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Archana's Andhra Gunpowder

Recipe by: Archana Pidathala

Makes 1 cup

Archana's Andhra Gunpowder
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Gentl & Hyers

In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, podis (spice powder) are a staple in every household, with most families keeping their own secret recipes. This potent blend includes Nagauri cumin seeds and Nandini coriander seeds; it adds a quick, easy boost of flavor to any meal. Try it sprinkled over a fried egg or in vegetable stir-fry, or simply over rice with a dollop of ghee.

Head over to Martha Stewart Living for the full recipe.

Originally published June 2021. 

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  • 1 cup roasted gram (also known as chana dal or roasted split chickpeas; available at Indian markets)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole Nagauri Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon whole Nandini Coriander
  • 6 to 10 dried red chiles, such as Guntur Sannam (or fewer, for less spice), broken in half
  • Kosher salt (we use Diamond Crystal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 10 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 10 dried curry leaves


To view the full recipe, head over to Martha Stewart Living.


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