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Wednesday 9 December 2020


 Molagapodi or south Indian Gun Powder as it is referred to is an everyday accompaniment in every southindian household. It also goes by the name Idli Podi or Dosai Molagapodi.

In my house we make this powder every other week. In this recipe I am adding coconut to the gun powder/ molagapodi and this gives a very nice flavour and texture to the powder.

Usually making Thengai Molagapodi is a ritual for me after the Navarathri celebrations, as a lot of coconuts get accumulated at home, owing to visits to friends and family for accepting the Vethalai Paaku or Haldi Kumkum. So many coconuts cannot be consumed at a time, but ofcourse grating them and storing in the freezer is an option, but I prefer making the Thengai Molagapodi instead as then I don't have to make a chutney everyday 😃.

The procedure of making it is very simple. Therefore I am giving the stepwise recipe directly.

While you are here please check out my other Podi and sauce  recipes like Rasam Powder, Sambar Powder, Karuvepilai Podi/ Curry leaves powder, Homemade Schezwan Sauce, Homemade Pesto and more...

Here is the recipe  

  PREP TIME: 15 MINS                                COOK TIME:15 MINS

TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS                              COURSE:ACCOMPANIMENT 

CUISINE:INDIAN                                         QUANTITY: 500 gms Approx



Coconut 3 whole grated

Urad dal 2 cups 

Chana dal 1/2 cup

Salt as required

Asafoetida 1 tsp

Dry red chillies whole 150 gm

Oil 1 tbsp for frying the dals


1. In a Kadai/ pan heat oil. Put the Urad dal and Chana dal and start roasting on low flame . Add Asafoetida 5 mins into the roasting process.

2. Roast the dals until they turn light brown in colour. Keep the flame low while roasting and keep stirring so that the dals fry evenly. Transfer to a plate and cool.

3. Now put the dry red chillies after removing the stems and roast on low fire for a minute. Put of flame let them stand in the hot kadai for few minutes. Cool completely. 

4. Now put the grated coconut in the kadai and start roasting it. If you prefer do it in batches. The coconut should not burn or else the taste of the  powder will be ruined. Keep roasting until it turns light brown. Transfer to a plate and cool completely. Once cooled pick out any big pieces of coconut gratings you may find.

5. Now in your dry grinding jar put the dals and the chillies and grind to a fine powder. Do it in batches if you prefer. As you keep grinding keep transferring the ground powder to a big bowl. Now add the required salt and the grated coconut and start mixing with a spatula/ spoon. If you find the powder is a little coarse for you preference after mixing in the coconut, then just blitz it once again. The spicy and yummy Thengai Molagapodi is ready. Serve with Idli, Dosa, Kuzhi Paniyaaram, Rava Dosa, Adai and more. 


1. Patience while roasting the dals and the coconut will yield best results.

2. Salt and spice can be adjusted as required. The spice can be a little more as the sweetness of the coconut subdues the spice.

3. Choose coconuts that are mature and will have a thick inside. The tender ones which are light brown will not have the texture required for this recipe and you will also have to roast it for long as the moisture content will be high.

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