Having a problem with bland foods in hostels? Running late for office? An Indian in foreign who is missing Indian food? Do you want something which tastes good with any meal- Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Then do not worry at all. These powders are there for your rescue. Whenever we think of powders, masalas strike our minds. The Indian cuisine is much diverse than you can ever imagine! It consists of many other powders apart from those which are raw ingredients of other delicacies. These are some of the powders (or podulu) shared by my grandmother. You would relish them too. It is inevitable.
1Karivepaku Podi/Curry Leaves
Adding some curry leaves to your curry will make every family member waiting for the feast. Such is its influence and aroma. There are so many merits of consuming curry leaves. It enhances hair growth, purifies your blood, and also keeps your skin glowing. It is the best choice if you are facing troubles with hair loss too.
2Chintaaku Iguru Karam Podi/Tamarind Leaves Powder
This tangy powder of tamarind is best for basic breakfasts of India like Idly and Dosa. It is delicious when it is mixed with ghee and eaten with rice. It has ample health benefits that make it worth trying.
3Ulava Karam Podi/Horse Gram Powder
A south Indian function in India is incomplete without Ulavacharu. It is a delicious recipe that is savoured by many people in India. The same with Ulava Karam Podi. Do you know that it has a unique ability to reduce weight at the same time provide energy? It is also great for those who are undernourished. Give this a try!
4Nuvvula Karam Podi/Ellu Podi/Sesame Powder
These days many people are choosing vegetarianism. Some are not being able to eat because of their commitments, and some due to time constraints. Whatever the reason is, to compensate for the protein intake, this powder is the best choice.
5Palli Karam Podi/Peanut Powder
Is that someone who goes nuts on peanuts on the other side? Then you must try this powder. It helps in lowering cholesterol levels. It also helps in fighting stomach cancer. This healthy powder is a great time saver too!
6Kobbari Karam Podi/Coconut Powder
Coconut adds an extraordinary taste to any dish in which it is added. Apart from its taste, it is tremendously healthy due to its rich fibre content. Thus it is impressively good for digestion. It promotes improvisation of immunity, gives an energy boost when you are having a dull day.
7Pudina Karam Podi/Mint Spicy Powder
This summer, beat the heat with Mint! It is one of the ancient herbs known to mankind. It is known to improve gut health without increasing body heat. When you go summer shopping, do not forget this one! It can be eaten as a pudina bath with rice and ghee. It can also be a good alternative for pickles for breakfasts. Gives you health along with time as wealth!
8Avise Ginjjala Karam Podi/Flax Seeds Powder
Flax seeds powder is the best for any meal of the day. Especially south Indian breakfasts like Idly or Dosa. It keeps your heart healthy, which means you can reduce your risk of getting a heart attack by consuming it. It also helps in fighting many diseases like diabetes and some types of cancer. So if you fall ill often, then try this powder.
9Kottimeera Karam Podi/Coriander Powder
Another popular powder in demand is coriander powder or kottimeera podi. Coriander brings flavour when it is garnished on curries or chats. Coriander is even tastier when it is ground as powders. This flavoursome leaf, when ground with other spices, gives it a mouth-watering taste.
10Kandhi Karam Podi/Spicy Dalia Powder
Some dishes are tasty but not healthy. Some are healthy, but they do not taste yummy and do not please the tummy. But this special powder is both healthy and tasty. Just give this powder a shot if you are one among the health-freak foodie.
11Kakarakaya Karam Podi/Bitter Gourd Powder
In my opinion, except for Gian (ft Doraemon), every school-going child hates karela. Due to its health benefits, even when elders try to feed them, they make a fuss. For those kids, just try to make bitter gourd rice with this kakarakaya podi/ karela powder/ bitter gourd powder. Add some ghee and this powder into the rice and let them taste. They will start loving the recipe!
12Gongoora Karam Podi/Roselle Powder
Gongoora is one of the most relished dishes of Andhra. It is a constant companion of any kind of dals. It is a must and should be for any Andhra marriages. It has immense health benefits and never fails to impress with its taste. Once try this. Who knows? It may steal your heart too!
13Munagaku Karam Podi/Drumstick Leaves Powder
Give your tongue a spicy explosion with this Mungagaku Karam podi or drumstick leaves powder. It is a fantastic remedy for controlling eyesight. If eaten every day, you can see improvement in very few days. The taste of tender drumstick powder and thick drumstick powder varies greatly. Next time you are trying to make a powder, opt for munagaku. It is worth it.
14Senaga Podi/Putnala Podi/Chickpeas Powder
Senagapodi or putnala podi is one of the most admired powders of all. It is always honoured with its inclusion in the most favourite powders on the mess table. Next time, bring it to yours too!
15Kaju Karapodi/Tangy Cashew Powder
Cashew is loved by many people in both spicy and sweet versions. Do those cashew lovers know that there is a powder with it? With cashews and the right mix of tangy flavours, We can make a mouth-watering powder.
16Dhaniyala Podi/Coriander Seeds Powder
Dhaniyala powder is one of the most relished powders in our childhood. My mom makes the best dhaniya powder I ever tasted. Unlike kothimeera podi, it is made using coriander seeds instead of coriander leaves. It is lip-smacking when served with ghee.
17Velluli Karam Podi
Many consider it as a curry leaf in curry. But according to Ayurveda and modern sciences, it has many benefits like controlling cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the body etc. If you are very reluctant to eat it as a whole, then opt for garlic powder.
18Nalla Karam Podi/Mixed Pulses Powder
People of Andhra cannot finish their meal without its compliments. Apart from the main meal, there must be something or the other. Be it an avakai pickle, an appadam, or a heart-melting podi. Nalla Karam podi is usually served as a compliment for dal. It basically means black chilli powder. It derived its name from its prime ingredients, black urad dal and chillies. Give this powder also a shot. You will fall in love with this since it saves a lot of time and effort.
19Gasagasalu Podi/Poppy Seeds Powder
Gasagasalu is one of the best flavouring agents in Indian culinary. It adds flavours to the dish it is added in. Sometimes it is used to give the recipe proper consistency. When this flavouring agent is made of ground, can one resist admiring it? Of course Not!
20Royyala Karam Podi/Prawn Powder
Finally, something for non-veg lovers! Usually, non-veg goes well with pickles and gravies or curries. So it is better not to experiment on them. But yes! This is a tested and tried recipe. It tastes sublime and saves you from the deadly boredom of everyday foods.