Thengai Podi


Thengai Podi is a great rice accompaniment during lazy days. Just like Tomato Thokku and Pulikaichal, this powder can be stored for more than a month, if stored in an airtight container and kept refrigerated. This quick podi stays good even in room temperature for 2 – 3 weeks. Whether its a side dish for  Bagala bath (Curd rice) or rice accompaniment with ghee/ coconut oil or side dish for south Indian Breakfast, Thengai Podi is a table winner.

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 5 minutes


Coconut – 1 cup

Urad Dal – 1/4 cup

Channa Dal – 1/3 cup

Red Chilli – 7 (Adjust according to your taste)

Salt – as needed

Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp


• In a pan dry roast urad dal, channa dal and red chilli  till they turn golden brown. Transfer it to a plate. Dry roast the coconut till it turns golden brown color. Switch off the flame and Keep it aside. Add required salt and pinch of asofedtida

• After everything comes to room temperature grind them into coarse powder. Cool it and store in dry airtight container, and always use a dry spoon

IMG_2060My Notes:

  • Instead of fresh/Frozen coconut, dry coconut can also be used
  • If you are using katti perungayam add it while sauting dal
  • Roast dal and coconut well for the podi to stay fresh
  • Instead of using both urad and Channa dal, this can also be done with either urad dal or channa dal alone

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25 thoughts on “Thengai Podi

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  4. sindhoooo December 12, 2014 at 6:34 AM Reply

    Wow! Such a super easy recipe! Thank you Vidya 🙂 Will try for sure!

  5. tortadellafiglia December 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM Reply

    this is such a great idea Vidya! I love it!

  6. Liz December 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM Reply

    yum! Looks so nourishing 🙂

  7. platedujour December 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM Reply

    I have to say it looks not only very healthy but also really tasty 🙂

  8. apsara December 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM Reply

    I made some too, recently. I just love it!

  9. Francesca Trucco December 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM Reply

    It seems so interesting…it looks like the cous cous but I believe it is different right?

  10. apuginthekitchen December 11, 2014 at 8:02 AM Reply

    Sounds really delicious, have never heard of this before. It’s served on it’s own or added to rice dishes? Love all the ingredients.

  11. srividhya December 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM Reply

    A staple in our house.. yum

  12. Chitra Jagadish December 11, 2014 at 1:06 AM Reply

    Never tried fresh coconut in podi, sounds yummmmm dear. … love it…

  13. Subha December 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM Reply

    This is very handy Vidya..will prepare it for sure..

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