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Nalla Kara Podi
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Nalla Kara Podi

Nalla Kara Podi, A popular podi variety from Andhra Cuisine. A great accompaniment for Idli, dosa and also for rice. Coriander seeds, raw garlic, tamarind gives a unique texture an flavor to this powder. This podi is best served with hot steamed rice with a spoon of ghee. It's also a perfect accompaniment for Idli.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Home made Powders / Masala
Cuisine: Andhra, Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • 1 Cup Curry Leaves 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Black Urad Dal
  • 1.5 tbsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 5 Red Chili
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Gooseberry Size Tamarind
  • Salt As Needed
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee (Clarified butter)


  • Take all required ingredients and keep it ready for frying. Curry leaves, I have dried in the sun and have it ready. If you are in abroad, then you can dry fry the curry leaves in a pan or microwave plate for a minute so that the fresh leaves loses its moisture
  • Now we are going to fry each ingredients separately one after the other. First, I have added 1/4 teaspoon of oil and roast the cumin seeds and take this to the mixer. Next, add 1/4 teaspoon of oil and the red chillies and fry for a minute in low flame and add that to the plate for cooling
  • This is followed by  black urid dal along with 1/4 teaspoon of oil. I have used black urid dal as this is traditionally used, but you can also use normal white urid dal also. Roast the urid dal till it turns slightly brown color. Take the roasted urid dal to the plate for cooling. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of oil and add channa dal and fry till the dal turns golden color.
  • Then fry the coriander seeds in the oil for couple of minutes and cool it. Next fry the tamarind in oil for a minute and add it to the plate for cooling.
  • Finally add 1/4 teaspoon of oil again and add curry leaves and fry them for a minute and take it in a separate plate. Add the dals, coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds and tamarind to the mixer. 
  • Grind the added ingredients in the mixer to a coarse powder. To that, add fried curry leaves and give a pulse
  • Finally add salt, raw garlic pod and give couple of pulse and remove the nalla kara podi from the mixer. Heat a pan with ghee and add the nalla kara podi and roast it in ghee for 2 minutes.
  • Nalla Kara Podi is now ready to serve with hot steaming rice or with Idlis



  1. Roast each ingredients separately and in low flame without burning them
  2. Wash curry leaves thoroughly and keep it in shade till dry
  3. Serve with hot rice and ghee (or) with idly and ghee


Serving: 2tsp | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g