Wednesday 10 April 2013

Idli Podi / Idli Milagai Podi / Idli Podi With Sesame Seeds

Idli / Dosa Podi is the mixture of Spices and Dhals (Lentils) in a powder form served as a side dish for idli / dosa varieties in South India.  The recipe differs from place and almost every household has its own recipe for this!

I spent most of my school & college life in hostel; the podi prepared & sent to me in bulk by my mother saved me whenever the side dishes were not good in the hostel!

Yield - 1 ½ cup Approximately


Urad dhal - 1 cup
Channa dhal - ¼ cup
Red chillies - 8- 10
Asafoetida(Powder) - ½ tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Salt -  to taste
Oil - 1 tsp


Heat oil in a kadai; roast red chillies, urad dhal and channa dhal till the colour changes to golden brown (make sure not to burn the dhals).

Transfer this into a plate.  In the same kadai, roast the seasme seeds. Transfer that into the plate and allow to cool.

After it is completely cooled, add the roasted dhals, redchillies, asafoetida and salt in the blender / mixer and grind it into a coarse powder. 

Store it in an air tight container.

Serving suggestion:

Mix with gingelly oil and serve with idli / dosa / uthappam / kuzhipaniyaram.


Colour of the podi depends upon the variety and amount of chillies added.

Adjust the amount of chillies according to your taste.

Make sure the blender is dry before grinding dhal.


  1. Podi looks wonderful,Poornima! :)

  2. very nice poornima, I love milagai podi...
    It looks perfect and comes handy all the time.

  3. nice and easy podi. will make it for sure.

  4. perfect...I can't eat idly or dosa without this podi..

  5. One f our friends brought ths fr me frm india.. We don make ths att our always wanted to try

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  6. Hats off to you for preapring it at home. Great job. And your dosa looks so crispy :)

  7. Homemade podis have special place in my kitchen rack ur looks superb...

  8. Perfect & ideal for a lazy bf with idly or dosa !!

  9. Podi made at home is always perfect and tastier than the packed one. Your's look absolutely fresh and healthy.
    I'm a lazy goose, who buys podi from shop :-)
    Never made this at home.

  10. delicious podi...
    love to have with hot idli's:)
    glad to follow u....


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