different. Your recipe sounds yum. Bookmarking it to try.

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  • I love the last picture! It says so many stories!

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  • Am in love with that box…it’s so cute.

    Chatni-pudi is a must in our home, if it is not there i almost panic. Love it with rice and ghee. Beautiful clicks.

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    • Thank you soo much Simi.. Tat box is a boot sale pick.. I probably paid 20p for it.

      Oh really !! we are not that much a podi eaters with steamed rice.. But I am learning the easy ways.

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  • Beautiful pictures! Never made chutney powder as it is never a part of our cooking… but I am sure this would taste amazing with some kanji (rice porridge) and a spoonful of warm ghee!

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  • Like all the spices & dals that go into the chutney powder. Simple just to mix with ghee & serve.

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  • As I belong to southern part of Odisha, we prepare lot of these podis. I just love it with a good dollop of ghee and hot rice.
    That first picture is lovely sandhya, so much of mystry in that picture.

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    • thank u Subha.. Oh really ! I didnt know that there is a custom of making Podi’s in Odisha too.. Always thought it typically belongs to south india

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  • We love these podis so much. Hot rice with dollop of ghee,its pure bliss. The first picture is so good, so much of mystery in that picture.

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  • remembering my hostel days by seeing ur post..we call it as chammanthi podi 🙂 life saver during hostel days 😛

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  • wow such a flavourfull podi…,love to have it with ghee…

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  • I prepare chutney powder differently..good know new variation across our country..

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  • Stunning photography…beautiful recipe

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  • I have never made it myself because this chutney powder is never in demand at our place…But u know what , looking at ur pics I am craving for it…look what u did to me with ur amazing clicks…he he

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  • This powder is beautifully captured I must say… I usually didn’t add coconut or I can say I didn’t know that coconut can be added as well.
    Thanks

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    • Thank you Priya !! As I have mentioned, this recipe is from my friend Lavanya who is just too good with her podi’s.

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  • Beautiful click! Your version of chutney powder looks so yum!

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  • Beautiful exotic photos! I can’t wait to give the recipe a try soon.

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  • Awesome presentation and clicks dear. This chutney powder looks awesome. I have to try out this recipe soon. 🙂

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