Idli Molagai Podi, Classic Iyengar Podi Idli recipe(Podi Idli)

classic Iyengar Style Idli Podi Recipe, Idli Molagai Podi(Idli Chilli Powder), How to make Podi Idli using Homemade Idli Podi. Making Perfect crispy and tasty Podi for ildi dosa is easy and all you need is little patience and Love. Buying idli podi from shop is not only unhygienic, it’s very expensive so much of added color and salt. Making our own idli podi we know how it is made and it stays fresh for long. We can survive without chutney but without idli podi is very difficult. If you like to see the hotel style idli pod I have already shared the recipe of MURUGAN IDLY SHOP IDLI PODI RECIPE you can check that too. There are several versions of Healthy Homemade Idli Podis like

  2. Guntur Idli Podi recipe,
  3.  Flax seeds idli milagai podi
  4.  Paruppu podi
  5. Kollu podi
  6. Poondu Milagai podi.


Idli podi or milagai podi is nothing but condiments which is usually served with idli or dosa. It is commonly called இட்லிப் பொடி in Tamil, ഇഡ്ളി പൊടി in Malayalam and కారం పొడి in Telugu. It is a form of coarse spice powder made from the mixture of ground dry spices that typically contains dried chilis, urad dal, chana dal, salt and sesame seeds. The spice mix is commonly referred to in informal speech as “gunpowder” or “Molaga podi” or “chutney powder”. It is generally mixed with gingelly (sesame) oil or melted ghee when it is served alongside idli or dosa.

How to grind idli batter in Mixie,  How to grind idli batter in Grinder, How to make Soft Mallipoo Idli recipe, these are some post help you to make the idli maavu. Check the post if you want to prepare super soft idlis.

Learn how to make Milagai Podi (Gun Powder) at home with Video:

Idli Podi Ingredients and substitutes:

The measurement given below yields 500gms of idli milagai podi, if you want lesser quantity you can reduce it or for more quantity double it. Also I mentioned the less spicy version of idli podi which is suitable for kids. you can adjust spicy level which is suitable for you! Please follow the proper measurement to get the tasty idli podi.

  • 1/2 cup urad dal You can use the black urad dal too
  • 1/3 cup chana dal
  • 1 tbsp black or white sesame seeds
  • 6 to 7 dried red chilies
  • few curry leaves(optional, but gives good flavour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Hing
  • 1 tbsp oil for roasting

other than above ingredients we can use black pepper too.

How To Roast Lentils For Making Gun Powder:

First and most important step in making the idli podi is roasting. if one ingredient burn or not properly roast it will collapse the whole podi taste. so make sure you keep the heat on low flame also the dals all roasted individually. SECRET: Roasting in more oil makes the podi tasty and stay the crip for long!

Heat a heavy bottom pan or kadai add 1 tbsp oil. Add Urad dal roast it on low flame. Once it turn golden remove from the pan and transfer to a plate. Now roast the chana dal, transfer it and roast the hing cakes(if you are using hing powder add it while grinding no need to roast). Finally add chili, sesame seeds roast it. Let them cool down completely and then powder it along with a 1.5 tsp of salt. The Powder should be a coarse powder not fine. Make sure the mixie jar is clean and dry

The Idli Podi is ready now! Store in an airtight container. It will stay good for a month.

NotesTransfer it to an airtight container, otherwise, it may lose its flavor, aroma, and color.
You can store this homemade powder in an airtight container for about 6 months in the refrigerator. At room temperature, you can store it for 3 months.

Podi Idli or Podi tossed Idli:

  1. Take a plate or bowl and add 2tbsp oil and 2 tbsp podi mix well and make a paste.
  2. Toss well to coat. Set aside for few mins.
  3. After few mins(5 mins) the podi is fully absorbed the oil and it is very soft.
  4. Serve it. This idli is good for lunch box or travel.

More Idli recipes like Kavuni Arisi Idli(red rice idli), Maapilai Sambar Arisi IdliRagi Idli recipe, Kothamalli idli recipeStuffed idliKanchipuram idli. Hope this post will help you to make Perfect Idli Podi or Podi Idli at Home. If you have any Doubts about making idli milagai podi or If you want any specific recipes you can email me at Do Follow me on Instagram for more Recent updates and every cooking recipe video

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