Idly milagai podi/Gun Powder as it is called, is an important condiment that is kept in every tamilian's kitchen. What is an idly without milagai podi. yes i prefer podi to other chutney's and sambhar. After marriage, when i started cooking here in dubai, this podi one of the recipe, which i never get it right. Amma makes delicious podi, but she doesn't have any particular measurements, it is all eye-ball measurements. So, it was tough for me to adjust the ingredients everytime and find the right ratios.
On a vacation in Chennai, i got this Tiffin Ready Cookbook by Menurani Chellam. The book doesn't contain any pictures, but has delicious tiffin ideas. This podi is inspired from that book, but modified a bit to match our taste.
1 Cup Urad dal
1/2 Cup Chana Dal
1/4 Cup White Sesame Seeds
1/4 Cup Groundnut/Peanuts, Skinless
10-15 nos red chilies
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
Salt to taste
- Dry roast all the ingredients one by one, except salt.
- Grind it to a coarse/fine powder along with salt. I personally prefer lightly coarse powder.
- Store it in an air-tight container. serve it with gingely oil, as a side for idly/dosa.