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Jan 23, 2013

அம்மாவின் இட்லி மிளகாய் பொடி / Idli Milagai Podi (My Mum's Recipe) / Idli Podi

Southindian staple food is idli, we make idli's most time of the week. Hubby loves idli's and dosas. When we don't have time to make any sidedish, the first thing which i go for is my mother's idli podi. It is spicy full of flavour, i love it all time. There is nothing better than this. I love this version of idli podi, but there are so many way of making it. I will post those soon.

Preparation Time : 25 mins
Blending Time : 5 to 10 mins
Makes : 2 1/2 to 3 cups of Idli Podi


Urad Dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 cup
Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu - 1/3 cup
Dry Red Chilli -8 (I used 4 kashmiri chilli & 4 regular spicy chilli)
Garlic - 6
Curry leaves a handful
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp


Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add in dry red chilli and start roasting till they turn golden. It will take around 5 mins. Remove them to a plate to cool down.

Take curry leaves in the same pan and roast them for 2 mins, till they turn dry. Remove them to the same plate to cool down.

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add in urad dal and roast them for 5 to 7 mins till they turn golden.Remove them to the same plate to cool down.

Heat 1/2 tsp oil again in the same pan. Add in toor dal and roast them for 5 to 7 mins till they turn golden. Remove them to the same plate to cool down.

Allow all the roasted spices and dals to cool down.

In a good blender. Add in roasted dry red chilli, roasted curry leaves, garlic, asafoetida. Give this a good blend so the chillies get powdered.

Now add in the dals along with some salt to taste. Blend them again till they get fine powder.

Let them cool a little. Store this in a dry air tight container for several weeks.


1)I doubled the batch of this podi.
2)Store this in a dry air tight container. 
3)Use clean dry spoons only.
4)Addition of chillies, curry leaves and garlic depends to your taste.

You will need urad dal, toor dal, dry red chilli,
curry leaves, garlic, asafoetida and salt
start by roasting dry red chillies
when they turn golden, remove them to a plate
Now give curry leaves a quick stir till they turn dry
remove them to a plate
heat few drops oil oil in the same pan..
add your urad dal in..
roast this till they turn golden
remove them to a plate
heat few more drops of oil
add in toor dal...
roast this again till golden
remove to a plate
Allow all these stuff to cool completely..
take a mixer
add in the garlic, roasted chilli and curry leaves
sprinkle some asafoetida and blend them well.
now add in the roasted dals, i added few more curry leaves too..
add in salt
and make into a fine powder
Store them in a sir tight container..


WeR SAHM said... Best Blogger Tips

aromatic and flavourful podi!!! lovely pics!!

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Mom's recipes always rocks, lovely podi.

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice color of podi. I love the addition of garlic and curry leaves.

Spill the Spices

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

i have two questions ..
1- do you wash the dals or use it just like that from the packet ??
2- does addition of garlic makes the powder wet and would not it get spoilt if kept at room temperature ?
3 - how long can this powder be used , without getting spoilt


Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips


1)No we dont wash the dals, it is just sorted for stones or any yucky stuff and then used.

2)No adding garlic doesn't make the podi wet. and it wont get spoiled.

3)It can be use for upto a month. If you are going to use more than that, just put the podi in fridge.

VineelaSiva said... Best Blogger Tips

The podi looks very flavouful Aarthi.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

does the garlic need to be roasted?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousYou dont need to roast garlic..

suchi said... Best Blogger Tips

Could u post how to make sambar podi

Shrikant said... Best Blogger Tips

Up till now we were using MTR Idali Chatani Powder.Thanks
Shrikant tillu

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

idly podi looks wonderful

padma priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely idli powder,can have with idlis and dosas too,love it.

shalini selvi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Aarthi....

This s Shalini
I made this using ur recepie... It tastes very good with Idli & Dosa ...

Also nowadays I am seeing u in TV shows.... Keep Going...

Very pround to say that we were sitting next to each other in the initial days of Yummy tummy(Hope u remember)...

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@shalini selviHai Shalini..How can i forget u da..Just call me some day..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi arthi, Can we add channa dal to this podi

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousIf you want you can add chana dal..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi. How to use the podi. Dry or made into a gravy..

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousTake a tblspn of podi and mix it with some oil, sesame oil is prefered. Have it with idli or dosa.