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Jun 13, 2013

Homemade Chutney Powder / Idly Milagai Podi / Idli Podi Recipe / Spiced Lentils Powder

Idly Podi / Idly Milagai Podi is a coarse mixture of roasted lentils/dal and chillies which is served as a side dish for South Indian Breakfast like Idly/Dosa/Paniyaram/Adai. This podi is a must item in my Pantry and everyone at home loves it, so i often make it freshly and rarely bought the store bought  MTR Idli Podi when am not feeling well to cook. However, i prefer the homemade ones since the homemade spice powders are really fresh, flavorful and healthier and all we need to do is just spare few minutes to make the spice powders at home. Everyone have their own version & variation and here's mine, very simple and a basic version without sesame seeds and more ingredients. Now to the simple version of idli podi...

  1. Urad dal/Uluthamparuppu/white lentils/black gram dal   1 cup
  2. Channa dal/Bengal gram dal/kadalai paruppu       1/2 cup
  3. Dry Red chilli/Vara Milagai     8-10 no.s
  4. Curry leaves     1-2 sprigs
  5. Garlic        2 - 5 cloves(depends on ur taste)
  6. Hing/Asafoetida/Perungayam     1/4 tsp
  7. Salt     to taste
  8. Oil     1/2 tsp

  • Heat oil in a pan/wok, first add urad dal and roast it in medium heat until it turns golden brown and flavor comes.
  • Once done transfer it to a plate and to the same pan add channa dal and roast till it turns golden brown and then transfer it to the same plate.
  • And now add chilli and curry leaves and roast till the leaves and chilli turns crisp and flavor comes.
  • After that allow these ingredients to cool for a while and then take a blender first blend chilli, curry leaves and garlic to a coarse mixture.
  • Then add roasted dal, hing and enough salt and grind it to a coarse powder.
  • That's it...Flavorful and tasty Idli podi ready. 
  • To serve mix it with sesame oil or ghee and serve as an accompaniment for Idly/Dosa/Paniyaram/Adai

With this idly podi u can also make recipes like,
Roast all the ingredients in medium heat flame and as soon as u roasted the dal remove from the pan and transfer it to another plate to prevent burnt dal.
If u like u can also add 2 tbsp of sesame seeds to the same recipe, roast it separately and grind together with dal.
Adding more garlic and curry leaves is depends on individual taste& liking if u want u can add more or if u don't have u can skip but adding at least one garlic clove n few curry leaves gives nice aroma and taste to the podi.
U can also make the same podi with skinned urad dal/black urad dal with its skin, my Grandmom always use black urad dal to make podi.

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  1. Wonderful clicks.. loved your idli podi version... :) Loved the jar too..!!!! :)

  2. thats a very useful and love home made chutney powder a lot :)

  3. Delicious and colorful podi recipe.

  4. this is very different from how we do it.. but looks yummy

  5. i generally mix with hot rice and tsp of coconut oil yummy!

  6. Lovely and flavour ful milagai podi, I love them a lot. Very lovely clicks Sangeetha...

  7. Nice presentation and neat clicks Sangee, like the addition of garlic..

  8. nice clicks sangee.. love it everytime wit idli..:)

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  10. loved your clicks...superb curry powder

  11. Lovely clicks & props dear !! A must in every pantry is this podi :) Handy on mornings & tasty too !!

  12. A very useful recipe....Wonderful clicks.

  13. Its a must in my pantry,i cant imagine having idlies or dosas without this podi..Lovely jar there Sangee.

  14. I want to try this powder soon, thanks for sharing !

  15. Great recipe. I don't eat chillies so I omitted them. Believe me I haven't eaten tastier podi than this ever! I mix it with cow ghee. Thank you very much!!


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