Ellu Podi (Black Sesame Seed Podi)

Ellu Podi is a flavorful South Indian spiced lentil powder using black sesame seeds. It’s very easy & simple to make and  just need a few ingredients. The procedure also is simple as the ingredients have to be fried and then ground to a fine or coarse powder.

This powder is healthy too as it has both sesame seeds and lentils. Black Sesame Seeds are rich in calcium and iron. They are also a great source of minerals like magnesium, copper and zinc. Also they are a good source of dietary fiber. Apparently black sesame seeds contain more calcium than white sesame seeds. Lentils too are nutritious as they are rich in protein and dietary fiber.

I generally like to stock up on chutney powders which are helpful especially on a busy weekday when there is not enough time to prepare fresh side dishes.

Let’s move on to the recipe….

Category : Podi, side dish

Cuisine : South Indian

Author : Jyo

Yields nearly 2 cups


  • 1 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup whole black gram
  • 1/4 chana dal/bengal gram
  • 15 dry red byadige chillies
  • 15 dry red guntur chillies
  • 6 garlic pods
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp amchur powder/dry mango powder
  • 2 tsp jaggery powder
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp oil


1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add in the black sesame seeds. Fry on low-medium flame till they have a glossy shine and the seeds start to pop. Then remove the pan and transfer the sesame seeds to a plate and keep it aside.

2. In the same pan, add 1/2 tsp oil, add black gram and chana dal. Fry till the dal changes its color and smells nutty.  Then remove, transfer to the plate and keep it aside.

3. Again to the same pan, add 1/2 tsp oil, and add in curry leaves, garlic and red chillies. Fry them till the leaves turn dry and the chillies to fluff up. Then transfer to the plate in which sesame seeds and lentils are added.

4. Let all the roasted ingredients to cool off completely.

5. Once cooled, add all the roasted ingredients, salt, amchur powder, jaggery and asafoetida to a mixie jar. Blend to a fine or coarse powder. I like slight crunch of the lentils, so I keep it very slightly coarse.

6. You can store this ellu Podi at room temperature for upto 20 days. It stays fresh for about 2 to 3 months if refrigerated.

Other homemade podi recipes on the blog….

Homemade Flavorful Podis

Homemade Rasam Powder

Moringa Karam Podi

Peri Peri Spice Mix

Notes :

Make sure to fry the ingredients on low-medium heat.

Add chillies according to your taste preference.

The podi stays fresh for about 20 days at room temperature.

Stays fresh for about 2 to 3 months when refrigerated.

Whilr serving, mix the required quantity of ellu podi with sesame oil and serve it with idlis, dosa or rice.

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