Nope. Never liked it. I'm surprised too. The US seems to have more desi stuff available, cool. My mother grows a lot of medicinal herbs in her garden (including some varieties of Thippilis too). She uses for her health purposes. Whenever I may plan to visit home, I'll let her know in advance and she prepares special "Podis" from the herbs so I can take them with me on my return journey. I would make herbal teas, add to soups, make different podi rice for lunchbox on slow days, mix and match the podis to make my versions of "Kashayams" if I feel sick, and sometimes as ingredients to recipes. Comes really handy like that, don't have to go around looking for them in the stores. Even have the Thippilis as podis but I usually just make Rasams with them. There is this "Pirandai Thuvaiyal" that I think also has a cult following on its own, a favorite of many and she makes Pirandai Podi for my sake so I won't miss the goodness of it. The latest is the Betel Leaves Podi. We have the plant in the garden, kinda keeps growinnnng, you know. Has managed to cover one side of the house entirely from top to bottom, just on its own, so much that our house has now become a landmark in our area. Anyway... She thinks it would help with whatever digestion issues I'm having given the medicinal properties. Sweet. Whenever the podis stock is over, I know it's time for another trip. Lol.