Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thengai podi - Coconut powder

This powder goes very well as stuffing too. It carries all the benefits of coconut - Protects hair against damage, boosts brain vitality and loose weight.

Category :Vegan, Jain, fat-free (oil optional), gluten-free, nut free, rich in protein
Preparation Time : 5 min.
Cooking Time: 15 Min.
Skill level : easy

Ingredients :
1 ts oil (optional)
1 tbs chanadal
1 tbs toordal
1 c urad dal
10-12 peppercorns
3-4 red chilies (you can adjust spiciness according to your taste)
1 c coconut dry, sliced
1/2 ts turmeric
sugar 1 ts
salt as needed

1. First roast chanadal slightly with or without oil
2. Then add toordal very light brown at medium low heat
3. Then add urad dal, peppercorns, and coriander seeds.
4. When it starts to release an aroma and turns golden-brown, add chili, turmeric, and coconut.
5. Continue roasting for another 5 min and turn the heat off.
6.  Keep moving the ingredients in the pot around otherwise it may burn since pot will be hot.
7. When it cools down, add salt and sugar and grind it into coarse powder. (Some people like it fine but I feel the coarse gives more texture and is fragrant.)
8. Store in airtight container.

=> For multiplying the recipe you don't need extra oil unless it's very large batch