Idly Milgai podi / Idly podi (Chutney powder)

You can find Idli 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. It is handy to have homemade idli podi in home. Most of the time, especially on the weekdays, we would be busy to make chutney or sambar for idli, this Idli Powder is so easy for us to serve with idli. Idli podi mixed with gingelly oil and coated on both the sides of the idli, is a perfect travel friendly dish and also a lunch box dish. I usually add less spice as I keep this for my kids lunch box. So, if you are spice lover, you can increase the spice. Try this version of Idli Milagai Podi and share your experience!

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

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Dear mami,

Do you also add sesame seeds to this?

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.

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

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

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.

How many number of RED chillies should we add If i dont want it to bê too spicy?

Dear madam, I am a regular visitor of your website have tried many dishes and made my family happy.thank you sooooo much for varieties of dishes.

I have one question to ask you to point out to me where I am going wrong.
Whenever I make idlypodi, it is slightly bitter in taste sometimes bitter taste is little more prominent. Color ,ingredients are all the same except I add little tamarind and jaggery for my liking.could please tell me,is it the way I fry red chilies ( I don't fry too dark or black) or hing I am using .please help me.
Thank you so much in advance.

Hi Vasanthi, thanks for your message. My MIL also add little tamarind. I guess the hing might be more. Just try adding little less than usual . Also red chillies just saute it just for few seconds.

How long can we store this idli powder

Store it in air-tight container and refrigerate for a longer shelf life

If we grind mustard seeds I think it will give bitter taste



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