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Nuvvala Podi


Nuvvulu or Til or sesame seeds is popularly known as, has the highest oil content of any other seed. Sesame oil is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids.The flour that remains after oil extraction has good carbohydrates.  Sesame seed is also rich in protein and are also good source of calcium and also contain a high amount of antioxidants.
Sesame oil, is mostly used in cooking in India. Sesame seed powder and sesame laddu (a sweet with sesame seeds) is given to girls during their menarche or first menstrual bleeding.

This nuvvula podi or sesame seed powder can be used in curries like bottle gourd and cluster beans. This can also be served with hot rice.
The main ingredients are sesame seeds and red chillies.


Ingredients:

Sesame seeds-3 cups
Red chillies-5 or 6
Salt- to taste

Procedure:

Roast the sesame seeds and red chillies in a kadai. 
Roast they till the rawness leave or the seeds turn light brown color.
Allow it to cool. Cool till they come to normal temperature.

The main and most important point to remember in preparing this powder is roasting sesame seeds. While roasting do not over heat the kadai as it leads to burn the seeds. Heat the kadai and put the seeds and simmer the stove and roast them continuously. 



Put it in the mixer grinder and press pulse button of the grinder. 
Do not grind it, as it contains lot of oil grinding too much will make it lumpy rather powdery. This can be stored at least for a fortnight in an air tight jar.



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