Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spice mix Recipe with step by step pictures

It would be a real sin if I did not post a spice mix in this series of 26 millet recipes! For those who know me, I love spice mixes and have a few varieties stocked in the pantry.How can I be without posting one in this edition!!

So I thought and thought and finally decided on making this podi / spice mix!


Dhaniya podi is a spice mix made with coriander seeds as the main ingredients. Other ingredients include some dals / lentils. This spice mix is good for digestion and can be used as a side with idli / dosa / mixed to steamed rice / added to dry curries as well.

In the variety that I made , I added millets to make it more healthy. We are using this instead of idli podi and my kids seem to love it!

Here is a collection of 20 spice mix recipes that you can try out!

Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

 

Here is how you can prepare the  Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

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Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A flavorful spice mix that os good for digestion and can also be used as a side for breakfast / with steamed rice and also to flavor dry vegetable curries.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: PJ
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Kodo millet / Varagu
  • 1/2 cup Coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup Urad dal
  • 1/4 cup Toor Dal
  • 5 numbers Red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida powder
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a pan roast the millet till fragrant. Take care not to burn it. Remove it onto a plate. Next roast coriander seeds till the color changes a bit. Transfer this too onto the plate

  2. Next roast urad dal till aromatic and transfer to a plate.In the same way roast the dal till the color changes to light brown. Transfer to the plate.

  3. Heat a little oil in the pan and roast the chilies for a few seconds. Take care to stay a little away from the pan and also switch on the exhaust. This also goes into the plate .Let the mixture cool. Transfer into a mixie jar and add asafoeida powder and salt.

  4. Grind to a powder and transfer on a plate to cool.

  5. Store in a clean, dry jar and use as needed.

Recipe Notes
  • You can use foxtail millet / barnyard millet instead of kodo millet
  • Alter the quantity of ingredients to suit your taste but so not reduce the quantity of coriander seeds. The powder should taste predominantly of coriander seeds.
  • This can be used as a side to idli and dosa[similar to milagai podi / gun powder] ,mixed with hot steamed rice drizzled with sesame oil , add it to dry curries to amp up the flavor.
  • I have used unhusked urad dal . It can be substituted with white urad dal as well.

 

Step by step method to prepare Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

In a pan roast the millet till fragrant. Take care not to burn it. Remove it onto a plate. Next roast coriander seeds till the color changes a bit. Transfer this too onto the plate

Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

Next roast urad dal till aromatic and transfer to a plate.In the same way roast the dal till the color changes to light brown. Transfer to the plate.

Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

Heat a little oil in the pan and roast the chilies for a few seconds. Take care to stay a little away from the pan and also switch on the exhaust. This also goes into the plate .Let the mixture cool. Transfer into a mixie jar and add asafoeida powder and salt.

Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

Grind to a powder and transfer on a plate to cool. Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

Store in a clean, dry jar and use as needed.

Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe

Note:

  • You can use foxtail millet / barnyard millet instead of kodo millet
  • Alter the quantity of ingredients to suit your taste but so not reduce the quantity of coriander seeds. The powder should taste predominantly of coriander seeds.
  • I have used unhusked urad dal . It can be substituted with white urad dal as well.
  • This can be used as a side to idli and dosa[similar to milagai podi / gun powder] ,mixed with hot steamed rice drizzled with sesame oil , add it to dry curries to amp up the flavor.

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10 thoughts on “Varagu Dhaniya Podi | Millet Coriander Seeds Spicemix Recipe”

  1. PJ you sure have a treasure of millet recipes ! Seriously I couldn’t have ever thought of this podi ! Kudos to your innovation , and now I am waiting for you to parcel me some of this . Lol.

  2. Wow, incredible dhaniya podi, and the addition of varagu sounds simply fabulous. What a creative spice powder. Can have this podi with some rice and ghee. SImply fabulous.

  3. I love these kind of condiments which go well with both idli/dosa as well as with rice. My neighbourhood store has started stocking milets on demand – I have bookmarked several from ur series alogn with this to try 🙂

  4. Wow, spice powder with millets — that is such a genius idea PJ. Makes it so nutritious and a perfect accompaniment with rice, idli, dosa or just about anything.

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