Menthya hittu is a multipurpose, protein rich powder. My amma used to make it and used this mentya hittu in many dishes. When I was young, I never used to bother about how you make anything, but I started cooking I started asking my mother every dish she used to make. Menthya hittu was one of the most surprising. Amma told me that she used it in 4 different dishes, each with its own different ruchi, or taste. Here is the recipe to one super powder!
Dry roast all the dals /lentil separately until it turns golden yellow color.
Dry roast the fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds also.
Heat little bit of oil may be 1/4 tsp, fry the chillies, turmeric and hing.
Put all the roasted ingredients to it.
Allow everything to cool completely.
Now grind all the ingredients along with salt to a fine powder .
Pour it to a bowl, mix thoroughly. Once it is cooled down completely, store it in a airtight container. Enjoy this powder with hot rice or making gojju with tamarind and jaggery syrup. And as I said it is multi purpose powder, use this to spice up Avalakki chooda...
You can skip red chillies or add more ( I used 10 here, it will be spicy, 3 to 5 gives mild spice which is perfect for many)
You can substitute 1/4 tsp black pepper for red chillies.