November 3, 2016

Kaarapodi Recipe in Andhra Style

Winter started !! and ofcourse, everybody loves the winter season for the chilled outdoor events and hot hot foods. In this chilled winter, having hot hot delicious homemade foods always healthy. I always encourage the warmth of eating in winter and enjoy the savory smells of a kitchen by making and enjoying spicy foods. As already discussed, Andhra cuisine is famous for pickles and podis(Powders). There are many varietis of powders(podis) in Andhra cuisine like Kaarapodi, kandi podi, kobbari podi, vellulli karam, nuvvula podi etc. Each powder different in terms of look, texture and flavour but unique in taste.


Yesterday I made a spicy, tangy Kaarapodi made with curry leaves, dals and tamarind. Simple to make and store. This Kaarapodi goes well with hot steamed rice and a dollop of ghee. Especially when you suffering with cold, cough and fever, just try this kaarapodi with hot steamed rice and spoon full ghee!! you feel amazing !! Let us check the recipe now....
Ingredients :
Curry leaves          - 12 springs
Coriander seeds    - 75 gms
Dried Red chilies   -  12 -15 (can adjust according to your spice levels)
Chana dal              -  4tbsp
Urad dal                 –   4tbsp
Black Pepper seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds            -1 tbs
Tamarind                  -1 lemon size
Oil                             -1 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste 


Preparation :

  • Wash the curry leaves, spread them on a kitchen towel and allow it to dry for some time. Let the moisture dry up completely.
  • Heat a pan with 1 table spoon oil,add red chillies and roast them till they turn little brown and crispy. Remove from pan to a plate and allow it to cool
  • To the same pan add chana dal, urad dal separately. Let them roast until nice aroma comes.Take care in roasting dals, dals should not burnt to ensure perfect taste for this spice chilli powder. Remove fried dals from pan once they turn golden colour.
  • Add 1/2 table spoon oil to the pan, add coriander seeds and fry till they turn brown.
  • Add cumin seeds to the same pan and fry for few seconds until they turn brown. Remove from the pan, shift to a steel plate and let it cool for sometime.
  • In the remaining oil, fry curryleaves till they become dry and crispy.
  • Finally add tamarind and switch off the flame.
  • Cool down all the ingredients.
  • Now grind fried urad dal, chana dal, red chillies, coriander seeds and cumin seeds by adding one by one and make a coarse powder.
  • Finally add fried curry leaves, salt and tamarind and grind again to make a coarse powder.Taste the powder for salt, if needed add salt.
  • Store in a air tight container
Spicy and Tangy Kaarapodi is ready to serve!! Serve it with hot steamed white rice and a spoon full ghee.Hope you all enjoyed my Kaarapodi recipe, please leave your feed back and suggestions about my recipe and my blog here. Will meet you all with another interesting recipe, till then bbbye:) 



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Hi everyone !! My name is Nagasri. I am from Andhra but staying in Hyderabad, Telangana. I love both andhra and telangana foods. I love Cooking and eating too :).  I like to experiment different recipes.Have a look at my blog,try and enjoy!!! Don't forget to leave your valuable feedback at my blog. Other than cooking I love listening to music. Here I am sharing my experiences and experiments in cooking !!

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