Ellu Podi – A calcium-rich powder with the wonderful nutty flavor of sesame seeds. It makes an excellent accompaniment for idli and dosa.
This calcium-rich powder that is a little moist with the nutty flavor of sesame seeds is one of our family favorites. This ellu podi is one of the specialities of my grandmother. She doesn’t add any dal for this recipe. With just three main ingredients, this is simple to prepare and makes an excellent accompaniment for idli and dosa. This is usually mixed with sesame oil before eating (just like we do for idli podi) but can be had even without mixing with oil. It stays good for a week without refrigeration.
My grandma is an amazing cook. She places an array of dishes in front us for every meal. Her idlies are the best in the world for me. Steaming hot idlies with ellu podi, thengai poondu podi and my grandma’s special moong dal sambar is such an awesome breakfast combo. Here is how we prepare ellu podi in our home. Try this and let me know how it tuned out for you!
Ellu Podi Recipe:
Cuisine : South Indian – Tamilnadu
Category : Side dish for idli/dosa
Makes : 1 & 1/4 cups
Preparation Time : 2 min
Cooking Time : 5-10 min
1 cup : 240 ml
- 1 cup Black Sesame Seeds
- 3 Red Chillies
- 4 cloves Garlic
- A few drops of Oil
- Salt as requried
1. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan between low & medium flame till they splutter. If you are preparing large quantities, you can dry roast the sesame seeds in batches. Fry the red chilllies in a few drops of oil, till they change colour.
2. Put the red chilies at the bottom of the mixer grinder jar. Add the dry roasted sesame seeds and salt on top.
3. Pulse the ingredients at regular intervals till they form a coarse powder. Do not run the mixer grinder continuously. It might form a thick paste because of the oil content of the seeds.
4. Add the chopped garlic and run the mixer grinder in pulse mode intermittently till the powder is coarse and even.