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.


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  2. I’ve been looking around and actually am impressed by the amazing content material here. I work the nightshift at my job and it really gets boring. I’ve been coming here for the previous couple nights and reading. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been enjoying what I’ve seen and I look ahead to reading more.

  3. my friend used to bring this podi to school with idlis.. will try to recreate tht taste!

    thanks for dropping by my blog.. yours is a lovely space full of great recipes

  4. Nothing can beat gun powder with idlis or dosas! It has its very own special place in my pantry πŸ™‚

  5. Sounds great! I have been making dosas lately so I will try this with them. Thanks!

  6. This I cannot do without. Give me a tiny little satchel of this with idlis to carry whenever I’m on a plane ride.:)

  7. Vow Sheba, loved your blog. I am a fan of your writings.

  8. We call this Molaga Podi ! πŸ™‚ And its the world’s yummiest powder ever! And, the Rasgulla was drool worthy πŸ˜€

  9. Lovely recipe,s!My Mil and mom add Toor dal too..And oh, I like the post title..:))

  10. Wonderful blog that I’ve bookmarked for more excavation πŸ™‚

  11. You must share these tips then

  12. You have a wonderful space here, I am sure glad I stopped by! This podi looks delicious. One of my college friends used to bring a similar podi to our hostel mess every-day and our sustenance for most part was on her mom’s podi and the hostel rice with a bit of oil… oh, the good old days! I will surely be making this podi soon!

  13. I just roasted dal for some gun powder. I don’t add cumin and pepper but for the winter probably a great idea. I am going to roast some and add before I blend them.

    Thanks for visiting and I am really glad I found yours.

    • Kalyan…i just follow tips that i find online..and its no fancy shmancy camera..just a regular Pns..but thanks so much…

    • my mom actually uses 12 items..will try make it using her method has curry leaves and a lot of other things..

  14. Truly commendable then S πŸ™‚ The lighting is great. Is it a very complex camera then? Nice framing too

  15. where is quick gun murugan?:)) gun powder is a must in my house, sambhar optional!!

  16. Hi, This is my first time here and I must say that I am floored by the quality of your food photos. Are you a professional photographer?

    Gun powder brought back memories of my first trip to the South, Bangalore. We had gone to a Tamillian restaurant. My colleague told me about gun powder

    • oh i really flattered… im no professional photographer..but i really enjoy it

  17. Hey, I love your podi recipe. This is a kitchen bomb. hehe. πŸ™‚

  18. Dear S, Your gun powder is doing dishum….dishum… πŸ˜€ I like your podi recipe. πŸ™‚

  19. I love idlis…and I have never tried gun powder..but looks like I missed out!

  20. Lovely ckicks .I love milagai podi with idlys.

  21. Oh! I love gunpowder with idlis. Lovely pics

  22. hey, …like your style of writing..we were to move to goa, about 2 years back, but things didnt work out, but i have a long time connection with goa..great to know u are from there…your tanjore paintings are beautiful…will go back and read your other posts…

  23. i have bookmarked your blog for further reading.

  24. Very useful podi for idli…nice recipe….and nice pics too s…


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