Parippupodi – Iyer style , no garlic lentil mix

parippu podi, iyer style
I like some things when I go to a restaurant. In any Andhra style restaurant.. I love to eat a bit of rice with parippupodi and a touch of ghee.  This particular combination is one which is fast moving out of my menu plan as often we tend to avoid the ghee or the oil added to it.  It’s time to revive  it as its a busy working woman’s bottle of solace.
Parippupodi is a lentil based condiment popularly served in Andhra and Tamilian cuisine. It’s a quick one to serve with rice and a good side of vegetable kootu ( Check celery kootu)  to make a brilliant combo. It’s stays well for a few months when made and stored. So is a quick fix for busy days without sacrificing  on health or flavor.
How to use?
For serving  usually this dry powder is served with a bit of ghee or sesame oil.  On a ladle-full of steaming hot rice sprinkle a tsp  or  more of the powder followed by a liberal amount of the ghee or sesame oil. Mix it up and when you have it warm, it is so yummy. This is a quick fix for a lunch box too especially if you have left over rice. The best combinations along with it are a thick Kootu, stirfried veggies, stuffed eggplants or simple deep fried ‘ applam.’
The restaurant style Andhra parippupodi, I like with ghee and it does have garlic added in it and the one my mother makes I have with sesame oil.  Her version has no garlic in it and tends to stay longer.
savory lentil protien mix
My mother’s  parippupodi recipe was my savior during my hostel days. With the rice from the hostel canteen,  this was easy and fuss free.  We don’t have to worry about it going bad. Sprinkle it on the veggies or the tasteless curries..instant transformation for those meals.
Today sharing the “iyer style no garlic parippupodi” recipe today. I use this recipe not only to mix up a lunch box version of quick rice , but also to add a bit of protein and kick to my bland ootappam or stir fry like okra , sprinkle on the yogurt or even serve with a bit of  venpongal. to an added effect try between the layers of grilled cheese sandwich.. it my favorite. If you like these combos.. Don’t forget to ping me. if you have more options do send in I will love to try too.

Here is another idea

Toss in some diced and boiled potatoes, add in some mustard curry leaf tempering and a delicious earthy poato salad side ready for a super busy day.
Do keep a stock of this magical old recipe to kick start your week and shoo away the Monday lunchbox woes. Dont miss these tricks and tips, Keep at @mildlyindian. Wishing you all a fabulous week.
parippu podi, iyer style

Parripu podi

Savory lentil mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Preserves
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, One pot, South indian, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 10
Calories 25 kcal


  • 1/2 cup split pigeon pea tur dal / tuvaram parippu
  • 5 - 7 dry red chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • salt to taste


  • In a heavy bottom wok,dry roast dal till it turns golden brown in color.   Don't leave at this step . If it burns the powder is of no use.
  • Remove and let it cool on a plate. Place the black pepper on the dal so it can warm.
  • Dry roast the red chillies separately.    
  • Grind everything together to a powder along with salt.
  • Store it in an air tight container.


Store in an airtight container, use a clean dry spoon each time of use. the shelf life is round an month or two.
If making larger quantities store in the freezer. It stays fresh.


Serving: 5gCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.004gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2g
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Lovely share !

5 years ago

Love this…just today I was talking to make idli podi …and this is new and different to me….need to give a try

geetha priyanka
5 years ago

Sounds delicious and easy to prepare with few ingredients. Your way of writing is amazing…

5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe. I like podis and I agree they add such a nice layer of flavor to so many dishes!

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

This is something new to me never tried it before the way you have explained it is interesting have to try this soon thanks for the lovely share.

5 years ago

Need to make some dry chutney for us. This sounds like a delicious change from regular chutney. Thanks.

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

You have told so many uses of this powder. It is like ‘Jaddu ki Pudia’. The best part is it doesn’t involve a long list of ingredients….must try it.

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Just love these sort of simple and easy spice powder, i mix this podi with rice topped with some ghee, my comforting food.

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

Yummy!! Sounds so delicious with some rice and ghee!! Awesome share!

5 years ago

This is such a versatile condiment indeed! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

A simple spice powder but packed with so much flavor. You got me at the ‘another idea’ part. With potatoes it looks so tempting.

5 years ago

I love a various type of south Indian lentil podis, I’ve never seen or heard about this one. Sounds interesting.

5 years ago

I love paruppu podi…ii’s so handy to make many yummy dishes..Thank you for sharing the ideas to use it too

5 years ago

Really mom’s recipes are great these days. In old days they know how to bring taste with less. Great share must say. I too keep looking for mom’s tried n tested experiments.

5 years ago

Indeed a lovely share… such an awesome podi to be used in many other dishes

5 years ago

Fantastic share Seema.Mom’s receipes are always a keeper.

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