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Thursday, April 14, 2016

N - Nallakaram

Nallakaram is a karam or podi that's made with tamarind, dry red chilies and curry leaves as a base.
This karam has a lot of health benefits, they feed this karam with rice and ghee to new moms. It also helps reduce with stomach issues.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 5 minutes 
Makes : 1 Cup


To roast:
Oil: 2 teaspoons 
Dry red chilies: 8
Coriander seeds/Dhanialu: 1/4 cup
Chana dal/Senagapappu: 1 tablespoon 
Urad dal/Minappappu: 1 tablespoon 
Fenugreek Seeds/Methi : 1 teaspoon 
Curry leaves: 3 sprigs

Tamarind/Chintapandu: Size of a small lemon
Garlic: 10 cloves 
Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon 
Salt to taste 


Heat oil in a pan and fry the seeds till golden, add red chilies and fry for 1 minute. Take them into a plate.
Fry curry leaves until they are wilted and turn off the stove.
Take all the seeds and red chilies and grind to a coarse. Add tamarind and grind to mix well, add curry leaves, salt  and garlic and grind again.
The karam will be a little coarse. Store in an airtight container for 2 months.


  1. Salivating reading the recipe and looking at the pictures. Spicy and yummy

  2. Wow , would love to try such a pofi , i have to get these podis in one folder so i can try all of them .

  3. I have tasted this at Padma's place and just loves it. So spicy and hot...

  4. I have heard a lot about this but never made it myself. Looks like a spicy & yummy condiment.

  5. Luv this NallaKaram with Rice or Idli's !! My Grandma used to make this NallaKaram !!

  6. Wow that's something I will want to try myself..good one..

  7. Such a flavorful podi,made it for BM couple of months back..we enjoyed it to the core.

  8. Spicy and yum.. Love that mortar and pestle.

  9. My mouth is just watering here, sooo tempting and flavourful nalla karam.

  10. This looks very flavorful and tempting spice mix.

  11. Very flavorful. My Mil makes this often.

  12. A very unique podi recipe, I loved the way you pound it the traditional way. Lovely pick!!

  13. I love that you have pounded it in the mortar. That should have enhanced the flavor of the podi even more.

  14. what a flavorful podi - love all the ingredients that went into it