Thengai podi or coconut podi, is a rice mix powder made with lentils and coconut. Serve this podi with steaming hot rice for a comfort meal.
Every year, when i return from vacation, there is a standard list of things you will find in my luggage. Top of the list is navarathri return gifts and new dolls for navarathri . Apart from these, 2 set of podi’s are a must, one is thengai podi and other is paruppu podi.
This Spicy Coconut powder is my mothers specialty. She makes it during the last week of my travel, so it stays fresh when i return back to sharjah. The day i land here, i throw the podi’s in the freezer, so it stays fresh for me longer.
i love dry podi’s. They come handy on days you don’t feel like cooking, but want only home-cooked meal. Just make a pot of steaming hot rice, with some gingely oil and thengai podi mixed, your meal is sorted.
This year, i made a video of the recipe, so it will be handy for my channel too. So, here is the recipe of Spicy coconut podi, my amma style.
Here is the video of Thengai podi recipe
Thengai Podi/Coconut Spice Powder
- Fry pan/Kadai for roasting
- Indian Mixie for grinding into powder
- Coconut meat from one full coconut, freshly grated
- 1 cup chana dal/gram dal/Kadalai paruppu
- 1.5 cups urad dal/black gram dal/Uluntham paruppuu
- 15 nos red chilies if you want it more spicy add ¾ more chilies
- a marble sized tamarind
- handful of curry leaves
- ½ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
- 2-3 teaspoon salt or as needed
- Keep all the ingredients ready on the table. First dry roast both the dals individually.
- Dry roast the chilies in the heat of the pan, or else they might burn. So, take care while roasting chilies.
- Transfer all the roasted ingredients to another clean plate.
- In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of oil and add the freshly grated coconut and roast it until the moisture evaporates and the coconut becomes a bit dry.
- Finally roast the curry leaves until dry.
- Transfer the roasted coconut and the curry leaves to the same plate as rest of the ingredients to this now add asafoetida/hing, salt and tamarind.
- Let these roasted ingredients cool down well.
- Now in a mixer jar , take all the contents except the coconut and grind it to a coarse powder.Transfer this coarse powder to a flat plate.
- Now take equal amounts of coconut and ground coarse dal mix in the mixer and grind again for the dal and coconut to mix well.
- Take care not to grind continuously. Grind it in pulse motion, 4-5 pulses, remember the dal is already ground coarsely.
- Do this in batches, for the above said amount we did it 3 batches in the medium mixer jar of preeti mixie.
- Once done, transfer the podi to another clean vessel and give it a good mix.Let it sit and cool well. Transfer the thengai podi to air-tight container and enjoy it with steaming hot rice.
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
If you are looking for more dry podi recipes like this i have quite a few in my blog
Walnut Paruppu podi, a nutty and spicy rice mix powder
Horsegram and walnut spice powder, a tangy and nutty rice mix powder
Bless My Food by PAYAL
Who doesn't like such readily available food but you are not in a mood to cook. Good to learn about this saviour recipe.
My Culinary Journey
The very handy thengai podi is such a saviour. Loved reading your post about Mother's love and her gifts when you go back after spending time at Maayka.
Beautiful podi recipe.
Ruchi's Veg Kitchen
Wow amazing recipe. Loved the video. Podi sounds so delicious and flavourful. Never tried this podi, will make soon for sure. Thanks for such detailed recipe…
Great recipe. Though I am from North India and grew up in North India, podi with steamed rice and ghee is one of my comfort foods. I can have it daily without getting bored. This proves that good food has no boundaries. Your photographs look so tempting.
That is a delicious podi with coconut. Never tried making it with fresh coconut. Loved the video – tempted to give this recipe a try soon.
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I absolutely loved watching your Amma’s video. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Priya. I am crazy about podis of all kinds and this looks superb!
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Wow!!! I am loving the newer look. The podi video is amazing. I definitely need to try making it. Thanks for the video I do realize that I watched it n hardly read.
Priya, so good to see amma making the thengai podi. My mother does not add tamarind. I must try adding some next time. This is such a must to have in hand for those busy days when we have no time to cook.
Priya, I’ve not tasted this podi as yet but would love to. Love coconut so I’m sure I’ll love this podi. Wonderful, how sporty your mum is to be featured in the video. I realized that I may be over roasting the dals when I make other podis.
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Oh my! such a flavorsome podi recipe. As you said, it certainly would be a heavily combination with some plain rice, a pure epicurean bliss I must say. Thanks for such a wonderful share!
I just love podi..and this coconut podi is my favorite one hands down. Will try this recipe soon.
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I love this kind of podi’s. My mother- in law who usually make all these kinds of recipes. Your recipe looks awesome!
Podi is one of the essentials in any South Indian home. I always have it, loved your version. It tastes good with upma, dosa too.
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We are yet to make or taste any kind of podi at home, your recipe quite simple and easy to follow for a cook like me. Sounds so delicious.
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I just love how vibrant this Thengai Podi/Coconut Spice Powder
looks, I can only imagine how much flavor it gives to the rice. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!
Ooh, how interesting. I’ve not heard of coconut podi, but it sounds such a good idea. And how lovely to have your mother make some for you to take home with you. I’m going to try this.
Moms are the best. So glad you have something to bring back that you enjoy so much. I’ve never had this before. Would love to try it sometime!
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