All Powder, No Gun

Gunpowder-(n) mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks

Oh! don’t worry I’m not into making bombs now….
what i have today is of the South Indian kind and is almost as potent as its namesake. But fret not,it is easily enjoyed even by the spice -intolerant and you can play around with the quantity of the spice as well as other ingredients.

This accompaniment is a favorite at home. Although it’s a bit spicy, my son loves to have it with crisp dosas and it makes for such a quick breakfast too!

Also called idli podi, paruppu podi, dhal powder or ‘gun powder’, this crunchy spice mixture should be stored in an airtight jar. When required, a spoonful or two may be mixed with melted ghee/oil and used like a chutney.


1 cup Channa Dal
1 cup Urad Dal
1/2 tsp jeera
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/4 cup rice
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp hing/asafoetida
Red chillies, whole, as per taste
and salt, of course…

Roast all these ingredients one by one..and powder. Mix well and store in an air tight container.


  • December 2009
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