Kalathu Podi: Powder Made of Roasted Lentils to be Mixed with Rice

Kalathu Podi is a dry powder made of roasted lentils and is mixed with hot rice and gingili oil and relished. You could call it a version of a Dry Chutney. It’s a savior on days when you are too tired to cook and also for people staying away from home and who do not cook and have little access to good food. It’s nutritious too being made of lentils. The Kalathu Podi is quite common in South Indian households though it might be known by different names in different states and ingredients too may vary. This is a version from Kerala and made by my Grandma.


  • 100 gm Tuar/Arhar Dal
  • 20 gm Chana Dal
  • 20 gm Urad dal
  • 6-7 Red dried chilies
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt


  • Dry roast all the ingredients separately till they turn brown and emit a nice aroma (it should be crisp when you put it in your mouth after roasting)
  • After it cools grind it with salt into a fine powder
  • Store in a dry container
  • Serve with hot rice and gingili/sesame oil

Preparation time: 15 minutes

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