Chutney Pudi as called in Kannada, Chutney Pood in Marathi is a dry Roasted Spice powder of Bengal Gram. One can find this in every home in South India. It is a good accompaniment to Rice,Chapati, Roti, Dosa, Idli etc. I am sharing here the recipe from my Mother which is passed on to her by her Mother in Law, ie my Babayi (Grandmother)
Ingredients: 2 cups of Bengal Gram 1 cup Grated Dry coconut 2 teaspoon Of Sesame seeds 1 teaspoon Heeng/ Asafoetida Half a lemon or little less sized Tamarind 2 to 3 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder Salt to taste
Method: In a Kadai dry roast the grated dry coconut on slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add Sesame seeds and fry both till the coconut changes its colour to golden. Then add Bengal gram, Heeng, Tamarind and roast for another 2 to 3 minutes. Finally add Red chilli powder and fry for a minute and switch off the flame. Let this get cooled completely. Then grind this in a mixer grinder to fine powder. Take out the powder in a bowl and add salt as per taste. Mix well and store in a air tight container. This lasts for a month or more outside the refrigerator.