On the days you've run out of vegetables or is racing against time to pack a takeaway meal, you wish you had some magical recipe that could instantly lend flavour to your rice.
Here's a selection of spice powders and mixes that can be prepared and stored to be eaten along with rice, a dollop of ghee and papad. You can also serve it as accompaniment for idli or dosa.
Spicy garlic chutney
Serve the garlic chutney with dal-rice, spicy snacks, bread bhakri or potato vada.
Season with a tsp of oil, mustard, asafoetida and well crushed garlic and mix well before use.
Coriander peanut chutney
This chutney with Coriander leaves, peanuts and coconut is an Indian side dish that will go well with all snacks.
No time to make the usual sambhar and rasam? Here is a spicy coconut powder that can be made well in advance. Serve it with hot rice and ghee!
Pottukadalai poondu podi
You can adjust the spice level to make it kid friendly. This goes well with idlis or rice.
Poppy Seeds and Quinoa Spice Powder
Hot steaming rice when served with this spicy powder and ghee is the best.
Kollu Podi - Horse gram podi
Store this podi in a dry container. Serve with rice/dosa/idli.