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May 10, 2009

Spiced Dalia (Roasted Bengal Gram) Powder (Putnaala Podi)

Hope all of you (mothers) had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I also had a nice one just like last year.

Now coming to the recipe, this is a delicious and aromatic Andhra delicacy. This is so simple to prepare too! Here is my version of this yummy powder. At our home we call these dalia as "Thinae Senagapappu" in Telugu. But these are well known as "Putnaala Pappu" in most of Andhra Pradesh.


  • 1 cup Roasted Bengal Gram (Putnaala Pappu, Dalia)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 or 3 flakes of Garlic, skin removed
  • 2 tsp dry red Chili Powder (adjust according to taste)
  • Salt


Add all the ingredients in a blender jar and grind into fine powder. That’s it, a very delicious spicy powder is ready for you to enjoy.

Here are some ways to enjoy this yummy powder:

  1. Mix with steaming hot rice with a dollop of ghee and eat. After you eat one bite of this, you can’t control yourself from having a second serving.
  2. If some desiccated coconut is added to the powder while grinding, it can be mixed it with some yogurt or water to make instant chutney for dosas/chapathis.
  3. Sprinkle some dalia powder while making curries to make them taste more delicious and aromatic.
  4. Sprinkle on top of dosas while making Errakaram Dosas (I’ll post this some time). The taste will be heavenly!

This is my contribution to Mahimaa’s “15 minute cooking” event.


chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Uma, i think i m the first one to comment on this..:)
Lovely pappula podi..we call it as pappindi,amma adds dry coocnut and all to make it more tasty..
i can imagine the taste of this with aavakay n ghee..do i need to say anything abt the outcome??

Saritha said... [Reply]

My dad's fav,we call it chitla podi

jayasree said... [Reply]

Liked your version of dalia podi. Simple to make.

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Yumm!! i love this dalia podi with hot rice and ghee..just makes me hungry!

Unknown said... [Reply]

I have rice with paruppu podi whenever I feel too lazy to cook. And nice profile pic!!

Unknown said... [Reply]

good one.. we too make parappu podi as divya has mentioned above..but the recipe is slightly different..goes very well with rice..

Finla said... [Reply]

Yeah i had a fabulous mothers day too.
I have never made any kind of powders at home except masala powders.
This looks really yumm.

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

This is a new recipe for me Uma...I have made only the regular pappu podis. This podi sounds intresting. Thanks for sharing it :)

Vishali said... [Reply]

nice putnala podi Uma....love it with idlies, dosas and also curries...good one.

Sanghi said... [Reply]

I'v not tasted it, its new to me..! Looks tasty, will try out! Happy mothers day uma!!:)

A_and_N said... [Reply]

Nice! I;'ll have mine with rice and gingelly oil :)

Vrinda said... [Reply]

This is something new to me..sounds great and easy..will definitely try this out,thanx for sharing

anudivya said... [Reply]

I love the idea of Erakaaram dosais... I am going to give it is a try, and it is very simple to make too.

Sangeeth said... [Reply]

I love this podi....my mom used to make this...it sure is a delight when taken with ghee....

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

New to me.....but simple and tasty podi....I love the idea of adding this podi to curries,rice.....Lovely colour Uma!

Malar Gandhi said... [Reply]

Love all kinds of podi...this one sounds simple and nice. Love garlicky flavour.

Cham said... [Reply]

Delicious podi, I imagine with sprinking on dosa!

Indhu said... [Reply]

delicious podi.. will taste awesome with rice and ghee :)

Pooja said... [Reply]

Yummy podi Uma..Love to have it with rice and a gallop of ghee..

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Lovely podi.. rice and ghee combo sounds great!

Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

Happy Mothers Day Uma... My Grandma mentions this Putnaala podi but have always refused to have them... Looks good, and sounds healthy too...

Unknown said... [Reply]

We call this Paruppu Podi, it is made with thoor dal. Will surely try with bengal gram.
Nice recipe.

Pooja said... [Reply]

Great recipe! This is new to me..waiting eagerly for the dosa post :)

Priyameena said... [Reply]

Looks very easy to prepare..Wonderful entry..I love it..

Suparna said... [Reply]

Hi Uma,
This is new to me, it looks very tasty and tempting, easy to make :) am bookmarking it.

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

Love hot steamed rice ghee with pappula pindi ... heaven.. loved ur clicks too

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

I also prepare roasted bengalgram powder, but we add dry coconut, tamarind & whole red chillies to it :)
As you mentioned, we love this with rice & a dollop of ghee :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

mmmm my most fav. this one perfect recipe for the event uma

Chutneytales said... [Reply]

Yumm...Love ur dalia podi..Perfect with piping hot rice and some ghee :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

yeasterday i made this powder. but adding cumin seed is new to me..next time i will try ur mothod. thxs for sharing..

notyet100 said... [Reply]

simple yet yum,..

ARUNA said... [Reply]

never tried this podi.....i eat the pappu just like that, podi i'm sure will b like milk powder for me :))

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Lovely podi.. Looks nice!

bee said... [Reply]

someone sent me something similar and it's been sitting in our freezer for nearly a year. thanks for explaining what to do with it. i never use podis and forget about them, then throw them away.

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

healthy and delicious podi.......
and nice profile click...:)

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Wow dalia powder with hot rice and ghee hmm mouthwatering..Will try making this spicy powder :)

♥Rosie♥ said... [Reply]

Happy belated Mothers Day Uma!

Your podi looks delicious.

Jamie said... [Reply]

Uma, great recipe. It is very unique and I have never heard of this before. I like the rice and ghee idea!

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I love the idea of sprinkling this on dosais.. have some on hand made similarly - will give it a try.

rahin said... [Reply]

this is new to me , sounds interesting though:)

Usha said... [Reply]

This sounds simple and interesting...

Unknown said... [Reply]

nice to receive an entry from you uma.. thanks a lot. this is a different kinda podi to me. needless to say about your creativity :)


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