Pappula Podi | Putnala Podi | Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

Pappula Podi | Putnala Podi | Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe
Pappulu, putnala, puttukadalai, dalia or bhuna chana dal with other so many names whatever we may call it it's one of essential ingredient in South Indian Cooking though we don't much focus, in North India we get warm roasted gram or bhuna chana as a snack or sometime make it as chat and relish it as such we don't it in recipes much. Split roasted gram comes from black gram dal after a long process of soaking and roasting the dal to remove the husk and crispy.

It's a very fascinating process I still see this whenever I am in-law place when we go to buy fresh roasted gram.There are some wonderful recipes with split roasted gram or dalia and this Pappula Podi from Andhra is one such recipe also known as gun powder. 

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

Mildly sweet, spicy, tangy it has hints of all taste making it delicious and what I like about this podi is we can eat it with rice along with a dollop of ghee or oil, serve with idli-dosa, upma or spread over dosa so you see it's one podi with multiple use.  My version of puttukadalai podi is here and this recipe Prathibha gave me while we were chatting one day and it's called Pappindi in her community.

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

I normally end up eating it with steamed rice and ghee or sometime have it with dosa or idli, there is also few variations which I listed below in notes do read that and enjoy this easy and tasty pappula podi with just anything of your choice.

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

Pappula(Putnala) Podi | Pottukadalai Podi

Author: | Category: Beverage | Cuisine: Andhra - South Indian
Prep Time: | Cook Time: | Total Time:
Yields: 3/4 Cup


Split Roasted Gram/Pappulu/Bhuna Chana Dal - 1/2 Cups
Dry Red Chili/Sukhi Lal Mirch - 5-6
Garlic/Lehsun - 2-3
Grated Dry Coconut/Khopra - 3 tbsp
Tamarind/Imli - Peas Size
Jaggery/Gura (Gud) - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To Taste

For Tempering
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida/Hing - A Pinch
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dried Curry Leaves - Few (optional)


1. In a pan or wok heat oil and roast dry red chilli until golden brown, remove from pan and allow to cool.
2. Grind sauted red chilli, salt, grated coconut first into fine powder. 

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

3. Now add split roasted gram (p
appulu), peeled garlic, tamarind, jaggery and grind to find powder, transfer into a bowl.
Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe

4. Heat a small pan or tadka pan and melt ghee add hing, mustard seeds and dried curry leaves and allow mustard seeds to splutter. Pour prepared tempering over prepared powder and mix well.

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe
Our Pappula/Putnala Podi is ready have it with rice, idli-dosa or any tiffin item.

Pappula Putnala Pottukadalai Podi Recipe


  • You can skip garlic if you don't eat it
  • Add 1 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera) while roasting chili for more flavor.
  • You can add 1/4 cup of coconut it's add good taste.
  • To dry curry leaves either roast it in a pan or microwave for 2-3 minutes.
    Have a nice day.
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