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Homemade Edible Powders: Beetroot, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon, Orange, Sambar, Kurma, Garam Masala


The title says it all. This post is all about edible powders that can be used as flavoring agents, natural color, and to make food visually attractive. What more do we need? Though I am not too much in favor of drying food and storing the same, this is the best option for those days when these veggies are out of season. During the season, please make it a point to enjoy these fresh and flavorful. There's nothing better and healthier than fresh produce, right?

homemade carrot powder
Okay so the idea to make these powders popped up in my mind as I had too many beetroots at home. When nobody was too eager to have them, the best way to still consume these beauties was to sundry them to powder. I did exactly that.


how to make beetroot powder at home



Then I wondered if I can sundry lemon peels into powder just like we do to orange peels. I have been using orange peels as a face pack thus far. But since the baking bug has bitten me badly, I plan to use it as an edible powder for cakes and cookies too. Fingers crossed for the results though, since I have never added orange or lime powder to my bakes.

Regarding ginger powder, I have been making this powder for over 2 years and even share the same with mom. My bhabhi splurges on this powder - LOL while I use it primarily for tea.

Onion and garlic powder recipes belong to Anita Chahal aunty ji, though I too have made these a year back following a different method.

Let's come back to the processes of making homemade edible powders.

Quick Beetroot powder recipe/Carrot Powder Recipe

homemade beet powder

A natural pop of color, beetroot is an amazingly healthy addition to your meals. When in season, make sure you enjoy this root veggie to the max. Some people use it as a blood pressure supplement w while some others add it as a pop of color to their soups, juices, cakes, and cookies. Some others use it as an energy booster and detox aid. Surprisingly, it can be used in cosmetics, especially homemade lip balm (though I have never tried it - add beet powder to your petroleum jelly- mix very well , allow it to sit for sometime and then see the pink magic on your lips)

  • Wash beetroots/carrots in lukewarm water. Peel the skin and use a grater to grate the root veggie.
  • You may use your chopper too.
  • I  chose to go with a grater, since I did not have enough patience to see the results. If you grate it thinly, the sun will take less time to naturally dehydrate these pink beauties.
  • Spread the grated product on a tissue paper or kitchen towel or your cotton dupatta that you no longer use.
  • Place it in the sun and cover with another light cotton cloth to prevent dust or ants.
  • Sundry these until they are completely done. Since the sun is shining brightly these days, it took me only 2 days to sundry my beet and carrots. 
  • Grind the dehydrated beet/carrot to powder. Voila! You have a natural pink color to color your cookies, cakes, shakes, soups, and curries. On top of it, add beet powder to your roti atta and turn your rotis pink.


Do not forget to store your homemade beet powder in an airtight container away from humidity or moisture. With moisture, the color might turn brown.


Homemade Ginger Powder or Saunth

homemade ginger powder recipe

Wash and pat dry ginger pieces. I suggest buying organic ginger, as there is a loud hue and cry about ginger being given an acidic bath before being floated to the market.
Peel off the skin. If you are using organic ginger, as I do, you can use the washed and dried peel in your tea powder.
Grate ginger finely or chop it into thinnest slices/juveniles will work too.
Take a cotton dupatta/cloth and spread the chopped/grated ginger on it.
Cover with another cloth/dupatta.
Sundry until ginger loos dehydrated.
Grind into a smooth powder and enjoy homemade ginger powder in your tea.

Lemon/orange powder

Let lemon/orange pieces sit in hot water for 5 mins. I use homegrown lemon. If you have far fresh lemon, go ahead with the recipe.
Pat dry with a piece of cloth.
Squeeze juice and remove the pith or the white part from the lime/orange skin so that you are only left with the yellow/orange part.
Grate or slice thinly.
Take a cotton cloth and spread the lime/orange zest over it.
Cover with another cloth and allow it to soak in the sun for 3-4 or 5 days or until lime/orange looks dry.
Grind to a powder.
Enjoy homemade lemon powder in cakes, cookies, soups, and homemade jal jeera powder.


Onion Powder by Anita Chahal aunty ji

homemade onion powder

how to make onion powder at home 


Homemade Garlic Powder by Anita Chahal aunty ji




how to make garlic powder at home

 Homemade Dal Powder by Chitra Balachander


Sambar powder (recipe courtesy: PV Iyer)


how to make sambar masala at home: recipe by PV Iyer

Homemade Jal Jeera Powder (Recipe courtesy: Poonam Bachhav)


Homemade Digestion Churan Powder


Homemade Digestion aid (powder) by Anita Chahal aunty

digestion powder

Homemade Curry Powder (recipe courtesy MIL)

http://www.mercuryimp.com/2016/07/garam-masala-mish-mash-blend-of-spices.html
Homemade curry powder

Homemade Kadhai masala

homemade kadahi masala
Homemade Garam Masala
how to make garam masala at home

Homemade Kurma Powder

how to make kurma masala (recipe courtesy: Radha Natarajan)

Comments

  1. Awesome collection of homemade edible powders Ravneet ! Thanks for including mine as well 😃

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    1. Thank you dear Poonam. I tried your jal jeera powder with a slight variation - added stevia powder along with other ingredients to make it a diabetes-friendly recipe :)

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  2. You are a genius. Fell in love with you 😍.

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    1. Thank you. I am only experimenting to find a balance between health and taste.

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  3. Awesome collection... definitely going to try most of these... Thanks a bunch...

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