Murungai keerai podi, drumstick leaves powder for rice

Murungai keerai podi, drumstick leaves powder for rice


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Murungai keerai podi (spiced) for rice, even good to go with idli dosa. Quick video, step by step pictures.

I bought Murungai keerai podi in a restaurant shop after stopping there for breakfast. It was so good and flavourful. I knew it had some tamarind in it and was thinking I could not make it at home. Thought making powder out of drumstick leaves will be complicated. But after me telling amma I bought the podi, she gave me pure murungai keerai powder she made herself at home.

Later I never tried it to make podi as I used it for regular dishes I make – sambar, kootu, adai. Even poriyal makes rare appearance. This time though I bought for making adai, I had some left, so was determined to make podi as my stock of all podi was also over. I made it adapting from my curry leaves rice recipe powder part.

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How to dry drumstick leaves?

This is great to preserve the leaves as dry powder. Just clean and spread over a clean kitchen towel or a tray. It should be in a single layer. Cover it with cloth and dry under sun for 3 days. You can dry indoors too as such.
Also leaving it in fridge too lets it dry as it dehydrates the leaves.
Later just use in this recipe.

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The greenish colour comes only if the drumstick leaves are ground fine. Initially it might not look green while grinding, but as you powder, it turns green.

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Murungai keerai podi (spiced) for rice,

Murungai keerai podi (spiced) for rice, even good to go with idli dosa. Quick video, step by step pictures.

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Cup measurements

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cup to 2 cups Drumstick leaves
  • 2 tbsp Chana dal
  • 2 tbsp Urad dal
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 6 Red chillies
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt as needed

Instructions

  • First clean the drumstick leaves. Take out any insect bit leaves or yellow leaves.

  • Work in small bunches in batches than taking out each and every stalk. This will fasten the process.

  • Do it fast to separate the leaves and later you can hand pick any stalks fallen along.

  • Wash the leaves, drain water, spread over kitchen towel as single layer. Pat dry excess water.

  • Leave it as such for couple of hours to get rid of excess moisture.

  • Gather other ingredients needed.

  • Heat a pan with oil, Add red chillies, asafoetida, chana dal, urad dal, coriander leaves and black pepper.

  • Roast until the dals start to turn golden. Now add cumin seeds.

  • Just give it a roast without burning it. Remove in a plate for cooling.

  • Add drumstick leaves in a sprinkled manner. Wait for some 30 seconds.

  • Stir slightly without gathering it together. This is to make sure the leaves not getting burn. So slightly stir.

  • Again let it be in low or medium flame until it is dry without moisture. It should be crisp and light.

  • Powder everything together with salt. You can choose to powder salt red chilli, asafoetida and drumstick leaves first to a very fine powder.Then add rest of the ingredients. This way you will bring out the best greenish colour of podi.

Notes

  • You can choose to powder salt red chilli, asafoetida and drumstick leaves first to a very fine powder.Then add rest of the ingredients. This way you will bring out the best greenish colour of podi.

Murungai keerai podi Method:

Store in airtight containers and used withing 15 days. Can double shelf life if stored in fridge. Enjoy by mixing it with steamed rice, a generous drizzle of ghee or sesame oil. Tastes great with idli too.

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