Kootu Powder Recipe

Kootu PowderKotu Podi Recipe


75g/2 ½ oz (3/4 cup) grated copra or desiccated (dried flaked) coconut

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

12-14 dried red chillies

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

4 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 teaspoon asafoetida

200g /7 oz (1cup) chana dal, rinsed and drained

150g/5 oz (3/4 cup) urad dal, rinsed and drained


Stir-fry the copra or desiccated coconut in a dry frying pan (skillet) over low heat for about 2-3 minutes, or until roasted.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Heat a few drops of oil at a time in the same pan and fry each ingredient individually for 30-45 seconds, or until the chillies and spices are fragrant and the dals are golden. 

Mix all the ingredients in a mortar and pound with a pestle, or grind in a spice grinder, to make a coarse powder.

Store in an airtight container and use as required.