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South Indian Kalathu Podi (Kulthi Dal Powder)

Amrita Iyer
20 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 People
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ABOUT South Indian Kalathu Podi (Kulthi Dal Powder) RECIPE

Kulthi or Horse Gram is a lesser known dal in terms of cooking. In hindi it's known as Gahat, Muthira, Kulath or Kulthi. In Tamil its known as Kollu. Here is a very simple powder from Kulthi Dal mixed with other dals and chili to create a wonderful substitute for a full meal.This powder is added over plain rice and a small measure of Sesame Oil is added to enhance taste and texture.This can be had with papads, any curry or just served plain.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Kerala
  • Roasting
  • Condiments
  • Low Fat

Ingredients Serving: 30

  1. 1/2 Cup - Kulthi / Kollu / Horse Gram Dal
  2. 1/2 Cup - Tur / Arhar Dal
  3. 1/2 Cup - Yellow Mung Dal
  4. 2 tsp - Asafoetida powder
  5. 2 tbsp - Salt (approx)
  6. 3 - Dried red chilies


  1. Pick the Kulthi Dal ensuring there are no small stones. Do the same for the other dals as well.
  2. Roast the Kulthi Dal in a non stick pan (without oil) on medium heat till it turns crisp and deep red and emits its unique aroma. Take it out in a plate and then roast the other two dals as well till they turn reddish pink. Keep aside to cool.
  3. Powder all the dals one by one in a grinder to a coarse consistency. Now combine all the powdered dals.
  4. Add the roasted chilies, salt and powder again. Taste for salt here and if needed add more. Add the asafoetida. Grind one final time.
  5. Fill this delicious powder in airtight plastic or glass containers and use as required.

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Chef Rohitash
Chef Rohitash   Apr-07-2019

Awesome mouth watering

Sutha Mayuran
Sutha Mayuran   Nov-13-2017

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