Ellu Podi (Til Powder)

Til seed powder is a powdered form of the til seeds, also known as sesame seeds. Til seed powder is a versatile ingredient used in various culinary preparations. In Ayurvedic medicine, til seed powder is used for its medicinal properties. It is believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. It is often used in traditional remedies to treat conditions like constipation, skin problems, and joint pains. 

Ellu Podi (Til Powder)

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: Masala PowdersCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Learn how to make a flavorful and versatile spice powder using white and black til seeds, bengal gram dhal, and spices. Perfect for various dishes!


  • White Til seeds – 1/2 cup

  • Black Til Seeds – 1/2 cup

  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1/4 cup

  • Asafoetida – a small piece

  • Red Chillies – 10 to 12 Nos

  • Salt – 2 teaspoons or as per taste


  • Warm a kadai over medium heat and dry-roast the sesame seeds (also known as ’til seeds’ or ‘Ellu’ in Tamil), making sure not to add any oil. Once toasted to a golden hue, remove the seeds and set them aside.
  • Next, in the same kadai, add a teaspoon of oil. Roast the Bengal gram dal, red chillies, and asafetida until fragrant and the dal turns a light golden brown. Allow these ingredients to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, combine the roasted sesame seeds with the Bengal gram dal mixture. Add salt to taste and grind everything together into a fine powder using a mixer or grinder.
  • Transfer the freshly prepared powder to an airtight container to maintain its freshness and flavor.
  • This versatile ‘Podi’ is not just a seasoning but a flavor enhancer. It serves as the key ingredient in Ellu Sadam (Til Rice), offering a nutty and spicy undertone to the dish. It also pairs beautifully with idli and dosa, adding a burst of flavors that perfectly complements these traditional Tamil dishes.
  • So go ahead, add this Podi to your culinary arsenal and bring the authentic tastes of Tamil cuisine into your kitchen!

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  1. If I don’t have black ellu can this be made with just white ellu? Will it taste any different? Thanks.

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