Gunpowder goes so nicely with so many different things.
Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with south Indian recipes. I love making dosas and idlis and I’m really into the coconut and curry leaf flavour of so many curries. One of my favourite recipes at the moment is gunpowder.
Gunpowder or milaga podi is hugely popular in southern India. What makes this podi ‘gunpowder’ is the use of a lot of dried chillies. The spicy powder is so versatile. It can be sprinkled over dosas and it is awesome stirred into rice with a little oil or ghee. Try it as a dry dip for homemade idlis and you’ll be happy you did.
Many south indian spice masalas use the same ingredients and are stirred into curries. These are usually ground a little finer than a gunpowder.
This recipe is a simple version but I like it. You could get creative and add other popular ingredients to yours like peanuts, rice, mustard seeds, black peppercorns and/or asafoetida.
I usually roast all the ingredients together as it is much faster. For best results, roast them separately as I do in this recipe so that all of the different ingredients roast to perfection.
By the way, give it a try when you’ve ground it all up. Add a little salt to taste. This mix is addictive eaten on its own!
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- ½ teaspoon rapeseed oil (optional)
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup urad dhal
- ½ cup channa dhal
- A large handful of dried Kashmiri chillies (more or less to taste)
- 30 fresh curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- using the oil, add it to a pan over low heat. The oil isn't necessary but speeds up the dry frying. You will need to soak up the oil with paper towels before grinding!
- Dry fry the ingredients separately, as shown over low heat or all together.
- When roasted as photographed, you need to let the ingredients cool.
- Then, grind to a powder. This is not a really fine powder but it is still quite fine.
- Season with salt to taste and use as required. I'm sure that once you try it, you'll think of a lot of good and perhaps even unique uses!