Last weekend I was in Mangalore and enjoyed Podi with my friends. Podi is a crispy and tasty snack, which is very popular in this coastal region.

Time Required: 30 Minutes + Soaking time


1 Udupi Gulla / Brinjal / Egg Plant or Raw Banana or Potatoes
Oil for shallow frying

For the masala:
1 Cup Coconut
10 – 12 Red Chilies
2tbsp Coriander Leaves
1tbsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Methi / Fenugreek seeds
1 Cup Soaked Rice
1/2 Cup Tamarind pulp
1tsp Jaggery
Salt to taste

Chop Brinjal and Potatoes into roundels and the Raw Banana into 2 inch by 2 mm rectangular slices. Drown the vegetable slices in water.

Udupi Recipe - Phodi Recipe

Grind the ingredients for the masala to a paste. Apply a coat of this masala on both sides of the vegetable.


Heat a flat tava / pan and sprinkle some Oil. Arrange the masala coated vegetable on the Tava and shallow fry until done.

Podi Recipe

Serve hot with hot plain Rice, Ghee, and Tomato Saaru.

Phodi Recipe Podi Recipe