Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to prepare Idli Podi ??

One of the best accompaniments to Idli is Idli Podi, meaning Idli Powder. It is nothing but a mix of many lentils. It is mixed with ghee or oil and served with Idli or Dosa. It is prepared in every south indian household and it is served alone or along with chutneys especially, coconut chutney.

Though ingredients for this recipe is quite similar in different regions of south, their ratio differs from home to home. My Mom's Idli podi recipe is very famous; whoever comes to our home takes back a box of this podi. 

I've altered my mom's recipe and mine is less hot as I've included very less chillies and my toddler son is very fond of this podi. He likes only Poondu Chutney or Tomato Chutney. If either of these is not made, he used to have Idli or Dosa as such few months back. Now he has started eating podi along with Idli or Dosa. So I've made it less hot but I find there is no compromise in taste of the podi. My Hus says this is similar to Paruppu Podi because of its color. :)

Now into the recipe:


Urad Dhal (Split/Whole) 1 cup
Sesame seeds (White) 3/4 cup
Dried Red Chilles 10
Channa Dhal (Kadalaiparuppu) handful
Pottukadalai (Roasted gram) handful
Curry leaves 3 springs
Garlic cloves (with skin) 5


In a Pan, dry roast each lentils separately. Dry roast till some of the lentils change their color slightly to light brown. Set aside to cool. Now, dry roast Curry leaves, Garlic cloves and Chillies together. Set aside to cool.

Grind everything together in a mixer once cooled. Make sure the mixer and the pan are dry. Make sure the ingredients are not burnt while frying.

Grind till the mixture transforms to a fine powder. (It will not be as fine as mill ground powder.)But over grinding makes lumps in the mixture. Store in an airtight container.

My Mom uses only 1/2 cup of sesame seeds and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Chillies. If you are looking for hot Idli Podi, (thought not very hot as store bought Idli Podi) try this ratio, you will definitely love it. But you have to prepare it again as this would vanish soon if served with Idli and Dosa often.

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Anonymous said...

Nice Idli Podi.. Mine just got over !! Need to try ur recipe :)

Priya Suresh said...

Very handy and useful podi..My pantry will always have this idli podi,my all time favourite.

Sangeetha M said...

handy n lovely podi, must in my pantry...recently i too clicked few pics to post it on my blog..ur version sounds flavorful...nice clicks!

Hari Chandana P said...

Very healthy podi.. superb clicks!!

Namita said...

Hi, we are north indians who love south indian food very much. Idlis are our favourite. We never tried with idli podi. Now that I have this lovely recipe, will try out soon.

virunthu unna vaanga said...

Its very useful post of idli podi... even i passed most of my hostel days with the podi...

Vimitha Durai said...

My go-to podi when I am lazy... Nice one

Unknown said...

flavorful your version..

Unknown said...

must have in my kitchen.... so perfect with idli!!!
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