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Toasty and fragrant, this spicy variation of Milagai Podi, also called Gunpowder Spice, brings the heat. Created with a variety of spices, seeds and lentils, this finely ground blend from Southern India gives an unforgettable flavor boost to grilled beef or fish, labneh, dips, hummus, and roasted veggies.
Test Kitchen Tips:
• Milagai Podi literally translates to ‘chili powder’ in Tamil, but the seasoning is more complex. Milagai Podi, often referred to as Gunpowder Spice, is a mixture of dal (lentils), seeds, and spices traditionally found in South Indian cuisine. The blend can vary in heat level, based on the number and types of chilies used. It is typically used to season idlis and dosas in Indian cuisine.
• Dal is both an Indian dish and cooking ingredient. It refers to dried and split beans, peas or lentils and is a staple ingredient in South Asian cuisine. As a dish, Dal refers to various soups, stews and pureed side dishes made with the split legumes. Various types of dal such as chana dal, toor dal, or black dal can be found in the international or Indian sections at most major grocery stores, as well as natural food stores and online retailers.