Idli / Dosa Podi

Idli / Dosa Podi

Idli / Dosa Podi

Kerala Idli Podi / Dosa podi is a side dish which is served along with idli / dosa made with a mixture of urad dal, channa dal, and various other spices. Kerala Idli podi or milagai podi,how we call it is a dry spicy powder mixed with ghee or sesame oil, used as an accompaniment for Idli and dosas. This is very aromatic, flavorful, spicy and tasty powder a lot better than the store bought one. It is also used as a chutney substitute while travelling or for tiffin or lunch boxes. Basically this podi is a dry powder made with lentils and red chilies. There is some spiciness and heat in a typical milagai podi. There is a variation of idli podi called as gun powder which is spicy and includes more red chilies as well as garlic.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 people



  • Dry roast the urad dal , garlic cloves and toor dal together till the toor dal becomes light brown and urad dal starts changing the color.
  • Allow the mix to cool down completely.
  • In a mixer, grind the cooled mix of lentils to a smooth powder, adding the chili powder, salt and asafoetida.
  • Once prepared, this chutney powder can be stored in an air tight container for 3-4 weeks.
  • While serving with idli or dosa, take 1-2 tsps of the powder, add 1 tsp of coconut oil and mix.


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