Poondu(Garlic) Podi/Powder

Poondu podi is a simple and easy to make spicy powder with red chillies and garlic which is a condiment for idly and dosa.I had this podi first time in my MIL's place and its my hubby's favorite and learned it from her.This podi is not only as an accompaniment for idly it can be used in the stir fry such as potato,raw banana and to make podi dosa.Since it is a spicy podi it needs to be topped with generous amount of sesame oil or ghee.


Red chilly12-15nos.
Channa dhal(kadalai paruppu)2tbs
Garlic(big size)8-10 cloves
Saltto taste

                       Dry roast the red chillies and channa dhal separately.Pound the garlic with the skin in a mortar and fry it till the color changes and let it cool down completely.
 In a blender first add the red chillies and powder it coarsely,then add in the channa dhal and grind it.Finally add the garlic,salt and pulse it.(not to grind continuously otherwise it becomes like chutney).
Serve it with Idly


  • No need to peel the skin of the garlic and top it with generous amount of sesame oil.
  • Sometimes I add curry leaves for extra flavor and taste.
  • After grinding,if it is not dry, dry roast the powder in a pan which is on a low flame for couple of minutes.It will be powdery after cooling.


I remember similar kind of podi prepared by my MIL. But I am not sure abt the ingredients. Anyway, I like this flavourful podi.

Easy and flavorful spice powder to have in the kitchen.

Super spicy podi...love podi n idly,podi dosa looks yummy!!
Nicely presented..

bookmarked :) ... thanks for sharing

Wow..what a flavourful & spicy podi...loved it Dear.

This podi looks very flavorful...bookmarked..

wow too good i will def make it this week was actually raiding for some tangy podi..

fav one....never tried at home...this looks tempting and yummy. nice presentation.

A lovely flavorful podi...nice clicks

super flavour podi...have to try

Its sure an awesome and flavourful podi

Loved this powder..never had this. Will give it a try :)

I am new to ur site. poondu podi is my first try from ur recipe. After trying this i will send u a feedback

Hi , how r u? yesterday i did poondu podi it was soooo tasty & spicy i love & it's flavor
was ammmmma.

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