Whether or not every Tamilian house has rice or sugar or milk, they will definitely have idly milagai podi (aromatic spice powder) stored in an airtight container around the kitchen corner. I am sure you guys would have understood its significance by my-much exaggerated sentence (above) 🙂 We eat idly podi with idli, dosa, upma, adai, sometimes bread too. They are crunchy with a mild spice kick and loaded with the awesome smell of sesame oil, which is used as a liquid medium to make a paste out of it.
Idli Mulagai Podi
- 15 dry red chillies
- 1 cup urad dhal (white lentils)
- 1/2 cup channa dhal (black gram)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp asafoetida chunks (solid variety) or powder
- 1/2 cup horse gram – Kollu/ sesame seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Heat oil in a kadai and cook the solid asafoetida first. If using the powder, we can use it at a later stage.
- Saute each ingredient separately in oil and cool them. Make sure that you don’t burn them. Always have an eye when you saute them. It will take about 5-8 minutes to roast each lentil.
- Once cooled, grind them into a fine powder.
- Adjust salt to taste(use rock salt – if possible).
- Store in a clean air tight container. Enjoy the delicious podi with idli/dosa.