Pudina Podi | Mint Spice powder

>>  Monday, April 11, 2011

Gun powder is quite a common item in most Indian dining table. At least I think so in a typical Andhra home. Having grown up seeing various versions of each dish, one can't start to imagine the variety one can come up with. Amma always makes her famous podi.

Apart from that Athamma is know for her Podis and Chutneys. I always joke with her that, she can end up with a chutney or a podi with anything. This Pudina podi was something similar too. We had excess pudina on hand and not knowing what we can do with it, she ended up making this podi. It tasted great with Rice and of course with Dosa.

For it's nutritious value, one can eat these spice powders everyday if possible.

Today is the beginning of the Group 2 in Blogging Marathon. I have listed end of this post on who is going to do what. I have decided to take up Condiment as it's something I haven't done much.

Pudina Podi | Mint Spice powder

Ingredients Needed

Pudina leaves / Mint Leaves - 1 cup, tightly packed (can be little less too)
Kopra/ Dry coconut, grated - 3 tsp
Salt to taste
Red Chillies - 7- 8 nos

Method to prepare:

Wash and shade dry the mint leaves.

Once dry, fry the leaves in a pan. Keep it aside.

Grate the kopra and fry these next. Followed by the red chilies. Each has to be fried separately. Allow the ingredients to cool

Grind to a fine powder once all of them are cool.

Since the leaves tend to get wet after grinding, heat a pan with 1 tsp of oil and fry this ground powder to get a dry powder.

Store this in an air tight container for nearly 10 days.

Best way to serve this would be with Rice and ghee for taste. But as plain podi with Rice too it tastes great.
Increase your spice level by adding more chillies

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing Group 2 BM#4 along with me:

Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, Divya
Seven Days of Soup: Ila, Smita P   
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika, Padma Rekha 
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri  
30 Minutes Meals: Archana    
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli


Champa April 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM  

Nice one. I use dal along with it too.

harini-jaya April 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

good one..we use urad dal also in this podi. But as you said, each person has a different version!

Sin-A-Mon (Monika) April 11, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

I love the flavor of mint but try it soon

SouthindianHome April 11, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

Wonderful and flavourful podi.Would be perfect with rice

Usha April 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

Nice podi valii!

PJ April 11, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

I am going to do a 'same pinch' with Athamma.I love making podis and chutneys and can't live without them :).Just today I got a huge bunch of mint leaves from farmers market and I am going to prepare this version.Thanks for the recipe yaar...

lata raja April 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

I can never imagine 'not having atleast one podi in stock at home' is always such a comfort to have them around and mint lover that I am,can tell that this podi would be such a welcome addition to steamed rice or dosas!

Paaka Shaale April 11, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

Loved the spice mix. I just can't get enough of these powders/ Will definitely try this :)

Priya April 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

Would love to have this podi with some hot steaming rice topped with few drops of ghee...Flavourful interesting podi..

Divya.M April 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

interesting mom used to make such podi's...will make and let u know...

Suman Singh April 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

I love the flavor of mint in the powder..must be very refreshing! One more easy and delicious recipe from you..thanks!

Cooks April 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM  

Very interesting podi. Never even thought that mint podi can be made. Healthy and delicious.

divya April 11, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

Slurp,mouthwatering here...fantastic

Prathibha April 11, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

My mom makes this..always get d stock from her,but never bothered 2 ask for d recipe...need 2 ask now.:)

Ila April 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

looks yummy and spicy :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts April 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

looks so spicy and delicious !!

Vimitha Anand April 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM  

Looks yum and greeny... Love ur blog. Happy to follow...

Suma Gandlur April 12, 2011 at 2:36 AM  

A great one, Srivalli.

Archana Vivek April 12, 2011 at 3:14 AM  

Nice one Srivalli.

Kamalika April 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

WOW ... mint podi would be just awesome .. i love the flavour and smell of mint

Kamalika April 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

WOW ... mint podi would be just awesome .. i love the flavour and smell of mint

Minu April 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

Love the array of Podi's

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