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

5 from 9 votes
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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16 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.

  5. Wow Pj podi with millets is something very interesting, I haven’t ever tried podi with millets.. You are genius !! Such an amazing recipe, wonderful share for sure .. You have got some fantastic millet recipe ideas am thoroughly enjoying all your healthy recipes !!

  6. Amma always had dhania podi in the pantry and used it as a seasoning for dry vegetables and it tasted ggreat when mixed with rice. Love this very innovative twist with the millets. Such a great way to include them in our everyday cooking.

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