You can find Idly milaga podi (Chutney powder) in almost every house in Tamil Nadu as its a traditional and best dish for Idly/Dosa. There are many variations in Idly Mulaga podi and one of the commonly used method is given below.

Idly Milgai podi / Idly podi / Chutney powder
Idly Milgai podi / Idly podi(Chutney powder)

Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins

Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Red Chilli1 handfull
Urad dal (Ulatham paruppu)3/4 cup
Chana dal (Kadalai paruppu)1/4 cup
Asafoetida (Hing)1 tea spoon
Salt1 tea spoon (or to your taste)
Oil1 teaspoon

  1. Heat little oil in pan, and add mustard seeds when the oil is hot. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add urdhal and channa dhal.Fry the Urad dal and Chana dal in the kadai (pan) along with asafotedia till the color of the dal changes to light brown. Keep the flame in medium while frying.
  2. Add the 1 tea spoon oil in the pan and fry the Chill till the colour of the chilli changes to light brown. Keep the flame in low so that it wont burn the chilli. Keep the fried chillies aside to cool before grinding.
  3. Grind the fried red chilli to a fine powder.
  4. Add the fried dals,Salt and grind it. Make sure that you don't grind it too fine. It would be good if you grind it little coarse
  5. The Idly podi is ready to serve with hot idly

Idly Milgai podi / Idly podi / Chutney powder
Idly Milgai podi / Idly podi / Chutney powder

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  1. Dear mami,

    Do you also add sesame seeds to this?

  2. Dear Malathy,
    No, we don't add Sesame seeds into this. But I make the another variety of the gun powder using Sesame seeds. Please check this link for the same.

  3. if sesame seeds are added the taste will be very my opinion

  4. I add horse gram too (koLLu) in equal proportion. Is very healthy. Some add flax seeds as well.

  5. dear madam,
    your milagai podi recipe is no doubt it is good only.if u can add roasted til seeds it will give very good aroma and still good taste.