Nov 15, 2011

Tavana Podi / Roasted Coconut & Spice Powder – Combo for Dosa, Idli and Curd Rice

This reminds me about my grandma who used to make this for us..She used to have this with idlis and dosa too, but my favorite is with curd rice..

This is one of the instant powders which we usually have it at home and it is a must in our pantry..So I definitely want this recipe in my blog too..

So hope you like it and off you go to the step by step recipe with pictures..


Coconut-1 cup grated
Coriander seeds / Malli -5 tblspn
Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu / Split Pigeon Peas -3 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli-6
Garlic -10 cloves
Tamarind-1 small lime size
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tblspn


Heat 1 tsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan..Add in toor dal and fry till golden.Remove and set aside.

Heat 1 tsp of oil and add in coriander seeds..Fry till golden.Remove and set aside.

Now fry dry chillies in the kadai till golden.Remove and set aside.

Now add 1 tsp of oil and add in coconut and fry till it turns dark golden..Remove this and put it in a separate bowl.

Allow everything to cool down.

Take the fried chillies, coriander seeds and toor dal in a blender and make in to a powder.

Now add in garlic, tamarind, curry leaves and salt and powder it again.

Now add in fried coconut and make into a fine powder.

Let this cool down..Store this in air tight container.

Enjoy this with curd rice or dosa.

You can store this air tight container for upto 1 month..If you are storing it in refrigerator it last upto 6 months..

Take all your ingrediants
Roast Toor dal in a tiny bit of oil
roast till golden
remove in a bowl
now roast coriander seeds
roast till golden
remove this in the same bowl
now roast dry red chilli
fry till golden
remove this in the same bowl
now start roasting coconut
can you see the coconut turn light golden
now its turning little darker
now it is completely golden and dark
remove this in a separate bowl
take the roasted spices in a blender
and powder it...Now add in curry leaves, tamarind, garlic and salt.
powder it
add in the fried coconut
and make into fine powder
remove this in a bowl and allow to cool down
you can form into balls like my grandma does..
and keep it in a air tight container
Done done..
Look at that
I want some curd rice with this
Looks awesome right
You don't need to form balls...Just store in a container as it is..


  1. Very nice recipe and looks so yum you say would be great with curd rice, dosa n idli and I can think so many ways to eat these ;) ..lovely pics

  2. I love all the spices you used. So flavourful and delicious.

  3. I am fascinated by your recipes and ingredients. However, I have nowhere to get many of the ingredients. I hope to find a place (I relocated to Washington, DC several months ago) to get them. In the meantime I'll still be following you.

  4. Nice........thanks for the detailed recipe........

  5. HI Aarthi,

    I would like to share an award with you . Please collect it at my space.

  6. That sounds like SUCH a fabulous combination. So much flavor.

  7. I would love this with some curd rice...looks delicious!

  8. Podi looks tempting,we do make similar podi call it as thengai paruppu podi.

  9. this is my fav ...thavana podi.... :)
    Thanks for the recipe:)

  10. Super flavourful podi,quite a must in everyone's pantry..

  11. This looks yummy. The ingredients sound wonderful however, I'm not familiar with Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu. What type of flavor does that have?

  12. What a great recipe. Love the flavors!

  13. Oh, I love recipes that remind me of family! Thanks for sharing one of yours with us all :)

  14. Wow - what an amazing spice/flavor combination! I LOVE your pan, too!

  15. I prepare them the same way u do Arati..would be great with fav combination with podi

  16. A very interesting and flavorful spice powder

  17. hi arthi, this sure looks bew to me.. but the roasted coconut is also popularly used by us over here.
    looks tasty from your photos-

  18. My parents are going to love this. Inviting pics & a lovely recipe!


  19. i love the step by step pictures.. and i am always looking for a good podi recipe! thanks for posting.. i can smell those roasted spices!..

  20. hi is tis tavana podi is used only for curd rice , idly ,dosa?. in wat other dishes shal v use tis ? for ex: sambar,kurma, tempering for some poriyal dishes ?


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