Idli podi/Milagai Podi is a coarse powder mixture of ground dry lentils and spices . In Southern India, traditionally use idli podi as a dipping condiment with Idlis, Dosas . A tasty and very handy side dish for almost all South Indian snacks.


Just spread some Sesame oil or Ghee (Clarified Butter) on Hot , soft Idlis , sprinkle this Podi on it and just gobble up this yummiest snack..

Or enjoy it in a traditional way, take a teaspoon of powder on plate, makes a well in the centre, adds sesame or other oil to this crater, and mixes in the powder to form a moist paste. Idli or Dosa dipped into this tasty oil-powder mix, and eaten. It may also be simply added dry to food.

Milagai Podi

Checkout the 3 different varieties of Idli here..

It is a convenient substitute for chutneys and is usually available in most households in Tamil Nadu. Let’s checkout the detailed recipe..


  1. 1 cup Yellow Green Gram skinned / Yellow Moong Dal
  2. 1 cup Black Gram skinned / Urad Dal
  3. 1/4 cup Bengal Gram lentil /Chana Dal
  4. 10-12 Red Dry Chilli
  5. 3 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  6. 1/2 Tsp Hing
  7. 1/2 Tsp Dry Mango Powder (aamchur)
  8. 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  9. Salt as per Taste


To make Idli Podi , we have to dry roast each Lentil separately on a slow flame. Each Lentil takes different times to get roast. At time of roasting , no need to add any oil. Keep stirring occasionally to make sure of perfect roast. Roast till lentils get light brown color.


Always roast on slow flame only. As slow roast gives perfect crunch and aroma to the food.

Now we will roast even sesame seeds .. It will take just few seconds to roast sesame seeds. Even roast dry red chillies . At time of roasting Dry Red chilli, make sure it wont burn. We just have to make it warm. Allow it to Cool Slightly..

Once it’s cool enough to grind, take all lentils in mixer jar . Add salt , dry mango powder and turmeric powder.

Grind a coarse powder. Don’t make very fine powder. It tastes amazing when it’s coarse.

Store in a air tight container.. One can store for long, but I personally Keep for a month or so as Fresh food always taste best. Hope you all will love it as much we do at home..

Would love to listen from you all..

Happy Cooking πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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