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Monday, February 6, 2012



Coriander leaves - 1 bunch

Tamarind - lemon size
Urad dhal - 3 tablespoons
Dry red chillies - 4 or 5

Dry coconut (kopparai) -  1/2 cup (OPTIONAL)
Salt - as per taste - (approx. 1/2 tsp.)
Hing - 1/8 tsp.
Oil - 2 tsp.


Discard the roots and wash the coriander leaves well. Dry the leaves overnight on a clean towel. Chop the leaves roughly.

In a pan, heat oil and fry chillies and urad dhal to golden brown colour. Transfer to a vessel.  In the same pan,  fry chopped coriander leaves in a spoon of oil, till it wilts and you get a nice aroma. Keep aside, 
saute the tamarind for a minute, set aside.   Now saute the dry coconut for half a minute, keep aside. Reserve some  urad dhal for tempering finally.  Blend all these in a mixie to a coarse powder. This goes well with idli, dosas, arisi upma and curd rice. Tastes good with or without  dry coconut. This can also be mixed with hot rice and ghee.

NOTE: Stays good for a week and stays for 15 days when refrigerated. 


  1. Wow,I love this with curd rice.Version I was new to me and should be tried.Thanks,Shanthi

  2. I can never have enough of kothamalli podi..it really looks very appetising.

  3. I make a similar one too.., but I fry coriander leaves too.., so without refrigeration it stays for a week or so.., when I make chutney I make your method but add water to it!, will try this way and see...

  4. Podis are most comforting and easiest to have on hand. This version is quite different and i have never had with kopra. I would love to try this one sometime soon.

  5. i luv this podi aunty. but we don't add toor dal. do u add it for aroma?? i wll try it with toor dal.

  6. The earlier version has toor dhal hema but not this.

  7. Wow I would surely love to have this podi with hoy rice and a few dollops of ghee since I am a podi fan.
    indu srinivasan

  8. wow I would love to have this podi with hot rice and ghee as I am a big podi fan

  9. wow love this podi,yummy version...

  10. Aromatic podi..yummy,will surely try this

  11. Nice and healthier version of podi !!

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  12. OMG.... lovely dish .... i'm going to try any of one version first.... you know i love the cilantro thokku... When my grand ma does that i'll keep like mehindi in hand and will eat all by myself.....

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  13. Hi, I am reading your blog regularly and it clears lot of doubts adn make the work easy too!!! A big thanks to u. I wanted an help. I wanted how to appalam- irattai appalam recipe wud be great if you can share. Kindly share becoz I needed authentic Tamilnadu appalam specifically. the one sold at the shops aren't that good!

  14. What a delicious, flavorful and healthy preparation.

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  15. Yum, yum, I would love to have a heap of this with warm rice and ghee :)

  16. mouthwatering...delicious recipe..

  17. My fav with plain rice, looks delicious.

  18. Never made podi with coriander leaves...bookmarking as coriander is my fav herb....thank u for sharing...


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