Dosa Milaga Podi/Idli chutney powder
The other day I was returning after dropping the husband at his work place. The weather was just the way I like it - cloudy, threatening to rain although not meaning it, the scent of wet ground wafting through, helped by the blowing breeze. Overcast clouds energise me. So I had this window down and driving along with A R Rahman playing merrily in my car. At a signal, another car was closely by and I saw this elderly woman moving her head to ARR's tunes. Our eyes met and she asked me for the album since she liked it! Such scenes are rare in America esp. at a traffic light! That's has to be the musicians credit, I guess :) Any tamilian with even a little interest in movies would surely remember this pic. A pic of Actress shalini biting off a red chilli - from the movie Alaipayuthey in Pachai Niramey song - This was the song I was listening to.
Dosa Milaga Podi/Idli chutney powder
Dosa Milaga Podi/Idli chutney powder
Talking of red chillies, today's recipe is also all about red chillies. The hotness of dish is of special significance with people in South of India - we like our dishes not very spicy but hot ( pls. note the difference between spicy and hotness). I love to eat food with lots of heat and i especially love this Idli powder called Milaga Podi where Milaga stands for "Chilli" and Podi stands for "Powder". This chilli powder is not same as the ones you get at the stores under that name. This one has a blend of lentils and that which is most often enjoyed with typical South Indian dishes like Idli's and Dosa's At one point I was so crazy about it that I used to have it with E V E R Y T H I N G - even curd rice! The recipe is immensely simple and quick to make
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  • Yields: Makes around 2 cups
  • Approx 2 cups dried red chillies, with stems removed (or more if you like heat)
  • about 1/2 cup split black gram (urad dal)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • salt to taste
1. In a skillet, heat 1 tsp of vegetable oil and saute all the ingredients together until the lentils turn aromatic and lightly red.
2. Cool well and then blend it in a food processor after adding salt to taste
3. If not cooled properly, the powder will have lumps.
And thats it - store in an air tight container and every time you go for idli's/dosa's, take required amount of powder, add some vegetable oil/sesame oil, mix and then scoop it with a dosa/idli piece and enjoy
Dosa Milaga Podi/Idli chutney powder

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By Reena on May 17, 2011

20-25 red chillies

1/2 cup chana dal

1/2 cup urad dal

1/2 tblsp rai



take a spoon of vegetable oil and fry all the ingredients till golden brown in colour. allow to cool it properly grind to a fine pawder, i kept it coarse. can be preserved in a airtight container. while serving add spoon of oil mix well and serve with hot idlis.I use it to sprinkle on the dosas also and beleive it tastes very nice. Use pure coconut oil for more wonderful taste.


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By Gauri on Jun 5, 2014

I made it this morning, following your recipe, and it turned out to be yum! I only added a few coriander seeds for a different flavour. But a big thumbs up to you! You are doing a fantastic job :)

By Taher Kagalwala on May 9, 2014

:wink: Just to inform all the southies here that the same music was copied to a Hindi film called Saathiya ... and there, it is the title song of the movie, starring Rani Mukherjee and Vivek Oberoi. Maybe the story is also the same. This powder looks awesome. Will try it.

By Vinay on Jan 27, 2014

Hi there, hate to be anal about this - but would you know the calories in a tablespoon of the pudi? Thx. Vinay

No idea. But there are calorie counters on the web that might help you. --DK

By saidevotee on Jan 5, 2014

How about adding corriander seeds too for this dosai powder. Adding these will be less spicy and not pungent.

By Siri on Jun 13, 2013

Hey babes, am making this podi now along with 1/2 cup of roasted flax seeds. Will let u know how it turned out to be. Hugs. :D Siri

By Sid on Nov 15, 2012

Thanks! I like this different recipe, came out spicy but tasty. Having multiple recipes keeps the palate interested, so this is a keeper PS: I find how comments in Indian recipe sites are not related to trying or improving the recipe unlike Food Network, Allrecipes, etc. It does not add value IMHO.

