Paruppu Podi / How to make Paruppu Podi / Lentil Powder


                Lentil Powder are also called Paruppu Podi in tamil. Paruppu podi is a blend of spices and lentils, with full of fresh flavors and aroma. I always prefer homemade podi than store bought podi, as they are preservative free and less spicy and no adulterants added. They are very simple to make instant mix powder and can be done in less than 15 mins.This is my mom’s recipe. My mom always prepares them in large quantities, but I always prepare them in small quantities as just for me and my husband. This is my husband’s fav podi too and he always starts his lunch with this podi, rice and ghee. Try this healthy, protein rich powder with rice and let me know your feedback.


          1 Cup of Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu

          1/4 Cup of Roasted Bengal Gram / Pottukadalai
          6 Red Chillies
          1 Tsp of Black Pepper
          1 Tsp of Cumin
          10 Curry Leaves
          1/4 Tsp of Asafoetida
          1/4 Tsp of Gingelly Oil(Indian Sesame Oil)
          Salt to Taste


  • Heat oil in a pan, roast all the ingredients except roasted bengal gram and salt, till they turn golden brown color and aroma arises. Once it done, turn off the flame.
  • Let it cool down for 5-10 mins.
  • In a blender (Mixie), grind all the roasted ingredients, roasted bengal gram and salt to a fine powder. Store it in an airtight container.
  • Serve it with hot white rice and ghee or gingelly oil and sutta appalam on side. Also it tastes great with any kootu.


  • Roast the ingredients in medium low flame and stir constantly , to avoid burning.
  • Always store it in an airtight container, otherwise it loses all the flavors and aroma.
  • Adjust the amount of red chillies according to your taste.
  • If you are not sure about salt measurement, just add a tsp of salt and grind it, if you think it is less, then add it to the rice while mixing.

         Health Benefits of Lentil Powder / Paruppu Podi

    • Lentils are high in fiber and protein, and low in fat. Eating lentils that are rich in soluble dietary fiber can help decrease high cholesterol 
    • A dish of  rice with toor dal powder gives carbohydrates, protein, fiber and fats to get a healthy, balanced meal. The rice provides carbohydrates for quick-release energy and toor dal gives protein.
    • Toor dal is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling.
    • Toor dal contains folic acid, good for women health.

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    1. Navaneetham Krishnan says:

      I love it so much. I grew up eating plenty of the podi but completely forgot until now.

      Its a lovely with rice and thanks for reminding me of such recipes which I am fully charged up to try.

    2. swapna says:

      My mom suggested to add garlic with these ingredients. But i doubt on the taste! Suggest me, is it right to add garlic in paruppu podi?

    3. Gayathri Ramanan says:

      Thanks for all your comments…@swapna…adding garlic is optional..because garlic has moisture in it so it reduces the shelf life of the podi…If you want to add garlic to your podi,make it in small quantities…

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