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Mar 15, 2015

Kuzhambu Milagai Thool Recipe | Homemade Chilli Powder Recipe | Chilli Powder Recipe For South Indian Curry

Kuzhambu Milagai Thool Recipe
Kuzhambu Milagai Thool is nothing but a chilli powder mix with dal and other spices. For any south Indian dishes like Kuzhambu, Stir Fry/Varuval, Sambar, Poriyal this kuzhambu milagai thool is used traditionally and that gives unique taste, flavor and authentic touch to the dishes. I like to use kuzhambu Milagai thool for my south indian kuzhambu recipes instead of plain red chilli powder. But here, I do not find kuzhambu milagai thool  now-a-days, So I prepare it at home.

Last year when my Bil visited us, My Mom-in-law has sent few packets of fresh Homemade Milagai Thool & Dhaniya powder. She prepares such flavorful dhaniya & milagai thool like my Grand mom. This is my Mom-in-law's recipe, I got it for a small portion that stays for 1-2 months. She uses sun dried dry red chillies and dhaniya and roast only the other ingredients, but here sun drying method is not possible during winter season and that time I usually roast all the ingredients and grind it.
Kara Kuzhambu, Puli Kuzhambu, Egg Kuzhambu, Masal Kuzhambu, Varuval tastes good and flavorful when cooked using this Milagai thool instead of plain red chilli powder. If you want to taste authentic south Indian dishes then you must try it with this Milagai Thool. You can even use this chilli powder to make Sambar and all other day to day cooking except for North Indian Curry & Sabzis. Even Without Sambar powder, sambar tastes good and flavorful with this chilli powder. For North Indian style gravy/sabzis you have to use plain chilli powder without other spices & lentils combo.

Kuzhambu Milagai Thool Recipe
Kuzhambu Milagai Thool Recipe
Prep Time : 2 days(if sun drying) | Cook Time : 25 minutes 
Makes  2 cups
  1. Dry Red Chilli/Vara Milagai     250 gm or 2.5 cups
  2. Coriander Seeds/Dhaniya   100 gm or less than 3/4 cup
  3. Cumin Seeds/Jeera   20 gm or  2 tbsp
  4. Black Pepper corns/Milagu  25 gm  or 1.5 tbsp
  5. Methi Seeds   1 tsp
  6. Channa Dal/Kadala Paruppu   25 gm  or 2.5 tbsp
  7. Urad Dal/Ulutham Paruppu   20 gm or 2 tbsp
  8. Curry leaves   2 sprigs
  • Sun Dry Coriander seeds and dry red chilli for 2 to 3 days.
  • If sun dry method is not possible heat a iron kadai or heavy bottomed kadai and turn the heat to lowest point  and dry roast red chilli and coriander seeds
  • for 4-5 minutes or until turns crisp and raw smell leaves.
  • Then to the same pan, dry roast all the other ingredients separately in medium heat.
  • Allow the roasted ingredients to cool completely.
  • Then grind it to a fine powder in a blender, if required sift the ground chilli powder using a strainer.
  • Spread the milagai thool in a wide plate and let it cool completely and then store it in an air tight container.
The above quantity gives about 1.5 to 2 cups of red chilli powder.
I used 3/4th red chilli and 1/4th Byadagi chilli. Byadagi chilli gives mild spice and bright red color.
I do not have curry leaves in hand, so I skipped it.
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Kuzhambu Milagai Thool Recipe


  1. I always buy this powder fro store. Homemade version looks so authentic with such a beautiful colour and flavour. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Bookmarking :)

  2. Beautiful clicks as usual Sangee... Can u pls provide the measurements in cups or Tsp/Tbsp if its not too much to ask?? Thanks a lot...

    1. Sure SK, will check with my MIL and update here in cup measurements.

  3. wow, i get my supply from India, so never bother to make it here. but love to try it for small batch

  4. Nice clicks and recipe dear:)...I too had a recent post on the same:)

  5. This is something new to me,flavorful podi...homemade is always d best :)

  6. sangee i need ratios in cup .. m bad in conversions.. so m heading to buy gm wise..

    1. Sure Kalps...will update in cup/tbsp measurement.

  7. Hi ,y r the stalks of the red chillies removed while sun drying n making it as a powder.can u clarify

    1. I prefer to remove the stalk, as I grind in mixie it will not grind properly so i remove it.. but my Mil & grandma they sun dry & grind(in the rice mill) chillies with the stalk.


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