Its official name is Milagai Podi, which translates to chili powder. However, “Gunpowder” is the name most commonly used by South Indian food fans. It’s a dry condiment made from roasted dal (lentils), sesame seeds, chilies, cumin, coriander, and other spices. Grind it smoothly and vary the amount of chillies to take this blend from medium to spicy heat levels. Use it to season steamed rice and roasted or grilled vegetables. Sprinkle on chicken, fish, shrimp or paneer both before and after cooking for an adventure your taste buds won’t forget.