Idly Milagai Podi(Spice Powder)

Idly milagai podi is a flavorful spicy powder made of lentils and red chillies which is an accompaniment for idly and dosa.It can be mixed with generous amount of sesame oil or ghee.My son likes to eat idly with milagai podi,so its a must in my pantry.I make it often and store it and lots of variations can be made.Here is the simple version of milagai podi.


Red chilly15-20nos.
Channa dhal(kadalai paruppu)1cup
Urad dhal(ullutham paruppu)1cup
Curry leaves2sprigs
Saltto taste


                  Roast the red chillies till it becomes crisp and remove it.Then roast the channa dhal,urad dhal in a medium flame to a golden brown color.Now add in the curry leaves and asafoetida and fry it for a while.Let it cool down completely.
Put the red chillies and dhal together and grind it to a coarse powder with salt.
Store it in an air tight container.

Enjoy it with idly....

  • Sesame seeds(a tsp) and garlic(3 cloves) can be added for extra flavor and taste.
  • Black pepper and cumins seeds can also be added for extra taste.


right now eating rava dosa with podi but still your podi idly tempting me a lot :) lovely presentation n clicks!!

Yum! We make a slightly different recipe and we use it with coconut oil too!

This looks really good Nalini.... I will certainly try.Thanks for sharing.

I love this but can never get it perfect. So when Amma was here, visiting us, I got her to make some for me. Ive frozen some of it too! Good job with this!:)

Lovely podi recipe ....perfect with Idlis:)

wow. Very lovely.I like the mortar and pestle. Very neat and superb presentation.

its my fav..perfect with idli nd dosa..

Very nice idli and milagai podi with nall ennai

would luv to hav anytime with Idli :) lovely preparation

Looks super duper delicious :)

wow delicious podi,love it with idly:)

Today I made this according to your proportion, came out nicely.....Thanks

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