It doesn’t get more colourful than this on a plate! The ‘mixture’ as it is simply known in South India, can cheer you up just by its presence on a plate. The mélange of red, green, yellow and white can brighten up any cloudy day. If it doesn’t, then pick up a handful and pop it in your mouth. The delightful crunch of the dozen different ingredients sounds like a happy cacophony.
The podi mixture typically has the by-itself-delicious omapodi, a sort of dimunitive sev prepared with gram flour and ajwain seeds. Fluffy puffed rice that gives the mixture its airy texture makes a perfect foil to the various fried lentils and grams. The roasted groundnuts, the peas fried to a crisp and the crackle of curry leaves pack not only a punch of protein but a sizzle to the mix.
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