Nuvvu podi (Spicy sesame seed powder)

Nuvvu podi (Spicy sesame seed powder)

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About this recipe: This spicy Indian seasoning is made from toasted sesame seeds and dried red chilli peppers. It takes some effort to grind it down with a mortar and pestle but it is definitely worth it. This seasoning is great for rice. It also adds a lovely flavour when sprinkled into Andhra kooras (sabjis). The powder will keep for a few months in a jar on a shelf.


Serves: 200 

  • 240g sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 10 dried red chilli peppers, or to taste
  • salt to taste

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Spread on a baking tray to cool.
  2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil in the pan, again over medium-low heat. Fry the red chilli peppers in the hot oil until they begin to change colour, about 5 minutes. Cool on the baking tray.
  3. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the sesame seeds, chilli peppers and salt into a powder.

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