Nalla Karam Podi/Nalla Karam

We entered the brand new year,also I joined the Blogging Marathon after a short break.We are entering the 60th edition and for this week I chose to share Regional recipes.
When I was going through my cook books to choose some recipes for the theme,this powder caught my attention.So decided to share some Andhra recipes which I noted down from a good friend of mine,long time back.Her mom is an amazing cook and cooks for a large crowd in no time.When she was here I noted down some of her signature recipes such as spicy pickle and powders.
Andhra  cuisine is famous for its pickles and powders also she introduced me this nall karam podi.This powder can be mixed with rice and eaten,also be used as an accompaniment for idly and dosa,topped with sesame oil or ghee like idly podi.
The taste of this powder is entirely different from the regular idly podi.As this podi uses tamarind and coriander seeds curry leaves,it has got a very nice tangy taste and flavor.Off to the recipe............................

                                                                                         Nalla Karam Podi

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 10-12 minutes
   Makes ~ 11/2 cups



Dried red chilly/varamilagai
Coriander seeds/Dhaniya
1/3 cup
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
1 tbs
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
2 tbs 
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
2 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
3-5 sprigs
small lemon size or 20 gms
3-4 fat cloves(crushed)
 11/4-11/2 tsp
 2-3 tsp


  • Heat the pan 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the red chillies for couple of minutes,remove it.In the same pan add around 1/2 tsp of oil and roast the coriander seeds till it becomes golden and crispy.Remove it and keep it.
  • Now again add another 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the dhals in a medium flame till the color changes and slightly golden.Once the dhals become nice and crisp remove it.Fry in the cumin seeds and curry leaves in 1/2 tsp of oil,till the curry leaves turned crisp.Remove it from the keep it.

    • Now fry the tamarind in the pan without adding any oil.Once the tamarind becomes soft remove it.Now add in the crushed garlic in the pan and fry it for a minute and remove it.Let all the ingredients get cool down.

    • After cooling grind the red chillies,coriander seeds,and tamarind to bit coarse powder.Now add in the curry leaves,cumin seeds,dhals,garlic and grind it.Now add in the salt and give it a pulse.

    • Store it in an air tight container.

    • Roast the ingredients in a medium flame.
    • The amount of curry leaves can be increased according to personal preference. 
    • The powder needs to be in a bit coarser side,so grind it accordingly.



    I remember this podi which I tasted during our previous BM meet at Padma's house. Yours looks awesome...

    I can imagine the spice kick of this podi. Love the last four shots. Story well presented!

    Omg, that last click is tempting me too much. Such a fabulous and super attractive spice powder, loving it.

    Gosh the pictures are fantastic Nalini..very good clicks..not to mention the podi too..

    The podi sounds so tempting and the clicks are even more tempting.

    Nalla karam podi looks spicy and flavorful. The last few clicks are just amazing.

    Love your clicks! It is making me want to bite a piece of that podi loaded idli!

    what clicks !!! awesome podi !! so many bookmarks from ur space, Nalini :)

    I cannot take my eyes off the pics Nalini. Looks totally delicious and I am bookamrking this

    Thank you for sharing a good article about good food and overall your blog is great full of good content. thanks a lot.

    Thank you for sharing a good article about good food and overall your blog is great full of good content. thanks a lot.

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