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Homemade Chilli Powder  

                    As I mentioned earlier, some podi can be added as an extra / main ingredient, to enhance the taste of the dish. One among this category is Chilli Powder. Chilli powder is powder made from dried red chillies. I always prefer homemade podi for my cooking. The procedure and proportion of the spices and lentils differ from each household.

 Chili powder blends are composed chiefly of chili peppers and blended with other spices including cumin, fenugreek seeds and few others. I use this chilli powder to prepare sambar and kara kuzhambu varieties.


Net wt. : 1 kg

Recipe Category : Powder

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian

Author : Anuja Deenadayalan



  •   1 kg round dry red chillies

  •  1 ½ kg coriander seeds

  •  100 gm  turmeric stick

  •  100 gm of fenugreek seeds

  • 150 gm of pepper

  • 100 gm cumin seeds

  • 1 handful of Curry leaves

  • 1 teaspoon of asafoetida powder 



  1. Wash the curry leaves and pat dry them.

  2. Dry roast fenugreek seeds, pepper and cumin seeds. 

  3. Except the above, all other items have to be dried well in sunlight.

  4. Add the asafoetida powder and grind everything together. 


       Spicy and healthy homemade Chilli Powder is ready!    


 Tips / variations: 

  • Adding 25 gm poppy seeds and 50 gm dry ginger (Sukku) will enhance the flavour and taste.    

  • If the chilli powder is used for preparing non vegetarian dishes, the proportion of the ingredients is: 

                   1 kg round dry red chillies

                  1 kg coriander seeds
                100 gm turmeric stick

                 100 gm of fenugreek seeds

                100 gm fennel seeds

               50 gm of asafoetida powder

               1 handful of Curry leaves 


Shelf Life: 

  • It can be stored for 6 to 8 months in an airtight container.

  • The more exposure of sunlight  increases its shelf life.


Nutrients value: 

  • Chili powder can help to maintain a healthy blood pressure. 

  • Chili powder helps to support the digestive system. 

  • It can also assist in red blood cell formation. 


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