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Idli milagai podi recipe

Idli milagai podi is one of the quite essential items in every household esp southindians
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1/2 cup whole urad dhal
  • 1.5 tsp cooking oil
  • 11 nos red chillies
  • 14 nos kashmiri red chillies
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp hing (Add 1/2 tsp if you like hing flavour more)
  • 1/4 cup curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp tamarind
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seedsRock salt to taste


  • To a heavy bottomed pan heat 1 tsp oil - add urad dal and chillies(both kashmiri and normal red chillies).Roast until golden.Finally add tamarind,curryleaves,salt and hing.
  • Transfer to a plate and cool down completely.Transfer to mixer jar and grind it slightly coarse.
  • To 1/2 tsp oil add mustard seeds let it splutter add it to the mixer jar, pulse it few times(do not grind).Whole mustard should be seen here and there.Spread on a plate and cool down and then store.
  • Serve with gingelly oil.


  • If you prefer a less spicy version just reduce the red chillies to half.
  • The orginal recipe uses a pinch of lemon powder which gives slightly sour taste to the podi to match the store bought podi. I added tamarind instead and its purely optional.
  • MTR idli podi has very dominant hing flavour but I added only 1/4 tsp, if you want you can add 1/2 tsp too.
    Make sure there is no moisture in the mixer before grinding it. Also cool down the ingredients completely before grinding.
  • Gingelly oil is good for health so add it generously and enjoy ur idlis.
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