This chutney powder is a staple in most of the homes in south india especially the states where the people enjoy fresh idly and dosa for breakfast or dinner. For those who are unfamiliar with the terms idly/dosa – these are indian pancakes made by grinding rice + urad dhal(a type of lentil upon grinding is mixed with rice flour), fermented overnight and can be cooked as pancakes (dosa) or steam cooked.
To go with the rice pancakes, you can either make a wet fresh chutney or quickly mix up this spice powder with a tablespoon of oil or ghee and this is your instant chutney. I used to buy this powder, but not anymore.
you will need:
1) 3/4 cup of channa dal
2) 1 cup of urad dal (slow roasted for 10 mins)
3) 12 – 15 red chillies dry
4) 1 tsp of hing (asafetida)
5) 1/4 cup of sesame seeds slow roasted for 4 mins
6) kosher salt to taste
* Slow roast the #1 and #2 for 10 – 12 mins separately – this is very important, else, just the outside will cook and the inside of the lentil will remain raw, which will give a raw taste to the powder upon grinding. Keep it aside
* Slow roast the chillies, set aside (approximately 3 mins)
* Slow roast items #4 and #5, set aside
* Let it all cool for 30 mins, and grind to a coarse powder and add salt to taste
* Let it cool on a wide plate for an hour and store in a bottled container or in a Ziploc bag and you can freeze up to 3-6 months