Kothamalli podi (coriander powder)


  1. Coriander (kothamalli) - 1 cup
  2. Bengal gram (Kadalai paruppu) - 1/2 cup
  3. Urid dhal (ulutham paruppu) - 1/2 cup
  4. Red chilly - 1/2 cup
  5. Asafoetida (perungaayam) - 1/4 teaspoon
  6. Tamarind (puli) - size of a lemon
  7. Gingely oil (nallennai)-1/2 teaspoon
  8. Salt - for taste

  1. Wash the coriander leaves, dry them in fan and cut them for 1 cup.
  2. Split the tamarind into small pieces and heat them in a dry pan until it gets heated.
  3. Roast the bengal gram, Urid dhal, red chilly, asafoetida and gingely oil in a separate pan till they turn golden brown.
  4. Mix the roasted chilly, salt and tamarind and grind them in mixer grinder for 1/2 minute
  5. Add coriander to this mix and again grind for 1/2 minute
  6. Add the remaining ingredients to this mix and grind them for 1/2 minute


  1. This powder won't last long outside the refrigerator, I think, because of fresh coriander.

  2. The tamarind doesn't get mixed properly in a mixer. Is there any alternate way?

  3. When you grind the tamarind just pulse it a bit before actually grinding. Then it will mix well.