Gunpowder Spice (Milagai Podi)

Gunpowder Spice (Milagai Podi)

Gunpowder Spice (Milagai Podi)

Prep Time
5 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Ingredients
12
Servings
48
Its official name is Milagai Podi, which translates to chili powder. However, “Gunpowder” is the name most commonly used by South Indian food fans. It’s a dry condiment made from roasted dal (lentils), sesame seeds, chilies, cumin, coriander, and other spices. Grind it smoothly and vary the amount of chillies to take this blend from medium to spicy heat levels. Use it to season steamed rice and roasted or grilled vegetables. Sprinkle on chicken, fish, shrimp or paneer both before and after cooking for an adventure your taste buds won’t forget. Makes about 48 (1 teaspoon) servings
Ingredients
Key Products
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£ 1.98/unit,43g
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£ 1.98/unit,29g
Yellow Mustard Seeds

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£ 1.98/unit,48g
Cinnamon Ground

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£ 1.69/unit,32g
Ground Cumin

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£ 1.69/unit,28g
Ground Coriander

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£ 1.69/unit,24g
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£ 2.83/unit,26g
Turmeric Powder

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£ 1.73/unit,37g
Cooking tip
  1. Use Gunpowder Spice (Milagai Podi) in our recipe for…Grilled Swordfish Skewers
  2. Milagai Podi literally translates to ‘chili powder’ in Tamil, but the seasoning is more complex. Milagai Podi, often referred to as Gunpowder Spice, is a mixture of dal (lentils), seeds and spices traditionally found in South Indian cuisine.  The blend can vary in heat level, based on the number and types of chillies used.  It is typically used to season idlis and dosas in Indian cuisine.
  3. Dal is both an Indian dish and cooking ingredient. It refers to dried and split beans, peas or lentils and is a staple ingredient in South Asian cuisine. As a dish, Dal refers to various soups, stews and pureed side dishes made with the split legumes. Various types of dal such as chana dal, toor dal, or black dal can be found in the international or Indian sections at most major grocery stores, as well as natural food stores and online retailers.

Instructions

  • 1 Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add chana dal, Sesame Seed, Crushed Chillies and Mustard Seed. Cook, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from heat, stir in remaining spices and Salt. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • 2 Carefully transfer seasoning mixture to a coffee grinder. Process until finely ground. Spread mixture on a large plate and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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