I unfortunately have to agree! But I also think its more a blogging platform thing...--DK

By Vijayendran on Dec 5, 2011

Have you tried adding a tablespoon of WHITE SESAME SEEDS to your Melagai Podi DK. That is I suppose the true traditional Tamil Bhramins Malegai Podi. Awesome combination. About 12/15 leaves of dry fried curry leaves make it even more better.

By Kavita on Nov 17, 2011

Hi, I am an ardent follower of ur recipes...wish i had time enough to try them all...and so now when i want to know of something related to a south indian dish, you were first on my mind...I recently had idli coated with Milaga podi (or Gun Powder, as the non SIs fondly call it :wink: )and I am curious to know how to do it...Could you be kind enough to add this new dish to ur blog and as always make it intersting and simple with your step by step pics...I look forward to wish to be granted

By Sandy on Jul 26, 2011

I love this podi...i was just curious if the lentils does need to wash to remove the dirt ? I never used lentils without washing. any other way to clean them before saute ? Thanks !

By Aparna on Apr 24, 2011

Ummm... Is this the same podi they serve in Chutneys in Hyderabad... They used to serve it with idlis laced with ghee... something called "Guntur Idli". I remember it being paprika red...

By Krithika on Feb 22, 2010

:-P Hi im glad that i got to visit your page as i find it pretty alluring, the way u have portrayed the food preparation process that even a person who doesnt like to cook wud wanna try.Great pictures.Keep up.I love to cook and wish to try out your receipes too. Thanks for sharing

By roma on May 20, 2009

Nice pictures with detailed description. Thanks for sharing. The pudi looks delicious.

By Lisa on May 19, 2009

This sounds great! I've been cooking a lot of South Indian dishes lately and really enjoy the hot factor. I'll have to make some of this. Great idea. Lovin' all those red chilies :)

By Gita Jaishankar on May 19, 2009

Nice podi DK...usually I add 1 cup of chilies...your looks so tempting and spicy...I should also start adding more chilies in my idli podis...yum :)

By vinolia on May 19, 2009

I love arrahman songs and all maniratnam movies and the idli podi too :) yesterday I had idlis, and I just enjoyed the idli podi with nallennnai (inspite of having kurma ) yummmmm that is something:) you have a different recipe, will try it next time :) nice color!

By Priya on May 19, 2009

Idli podi looks amazing DK...i wont add mustard seeds, will try with mustard seeds next time!

By Parita on May 19, 2009

Wow i love this chutney powder..yummy with idlis and dosas..nice clicks :)

By prathibha on May 18, 2009

Nice podi....looks to hv with idli with some ghee..

By sig on May 18, 2009

I hope A.R.R. gets so famous that people all over the world will listen to his old tunes, those were the best! I love this song, Pachai niramey, just listened to it again, thanks for the link!

By Deesha on May 18, 2009

Iam not a "love the sun' kinda person either. I love monsoons ... I love ARR too, awesome music .. Thos podi is such a staple at home .. I'd love thos with steamed rice & some ghee or oil on top

By Ramya Vijaykumar on May 18, 2009

Wow its been ages since I ever had this podi, mmm after I came here I exhausted the stock that my mom send with me but after that i dint wanna make it since it was too hot and I also fell for, such a sucker... About ARR's oh I have these songs in my ipod and love to hear them on the train!!! oh this song is an amazing one, infact all the songs in the movie are admirable!!!

By suparna on May 18, 2009

hi, I love the look of ur blog :) beautiful! I love home made podis, your spiced powder looks nice, it's great that this powder can be used with so many eats...haven't tried with rice shall do it sometime. Thanks for the recipe DK. TC

By Divya vikram on May 18, 2009

Pretty pics Dhiv! And Jai Ho ARR!

By Kanchana on May 18, 2009

Interesting recipe Dhivya, do you use mustard seeds or sesame seeds? I like the second picture! Hi Kanch, I use mustard seeds....Its great to see u back to blogging! :)