Monday, December 1, 2008

Idli podi or Ulutham paruppu milagai podi,how we call it is a dry spicy powder mixed with ghee or sesame oil, used as an accompaniment for Idli and dosas...This is the authentic recipe which I learnt from my mother,she in-turn learnt from my grandmother.....  In my in- laws side also same,except some few changes... This is so very different from store bought powder. This is very aromatic, flavorful, spicy and tasty powder a lot better than the store bought one.

Idli Milagai Podi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Makes: 1 & 1/4 cups


Urad dal 1/2 cup
Channa dal 1/4 cup
Red chillies 20
Asafetida 1/4 tsp
Sesame seeds 1 tsp
Coconut, grated 1 tblsp
Oil 2 tsp
Salt As needed


  1. Roast all the ingredients with oil,except salt (coconut separately) till golden brown and cool down.
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  3. Grind first red chillies and salt first and then add the other ingredients and grind to a fine or little coarse I  like!
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  5. Enjoy this podi,obviously with idly or sprinkle this magic over thin dosa spread with ghee!! Nei Podi dosai anyone?
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  • The colour will be brighter only if you use chilli as mentioned.
  • Also if powdered into more fine powder, colour may tend to become pale.
  • Always first grind red chillies frist. Then add the dal to get a coarse perfect texture.
  • My Mother in law adds a sprig of curry leaves while roasting and grind it along for a great flavor.
  • Asafoetida is the main flavoring ingredient to give the authentic flavor in this.

This stays good for a month if handled properly. Store in an airtight container…





Sour curd/Dahi 1 cup
Besan/gram flour 1 1/2 tblsp
Tomato cut into cubes 1
Ginger Chopped 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Green chillies 2 nos
Salt As needed
Turmeric 1/8 tsp
For Tempering/Tadka:
Oil 1-2 tsp
Mustard 1 tsp
Jeera 1 tsp
Asafetida 2 pinches
Curry leaves 1 sprig


  1. Whisk the curd well, add besan ,salt,turmeric to make a smooth consistency ,add 1 cup of water and mix well .
  2. Heat a kadai and add the tadka items in order,followed by ginger,green chillies  and tomatoes.
  3. Fry till tomatoes becomes mushy,then add the red chilli powder and pour the whisked curd mixture and stir well.
  4. At one stage as it boils,it raises up as shown in the picture,then stir it well in low flame and boil.
  5. Boil till the oil floats on to the top,you can smell the aroma all over the house!
  6. Transfer to the serving bowl,Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice!

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  1. I love Nei Podi dosai..Podi looks yumm Raji.

  2. wow.. looks yummy & colourful dear... adding coconut new 2 me... thxs for sharing me.. i made same method but without coconut..dahi kadhi looks delicious...

  3. nice colour of dahi kadhi..looks delicious,...

  4. I would love to have the doas with idli podi spread like that.
    Hey i too have those chinese bowl, bought from a chinese super market here.

  5. Yummylicious, mouth watering recipes. Iam droooooooooooooling over.

  6. podi onion othapam is a all time favourie in our family.kadi looks great. adding coconut in podi is new to me.pic tempting.

  7. I love ur pattiram :) Kadi and podi are really tasty....

  8. first time here. i love all your recipes.. they are just my kinda food. molagai podi looks red and wonderful..perfect with dosa.

  9. mouth watering dosa raks

  10. The dosa looks so mouthwatering, Dahi kadhi is new to me, I should try your yummy recipe soon :)

  11. ooh, love that crispy dosa with that karam podi on top! I make this idli podi the same way you did! Kadi looks great too! Perfect with rice.

  12. Is Gun powder same as Idli podi....In Mumbai we get such podis by name of gun powder and my hubby really enjoys it with idli..

  13. Double the treat. Its an awesome click raje...dosa, podi, nei...dude you are making me to go nostalgic, everytime...

  14. yummy kadhi and of course the podi. Podi is a sure part of our morning breakfast.

  15. Molagai podi looks red and perfect with dosa.dahi kadhi looks delicious...

  16. Wow am drooling over the crispy podi dosa...lovely n delicious..dahi kadhi looks simply superb..i want the complete plate u served..

  17. Podi looks so colourful and hot!

  18. Thank you veyr much for the comment dear... I have not tried it with plaintain but I think it would work well too....

  19. My grandmother also makes really good idli podi and is a bit coarse. yours looks perfect! The kadhi looks great.. thanks for the step-by step pics Sangeetha.

  20. Spicy podi,looks very tempting on crisp dosa.I also add onion pakoda to my dahi kadhi.

  21. The idli podi looks fantastic. Idli or dosai with podi is an all time favorite.
    I have one question about the kadhi. Does boiling the curd mixed with besan make it break? Yours looks perfect. I always have this nagging doubt.

  22. Looks yummy. My mom in law makes so good.

  23. wow ... I love that dosa picture .. its making me hungry

  24. hi indosungod,

    Regarding your doubt in kadhi, when the kadhi comes at the boiling stage it looks its breaking but you have keep stirring it continuously and keep the gas in slow and allow it to boil for 10-15 mins.

  25. wow podi dosai mmmm very crisp and mouthwatering superb and Inever use tomato with kadhi nice will try next time

  26. hi,i/2 cup measurement is exactly USA cup measurement?

  27. Hi Nageswari,
    My 1/2 cup holds 125 ml of liquid.. Not sure about US cup measurements...

  28. hi

    thanks to replay.i am asking like in every recipe you said like only cup.can i take as 1 cup = 125 ml for all recipies ?

  29. If i have mentioned 1 cup(that holds 250 ml) and 6 red chillies in a recipe, for example,if you take 1/2 cup(that holds 125ml) then you have to reduce the red chillies according to that,hope you will keep that in can take it but adjust other ingredient quantity as needed too ... :)

  30. Wow, that looks really nice. Love the chutney part.

  31. Hi raks, I have been visiting your website for 6months now and your pictures for the dishes really tempt me to cook . Thanks for your efforts. I have a quick question. I made dahi kadi yesterday and on adding besan+curd mixture to the tomatoes, my kadi started to thicken and it never rose as shown in your pcitures. Not sure what went wrong. Appreciate if you could help.

  32. Thanks Aishwarya :)It could be that the besan was more, next time try to reduce the besan.

  33. Okay sure will try it this way next time.

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  35. i made this podi and all my family members especially my MIL like it very much

  36. Thank you so much for this podi recipe. This was what we would most look forward to while eating at a restaurant. And now we get to have it at home!

  37. Idli podi me chana dal kitni dalni hai, ple. Write.

  38. Hi,

    what kind of red chilli do u use? because in the variety I use it turns black

    1. Roast in low flame. I use long red chilli


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