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We tamilians are podi (powder) freaks. We podi-fy anything and everything for instant gratification and super quick cooking. Sambar podi, Rasam podi, Milagai Podi, Paruppu Podi, Thengai Podi, Karuvapillai Podi, Aingaya Podi, this podi, that podi – podi podi all around. I am not aware of any podi rhyme – but I think with so many podis around we surely must have one .

Because of this whole podi mania, we have at least two versions of any dish – one with freshly ground spices (araitha vittu) and another the regular way with our famous indispensable podis. Amma has decided to take this podi-fying business to the next level. On my recent visit to Bangalore, apart from many other things, she packed for me two containers for near instant pickling – one with a North Indian Pickle Podi that I can use to pickle anything the north indian way and another with a South Indian Pickle Podi that will give me a pickle with a south indian taste. Although there are pickles and more pickles – she choose the two most predominant styles and prepared the spice mixes accordingly.

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Makes: approx 500 gms of the powder/spice mix used for pickling

Ingredients

  • Red chillies – 2 cups (tightly packed)
  • Black Cumin (Mangrail/ Kalonji) – 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek – 4 tbsp
  • Jeera (Cumin) – 2 tbsp
  • Black Pepper Corns – 2 tbsp
  • Amchur – 8 tbsp
  • Turmeric – 2 tsp

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Ingredients – photograph does not represent actual quantities needed for recipe

Method

  1. Microwave all ingredients except turmeric together on high for a minute. Or dry them out in the sun – so they lose any external moisture that may be present.
  2. Grind all ingredients together to a powder.

Store in an air tight container. Keeps well for months. Use whenever you want to pickle anything the North Indian way.

I will be preparing a small portion of pickle using this powder tomorrow to illustrate how pickling is super simple and super easy and super rewarding! See even the making of this podi is not going to take you much time.

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North Indian Pickle Podi – for the Recipe Marathon

Fellow recipe marathoners:

DKSiriSrivalliRanjiPJCurry LeafMedhaPriyaBhawnaRaajiRuchii
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