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Idly Podi

 I remember as a kid, my mom used to give idly coated with idly podi for school. By the time I get to eat it, the idly will be well soaked in the spicy podi. It is a heavenly taste! My mom makes it only during the unavoidable situations when she was not able to prepare any other dish, as idly podi is an instant mix.  But I love it! And keep waiting for that day. Idly podi is a coarse powder, with a mixture of grounded dry spices that typically contains dried chillies, urad dalchana dal, and salt and sesame seeds. Tamilians traditionally use idly podi as a side dish for idly, or dosa varieties.

                  Idly podi is also called dosa podi in Kerala. A spoon of powder is mixed with sesame or other oil to form a moist paste. It is a convenient substitute or chutneys and is usually available in most households in Tamil Nadu


Net wt. : 250 gm

Recipe Category : Side dish

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian

Author : Anuja Deenadayalan



  • 150 gm urad dal

  • 100 gm chana dal

  • 20 cloves garlic

  • 50 g gingelly oil 

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon of pepper

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 15 dry red chillies

  • ½ teaspoon of asafoetida powder 

  • salt



  1. Dry roast the urad dal to golden brown in a kadai in medium flame and keep it aside.

  2. Dry roast chana dal, red chillies, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, and pepper.(Roast each of them separately)

  3. Peel the garlic and crush it. Roast it by adding 1 teaspoon of oil till it turns into crispy and golden brown.

  4. Roast the required crystal salt.

  5. Allow it to cool. 

  6. Add the asafoetida powder to the roasted items and grind everything together coarsely. 


       Spicy and yummy Idli Podi is ready!  Serve it with idly or dosa.


Tips / variations:  

  •  If crystal asafoetida is used, roast them in oil before grinding.

  • Adding a handful of curry leaves will give a good flavor. 


Shelf Life: 

  • It can be stored for 2 months in an airtight container.


Nutrients value: 

  • Chana dal is highly nutritious even when it is roasted or powdered or steamed. It is rich in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol. 

  • Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. It helps blood flow, lowers cholesterol, and stops heart disease.

  • Asafoetida helps reduce bloating and other stomach problems.

  • Urad dal is good for digestion and also prevents constipation and thus benefits health.

  • A sesame seed reduces inflammation and helps to lower Blood Pressure.