This podi(powder) is used for ELLORAI done on maavilakku day. Tastes the best when mixed with hot rice and ghee. I have used black sesame seeds. White sesame seeds can also be used.
Black sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
Urad dhal - 1 cup
Dry red chillies - 6
Pepper corns - 1/4 tsp.
Hing - 1/4 tsp.
Salt - as per taste (approximately 3/4 tsp.)
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Soak sesame seeds in water for 10 minutes. Check for mud and dust. Drain the water completely. Keep aside for 5 minutes.
In a kadai, dry roast sesame seeds till it splutters and be careful the seeds should not be burnt. In the same kadai, heat oil and fry the other ingredients till golden brown. Combine all , add salt and dry grind in a mixie to a powder.
NOTE: The seeds splutters after the water is dried. The water gets dried while roasting the sesame seeds and need not pat it dry.