Ellu Podi

This is a black sesame or kala til dry chutney that is a speciality of South India. Dry roasting the sesame seeds brings out its full flavour. These seeds have multi benefits. They help maintain bones health and prevent osteoporosis. They also support digestion, hormonal balance and brain function. With all these qualities if the taste is on the high, what more could one want.

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Ellu Podi


Main ingredients Black sesame seeds (kala til), Spllit skinless black gram, Dried red chillies, Asafoetida
Cuisine South Indian
Course Chutney
Prep time 10-15 minutes
Cook time 10-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Easy
Others Veg





·         1 cup black sesame seeds (kala til / ellu)

·         ¼ cup split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal)

·         ½ tsp oil

·         8-10 dried red chillies

·         Sea salt to taste

·         A small piece of rock asafoetida (hing)




1.      Dry roast black sesame seeds till they splutter in a non-stick pan. Transfer onto a large plate and allow to cool.

2.      Dry roast split skinless black gram till it turns golden brown in the same pan. Transfer onto the same plate and allow to cool.

3.      Heat oil in the same pan again. Add the dried red chillies and sauté for 1 minute. Switch the heat off. Add sea salt and rock asafoetida and transfer onto the same plate again and set aside to cool.

4.      When completely cooled, put the roasted mixture into a grinder jar and grind to a coarse power.  Transfer onto a plate and allow it to cool down to room temperature.

5.      Store in an air-tight container and serve as required.