This is my favourite podi (powder). 'Nuvvu' is the Telugu word for 'til' or 'sesame seeds.' This powder is great eaten with rice. It also adds a lovely flavor when sprinkled into Andhra kooras (sabjis).

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
192
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

192
Original recipe yields 192 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Spread onto a baking sheet to cool.

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  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil in the skillet, again over medium-low heat. Fry the red chile peppers in the hot oil until they begin to change color, about 5 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet.

  • Use a mortar and pestle to grind the sesame seeds, chile peppers, and salt into a powder. Nuvvu podi will keep for a few months on the shelf.

Nutrition Facts

7 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 0.3g; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2016
Skip the gym today and break out your heaviest pestle and mortar folks. You gotta try this. The fragrant smell of toasty sesame seeds and the spicy peppers will have your mouth watering. It takes some effort but it is definitely worth it. Add to anything for a twist in flavor. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2016
Skip the gym today and break out your heaviest pestle and mortar folks. You gotta try this. The fragrant smell of toasty sesame seeds and the spicy peppers will have your mouth watering. It takes some effort but it is definitely worth it. Add to anything for a twist in flavor. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2020
Have been looking for this nostalgic recipe lately for quick meal prep. We used to eat nuvvu podi mixed in with hot steamed rice topped with ghee. Thank you so much for keeping it simple. Time to make some ridge gourd stir fry with nuvvu podi. Read More