Saturday, June 9, 2012

Idli Milagai Podi (Spicy Chutney Powder) - MTR style

Idli Milagai Podi
Idli Milagai podi is one of the quite essential items in every household esp southindians. I've already posted idli milagai podi which is the version I am sticking to as everyone likes it at home including mittu and the main reason being this version is less spicy and kid friendly.

My sis suggested me to taste MTR idli milagai podi and I so so loved iit. Ever since I tasted it, I had been wondering what are the ingredients that went into the making of it. So one fine day I sat down to google for the recipe and finally found this recipe which is almost a match to the store bought one. MTR version is with very simple ingredients but is spicy and flavourful.
Idli Milagai Podi

MTR Style Idli Milagai Podi - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 3/4 cup
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian0| Recipe Reference: SpiceIndia

Dry Red Chilli - 12
Urad Dhal - 1/2 cup(Splitted or whole)
Hing(Perungayam) - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 10
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1.5 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp


  1. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter, Set aside. In the same pan add red chillies, curry leaves and roast till it turns crispy, keep it aside. Then add remaining 1 tsp oil and roast urad dhal till golden brown.Allow it to cool.
    How to make idli podi - Step1
  2. Then in a mixer - add roasted urad dhal, curry leaves , red chillies, required salt, hing and grind it to a semi coarse powder. Then add mustard seeds and pulse it once just to bring it together.
    How to make idli podi - Step2
Spread the powder in a plate , once cooled down store it in an airtight container.Add ghee or sesame oil and serve with hot idlis.
Idli Milagai Podi

Idli Podi Ghee toast is my lil one's most favourite so I make it often for her snack box.

Idli Nei Podi Toast - Ingredients

Left over Idli - 3
Idli Milagai Podi - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - adjust according to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp

Cut left over idli into cubes, set aside. Heat ghee in a dosa tawa, drizzle the podi - once it starts to splutter add the idlis and give a quick stir so that the podi is coated on all sides. Add salt if required/ Toast for a minute and serve hot.
Idli Milagai Podi

My Notes:

  • If you prefer a less spicy version just reduce the red chillies to half.
  • The orginal recipe uses a pinch of citric acid powder which is nothing but concentrated lemon preserve/ lemon salt, mainly used as a natural food preservative, taste maker and to give slightly sour taste to the podi to match the store bought podi. I didnt add it and its purely optional.
  • If you dont like hing flavour to dominate then add just 1/2 tsp.
  • Make sure there is no moisture in the mixer before grinding it. Also cool down the ingredients completely before grinding.
  • Sesame oil is good for health so add it generously and enjoy ur idlis.
Idli Milagai Podi Toast
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. OMG I love this podi..super yumm..wah wah wah wah wah post :)))

  2. Such flavorful podi..MTR podi is my fav too...Now thx to u I can try it at home... :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. I always use MTR I can make it at home..thanks

  4. wow sharmi U r the best!!
    am definitely going to try this. my husband likes this so much !!!

  5. Loved the idly podi nei toast, simply mouthwatering :)

  6. This is super. I will try it. If you think you can replicate the Grand Sweets one do that too! That is also good.

  7. love the idea of using this podi with leftover idlis..

  8. grt post...i neva had do myself...will try soon..thx for sharin!

  9. hello...
    is idli milagai podi different from karapodi or idli karam podi?if it is different then will u also pls share the recipe for kaarapodi/karam podi....i want this recipe..pls..

  10. @Nimisha : They are both the same just the name differs :)

  11. Makes me hungry,super tempting and irresistible..

  12. Will try this idly podi soon, I too love MTR podi with idlis a lot...your idly podi nei toast looks too inviting!!
    In your last pic, u have named it as "idly Nei Podi Toast" :)

  13. I love the last pic. It makes me want to eat idly and podi right away. I have been a fan of such cut idly mixed with podi since childhood :)

  14. Nice Site and a very simple and easy to follow recipe.

    However the Kerala version of Milagai Podi has a few additions/variations. We would cut down the red chillies 6 and add 2 tablespoons of black peppercorns instead. And for added flavor, dry roast 8-10 sprigs of Karivepila (Curry leaves) and mix it into the roasted lentils before grinding


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