Pappula Podi


Spicy Roasted Chickpeas powder, a Andhra speciality. (Pappulu Podi / Putnala Podi / Spicy Dalia Powder / Chitlam Podi ) These dry spice mixes or powders are eaten as an accompaniment to South Indian tiffins items like idli/ dosai. Can also be served with piping hot steamed rice with a dash of ghee or sesame oil.

1 cup Split roasted gram / roasted channa dal
7 nos Dry red chilli
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3 clove Garlic
10 nos Dry coconut pieces
½ tsp Salt (or to taste)
1 drop Oil


Heat a drop of oil in a pan and roast dry red chillies for few seconds, remove them and keep aside. In the same pan dry roast copra for few seconds and keep them aside. Cool them completely and dry grind all the ingredients ( Putnala pappu + dry red chillies + cumin seeds + garlic + dry coconut + salt ) to a fine powder.  Cool for at least 30 minutes and store in an air-tight container or bottle for up to 2 months.


Split roasted gram —– Dalia / Pottukadalai / Uddacha kadalai / Roasted channa dal / Roasted chickpeas

Dry Coconut —- Copra / Coparai Thengai (If you find thin slices of copra in Indian stores use 10 of them for this recipe or use 2 large pieces.

If preferred, the powder can be pounded little crumbly too.



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5 comments to Pappula Podi

  • Cappuccino

    mullai ma’am just prepared two kinds of podi one is ur version and the other one is kaviarun’s methi podi for hair…Both came out well and tastes awesome. In addition i just added 1/2 tsp of asafoetida to enhance the flavour.

    Thanx for posting this receipe

    Have a great day

  • Manoo

    Hiiiiiii Mam, I made this.. I saw the ingredients differ from radha akka's recipe…So just made it…The taste & appearance were different & also AWESOME…. Now we got two kindda paruppu podi & one idli milakai podi in our kitchen…. Is kara podi is different frm idli milaka podi btw… Looking for that podi too if its different.. Anyways Thank you so much for those podis as it will help ppl livin in semenyih woods…

    Luv, Manoo

    • Radha Arvindh


      Ohh..This recipe is already posted is it??I had never checked it..There were few request posted under my bisi bele bath for paruppu podi and so I happened to post it directly without checking out the site..Anyway's as u said two different varieties are available now..


      Radha Arvindh 

      • Mullai


        This is Andhra style podi, whereas the one you posted, is typical Tamilian version. Glad to have both, might be helpful to all members.

    • Mullai


      Kara Podi is a common term, each region has its own style and definition. It literally means Chili powder in my region and ofcourse will taste blunt  with idli or dosai.  

      Kara Podi – Red chili powder

      Idli Milagai Podi – For idli, dosai and upma

      Paruppu Podi – for rice

      My version of paruppu podi is used as a side for tiffin items too in Andhra, so personal preference also plays a major part. Choice is yours.

      Thanks and Happy Podi Vaaaaaram!!

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