Sunday, February 22, 2009

Idli / Dosai Milagai Podi (Chutney Powder)

Here is my mom's recipe ... Her secret ingredients are coconut oil & sesame seeds and this gives a special aroma to the "idli podi"... this is so simple to make... Try this once and you will never think of buying from the store again....

We generally mix this with a little gingely oil (sesame oil) and serve this with idli, dosai, adai etc... I even eat this with chapathi and poori :)...

And some funny ways to mix chutney powder... Mr.B mixes a little curd/yogurt with it... and I top that combination by adding a little sugar to the mixture ;)

What she uses
1/4 cup channa dal
1/4 cup urad dal
10 - 12 dry red chillies
2 tsp of sesame seeds
1/2 tsp of coconut oil
1/2 tsp of sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
Salt to taste
A pinch of sugar
a smal piece of raw hing (or use powder)

How she makes it

In a pan dry roast the sesame seeds. Then add 1/2 tsp of sesame oil and fry the raw hing piece. Reduce the flame to medium - low heat, Add the chillies and saute for 2 - 3 minutes. Spread the chillies, hing and sesame seeds on a plate and let it cool. To the pan add 1/2 tsp of coconut oil, add the dals and roast them until they are golden brown. Cool this and add a pinch of sugar and salt. First grind (use a mixie or a spice grinder) the chillies coarsely and then add the dal and grind this into a slightly coarse powder. Check for taste. It might initially seem to be a little spicy hot, but once it rests for a day, the flavors and the tastes will blend with each other.


1. Keep the pan on medium heat, else the chillies and dal might get burnt and believe me, this causes a lot of smoke.
2. While tasting, if you find the powder very bland, then you can roast more chillies , saltand grind it again.
3. If you find it too spicy, then roast some more dal , salt and add it to the powder.
4. If you find it too salty, add 2 more chillies and a little dal.
5. Though you can store this for 3 - 6 months, mom prefers grinding it in smaller batches, in that way it stays fresh and spicy.

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