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Kothamalli vara podi (Spicy coriander powder)

This is definitely a must have podi in kitchen. My mother in law always keeps this handy and  I got caught up with this habit now. Having podi's like this has made my mornings so much easy.  This podi is so versatile it can be used in many recipes.

  • For Arachuvitta sambhar - vara podi + ground coconut + regular sambhar
  • For brinjal rice / vaangi bath - add this podi to brinjal fry
  • This is used as Pitlai podi
  • Add it to rasam and make it mysore rasam
  • Add this any kari to increase the flavor. Does wonders for potato fry.
  • And not to forget this is the wonder creator for puliyotharai


  • Coriander Seeds - 1/2 cup loosely packed
  • Chana dal - little less than 1/2 cup
  • urad dal - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  • pepper corns - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 15 - 20
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp


This only makes minutes to make this podi. It is basically sauteing and grinding. I make a batch with our usual sunday menu (Potato fry and arachuvitta sambhar) and save it for couple of weeks

Heat a coconut oil on medium heat and saute everything one by one. Leave it on the counter for couple of minutes, once it's cool down to room temperature grind it and store it a air tight container.

  • make sure to saute one by one. 
  • Saute until lentils is golden, coriander seeds turns color and releases flavor

Enjoy and Happy cooking.

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