Quick n Easy Sorakaya Thokku Podi

‘Podi’ or Powder are very famous in South of India. Though we don’t make it at home I just love them. They have a nice taste, spicy, flavorful and nutritious too. Though hubby is not a big fan I occasionally make them when possible. Sonny likes them too…..So another reason for me to prepare them.

This recipe is a quick albeit a nutritious one.  The bottlegaurd i bought this time was really fresh and i wanted to prepare something easy with it. So i took that extra step of doing this as i was crazy-cooking to keep up with time. I just grabbed any nuts i reached. This came out very tasty and hubby and sonny both enjoyed it. I keep these as emergency accompaniments when i had to make dosa only for sonny.

Alter as per your liking and Enjoy it.



Preparation time : 3 min
Cooking time : 15 min
Serve With : As accompaniment for Indian breakfasts or over salads or with rice etc


What :

  • Sorakaya Thokku ( Bottleguard Peel)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Peanuts
  • 1/2 cup Hazel Nuts
  • Salt
  • Oil


How :

–       Heat a skillet on low and a tsp of oil. Add the peels to it and cook till they are almost dry. will take 7-10 minutes approx.

–       Remove the peel into a bowl and add the cumin seeds. Toast them till fragrant. Remove them into a bowl.

–       In the same pan add the peanuts and hazel nuts and roast them.

–        Once done take the peel, cumin, nuts and salt into a blender or food processor and grind till a bit chunky as shown in picture.

–         Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks, But I’m sure it wouldn’t last that long as you would go for this for every meal.



Notes :

**         If you feel its bland add chilli powder or chilli flakes for the quick version. Or go all the way to roasting whole red chillies and grinding them altogether.

**         If more finer texture is desired, then grind the peels and the rest of the ingredients separately and mix.

**         Usually in these kind of recipes nuts are not used. But I would recommend using any kind of nuts you can put your hands on as they would only increase the nutritional value.

**         Usage of this is left to your imagination. For your Indian food (breakfasts, rice, roti etc), as flavourings for soups and salads




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