Sundal Podi is a dry spice mix used to garnish the sundal or lentil salad.It is prepared mostly during the Navratri festivals in India.
Sundal Podi comes quite handy during festival seasons. With the festivals lined up, I felt it is the right time to post the sundal Podi Recipe. You can use the same spice mix powder with any sundal as per your preference and enjoy.
What is Sundal :
Sundal is a sweet or Spicy Salad. It is usually prepared in India as an offering to god or as a snack. Sundal is prepared with any legumes or lentils.
What is Sundal Podi:
Sundal podi is a spice mix used to flavor the Sundal. It is prepared with coriander Seeds, Urad dal, Channa Dal, and Salt.
Navaratri In India
Navaratri is an Indian Hindu festival celebrated for a span of nine days during the October or November Months in India. Nava means Nine and Ratiri means nights. Navaratri literally translates to Nine Nights.
So, for this festival usually, it is habitual to display “golu”. Navaratri is celebrated with different names in different parts of India. It is celebrated as Dussehra in Karnataka. Durga Pooja in Kolkata and many more.
What is Golu :
Golu is a display of dolls or idols of god during the Navaratri Festival. It is usually celebrated in Southern India. So daily during the nine days, pooja is performed for the golu and food is prepared as an offering.
As we all know food plays a major role in all the festivals. Usually, the offered to god will be any variety rice, Sweet, and a sundal.
Few sundal Recipes I have posted in blog:
The sundal can be prepared either with Sundal podi or without. Mostly During the festival days Sundal podi is made in bulk so that we can add if needed or just skip it. But adding Sundal Spice mix always tend to give yummy and positive results.
Sundal Podi Ingredients:
Coriander seeds gives the main flavour to the sundal podi, so its mandatory and can never be skipped.
Channa or Urad Dal:
Channa dal and Urad dal gives a nice crunch and taste to sundals. You can also add channa dal alone or Urad dal alone, Tastes good either way.
Any dish with coconut needs to finish quickly. So usually we don’t add grated coconut in Sundal podi, instead, we add in the Sundal. However, if dry roasted and added it can stay good for some weeks together.
Always put it in fridge and handle it with clean spoons.
When you are planning to make a small batch and will be finishing off soon. You can very well add 2 or 3 tbsp of grated coconut. It gives a very nice taste to the sundal.
How to Prepare Sundal Podi, Pictorial
1 . In a Kadai add in the Coriander seeds, Urad Dal , Channa Dal. Dry roast in a very low flame.
2. Roast for a min and then add in the Dry Red Chilli and Salt (if using) Roast everything togtehr untill it turns slightly golden and you get a ncie aroma.
3.Switch off and Allow it to cool completely.
4. Transfer everything to a blender and grind it to a fine powder. Sundal powder is ready.
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Sundal Podi | Dry spice mix powder for Sundal
Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml
- ¼ cup Coriander Seeds
- 5 Dry Red chilli
- 2 tbsp Urad Dal
- 2 tbsp Channa Dal
- ½ tsp Salt or as needed to taste
- Dry Roast all the ingredients together till they turn golden.
- Now switch off the stove and cool down the ingredients completely.
- Once they cool down using a blender, grind everything to form a coarse powder. cool down completely and store the powder in a container.
- You can also dry roast 2 tbsp of coconut in the spice mix.
- But if you are planning to store the powder for a long time skip coconut.
- If coconut is used it has to be used within a week.
- Stays good up to 6-8 months if handled with care.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, the nutrition value provided here is an estimate. It will vary based on the quantity and brands of the products used.
Note: This post is originally from 2017 . I have updated with new Recipe card, Pictures and video now.