Nuvvulu – 1cup

Water – 1tbsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Chana dal – 1tbsp

Urad dal – 1tbsp

Coriander seeds – 1tbsp

Broken red dry red chilli pieces- 1/2 cup

Curry leaves – 1/4 cup

Mashed garlic – 8

Salt – 1tbsp


  1. Mix 1tbsp of water with nuvvulu and keep it aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chana dal and urad dal. Fry on low flame till it becomes light golden brown.
  3. Then, add coriander seeds and fry for 1 minute. Add red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Fry on low flame till the red chillies becomes crisp. Switch off the flame and add cumin seeds .
  5. Mix well. Keep it aside and let it cool. Dry roast nuvvulu on low flame till they start popping and becomes golden in colour.
  6. Cool it and keep it aside. Transfer the dry masala to a grinder jar and add salt. Grind it to a powder.
  7. Then, add nuvvulu and grind it to a powder. Lastly, add crushed garlic and grind 2 more times.
  8. Check out salt and transfer to a glass bottle. Goes well with idly and rice with dollop of ghee.


img_4961.jpgThis recipe is handed down by my aunt Mrs. Lakshmi


Coriander seeds – 1 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/4 cup

Cloves – 2 tbsp

Cardamom – 2 tbsp

Cinnamon – a little less than – 1/4 cup

Black pepper corns – 1 1/2 tbsp

Broken red chilli pieces – 1 1/2 cup


  1. Dry roast all the ingredients on medium flame for two minutes.

2.   Cool it and grind into a fine powder.


To be used in chole curry. Quantity can be adjusted according to your spice level.


Do not over fry.