I made quite a few new year resolutions with regard to my cooking. So each day of this first week of Blogging Marathon, my dish will be a small little step towards one of my resolutions. I was deeply impressed by the book, ‘Cooked’ by Michael Pollan. Amongst the many arguments he made, one that struck a chord with me was about ‘cooking from scratch’. After reading that, I realized how many things I buy that can be made at home which would most likely be fresher, healthier and free from preservatives.
I started making sambhar powder, rasam powder and ginger garlic paste at home and have continued to do so for almost six months now. Then, one day I was chatting with my mom and extolling the benefits of cooking from scratch to which she replied, “oh good, so you will start making molaga podi on your own now.” So I was caught and had no choice. I am highly allergic to frying red chillies. Despite tying a huge scarf around my face, I sneeze an entire day and a half if I have to fry even two red chillies. So I get molaga podi from mom in bulk. Now, I couldn’t. So I took up my scarf and set off on the mission.
This recipe is from my mother and modified to suit the ultra spicy requirements of the husband.
WHAT WE NEED
Dried red chillies 30
Bengal gram dal 1/2 cup
Split black dal/ urad dal 1/2 cup
White sesame seeds 2 tbsp
Oil 1 tsp
WHAT TO DO
- Dry roast the sesame seeds till they start popping and set them aside to cool
- Heat 1/2 tsp oil and add the red chillies and fry the, for 2-3 minutes.
- To ensure that the chillies don’t turn black move them about regularly. Set aside to cool.
- Heat the other 1/2 tsp oil and add both dals and fry till golden brown.
- Set aside the dals to cool.
- Once cooled, put all the ingredients into a blender, add salt and blend to a powder.
- Enjoy with idlis, dosas and uttapams.
- The ratio of chillies to lentils depends on your spice preference. If you aren’t sure then fry 3/4 cup each of Bengal gram dal and split black dal. Keep 1/2 cup of the mixed fried dal aside. Mix the one cup dal with the chillies. If you find it too spicy, grind the balance dal separately and mix with the red chillies mixture.
- To maintain the consistency of the recipe, it is essential to have the red chillies of same quality and spice level. It is ideal to buy them from the same shop which should usually work the same way every time. If not, add some paruppu podi to the red chilly mixture to reduce spicyness.
This is a part of the Blogging Marathon under ‘New Year Challenge’.