Thursday, November 10, 2011

Menthyada hittu/ Fenugreek seeds powder

Though this powder is a tad bitter, it tastes too delicious that the bitterness goes unnoticed. This powder is made with lentils & is rich in proteins.It is considered beneficial during both pregnancy & post pregnancy. None the less, you can include it as part your daily intake too. The shelf life of this powder is 2-3 months (without refrigeration). Preparing this one is like, putting the effort one time & reaping the benefits many a times :)

I have been waiting to put up this recipe from the last year or so. I have told this recipe to a dozen of my friends & most of them have been making this powder since then. My son & hubby can happily finish their dinner/lunch with this powder, rice & ghee.

Ingredients: (For about 3 cups of powder/hittu).
Toor dal: 1 cup
Channa dal/Gram dal: 1 cup
Moong dal: 1 cup
Urad dal: 1 cup
Coriander seeds/dhaniya: 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 2 tsp
Dried red chillies: 4-5 nos(non spicy chillies like Kashmiri or byadgi chillies)
Asafoetida: a big pinch
Turmeric: A big pinch
Salt: 1/2 tsp

  • Dry roast the toor dal, channa dal, moong dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds seperately. The dals should slightly change the color & leave out the aroma. 
  • Dry roast the chillies at the end & allow the lentils/dals to cool. 
  • Once the dals are completely cooled, mix them & make a fine powder of the dals & chillies together. Use a spice blending jar to make the job easier.
  • Add turmeric, asafoetida, salt to the powder. Mix well & allow the powder to cool for an hour. 
  • Store in air tight container & enjoy whenever needed or daily!
(Serving suggestion: For a cup of cooked steaming hot rice, add a tbsp of this powder, a tsp of ghee & salt (according to your taste). Mix well & enjoy the rice)

  1. For this recipe alone, I have used a smaller cup. 1 cup holds 100 ml of water.


  1. Very nice and delicious recipe.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Very nice one ...healthy n yummy

  3. I am an ardent fan of podis I have book marked this podi too since it also looks lovely to have with plain rice and ghee.

  4. healthy powder...perfect with rice n ghee!

  5. very healthy n flavorful podi...must b gr8 wid rice

  6. Ohhhh!! I thought this was simply pisa hua methidaana (powdered fenugreek seeds) until I saw the recipe! Now I know what it's like - my family calls it 'kharampudi' or something, I don't know if that's right.

    ~ Recently started following you.. :)


  7. I simply love this with hot rice & dallop of ghee..or add curds to podi, mix and have with steamed rice...!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Healthy and protein rich powder...Looks tasty and yummy!!

  9. Very nutritious powder - its one of our family fav too! We like eating this menthyada hittu rice with some raw Onions or spring Onions!


  10. Lovely podi...sush will def try this and let u know:)

  11. Very nice podi. must have in our daily food. will surely make it :)

  12. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.I read your posts and it has improved my cooking.

  13. Made this today. It was just like how my mom makes it. Thank you.


  14. super recipe...excellent to have with rice



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