Idli Podi

Milagai Podi also known as Idli podi is a mixture of ground spices like dried red chillies, split black gram, Bengal gram and sesame seeds. South Indians, specially the Tamilians use Milagai podi as a condiment on idlis, dosas and other South Indian dishes. It is mixed with sesame oil or ghee while serving.  Whenever I have leftover idli batter, I make mini masala idlis using milagai podi. It makes for a great tea time snack. Lets have a look at the recipe of milagai podi.


10 to 12 dried red chillies
½ cup udad dal (split black gram)
¼ cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
¼ cup til (sesame seeds)
10 to 12 curry leaves
1/2 tsp oil

Milagai Podi


  • Heat a pan and add 1/2 tsp oil.
  • Roast the red chillies for 5 to 7 minutes and keep them aside.
  • In the same pan, dry roast the chana dal till they change colour and give out aroma.
  • Remove and keep it aside.
  • Then,  roast the udad dal till they change colour and give out aroma. Keep it aside.
  • Further roast the sesame seeds. When they start spluttering, remove and keep it aside.
  • Roast the curry leaves.
  • Allow the roasted ingredients to cool down.
  • Remove chilly stems  and discard.
  • Transfer all the roasted ingredients to a mixer jar and grind them together to a coarse powder.
  • Store in an airtight container.



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