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Paruppu podi for Rice

Paruppu podi
Whomever had lunch in Andhra mess would have tasted the lentil powder alias gun powder. I am not sure why it got the name gun powder. It is my hubby's favourite. He starts his lunch with this paruppu podi and ghee. It is also my kid's favourite and I used to prepare in small batches 15 days once.  This paruppu podi can be taken as a side dish to rice along with ghee or sesame oil.  Please check below for step wise instructions and pictures for paruppu podi - lentil powder.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook time : 10 mins
Ready in : 15 mins
Yields : 1 Cup 

Spicy Lentil powder

Toor Dal - Thuvaram paruppu
1/2 Cup
Channa Dal - Kadalai paruppu 
1/4 Cup
Yellow Moong Dal - Pasi paruppu 
1/4 Cup
Cumin seeds
1.5 tsp
Black pepper
1 tsp
Garlic cloves
Red Chillies
Curry Leaves
As Required
Asafoetida powder
1/4 tsp

  •  Dry roast toor dal to golden brown colour. Similarly dry roast chana dal and moong dal separately to golden colour. 
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  • Dry roast remaining ingredients except salt and allow it to cool.  
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  • Once all the ingredients are cooled, blend it into a coarse powder in mixie by adding enough salt.
Paruppu podi / Spicy Lentil powder / Gun powder / Podi for Rice

Paruppu podi

Adjust chillies and pepper powder to your taste. I have added less pepper and chillies keeping my kid in mind.
While grinding in mixie, check salt and adjust as needed.
Once the powder cools down, store it in clean air tight container.


  1. flavorful podi..nithya..love to eat with ghee and rice

  2. Beautiful and came on time as I am looking for such a podi. We both love it so much and it can be made and eaten as and when needed. Tqvm for the recipe.

  3. Simply delicious paruppu podi, comes in very handy...


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