Idli Milagai Podi

Makes: 500 gms approx.


Channa Dal – 1 cup

Urad dal – 1 cup

Red chillies – 2 cups (or) around 40 chillies approx.

Sesame seeds – ½ cup

Curry leaves – a handful of leaves

Salt – 2½ teaspoons

Hing – ½ teaspoon

Jaggery – 1 teaspoon

Sesame oil (Nallennail) – 1 teaspoon (for roasting)


  1. Roast the channa dal and urad dal together in a teaspoon of sesame oil until golden brown and keep aside.
  2. In the same pan roast the sesame seeds until spluttering and keep aside.
  3. In the same pan roast the red chillies in low flame until they turn slightly brown in colour and get puffed up.
  4. In the same pan roast a handful of curry leaves for about ½ a minute or so.
  5. Allow all roasted ingredients to cool down.
  6. Grind the red chillies first and keep aside.
  7. Grind the roasted dals, curry leaves and sesame seeds together adding salt, hing and jaggery.
  8. Grind to powder according to your preferred texture.
  9. Add the ground chillies and run the mixer grinder for a few seconds to ensure mixing.
  10. Store in an airtight container.