|Indian Red Gun Powder (Molaha Podi)|
The following spicy powder is extremely hot, but very tastey and addictive. I find myself eating it plain, unable to stop--but I'm a strange one. Some of the ingredients are specialized; you'll have to get them from an Indian foods store.
1. Heat the 1 t oil in a wok or heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the urad and channa dal and chiles. Fry stirring constantly until the beans begin to turn color, about 3 minutes.
2. Stir in the asafetida and sesame seeds. Continue frying until the contents of the pan are nicely browned and smell roasted, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, transfer mixture to a plate and cool completely. Blend in the sugar and salt. Grind the mixture to a powder using a coffee grinder (my prefered method), or a large mortar and pestle or spice mill. The powder should be neither course, nor as fine as flour; it should have a grainy texture. This mixture stays fresh indefinitely if stored in an airtight container in a cool place. Optionally, just before serving, blend a little oil into as muchpowder as you might use to make a sauce.
From: Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking.
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