Idly Milagai Podi/Gun Powder

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, December 01, 2013

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.
This goes to CCChallenge, November-Week 5,  happening @ Cooking4all Seasons, by +Srivalli Jetti .

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  1. Gun powder is a staple in my pantry - I usually buy it or get my granny to make it for me. Saving your recipe - will try it someday

  2. My family has never been hooked to podis as much as I love them..I can have any podi with idli and this just sounds so heavenly!!

  3. I do make this podi, but adding sesame seeds and peanuts are completely new to me. I think they impart unique flavor to this podi. Idly milaga podi looks yumm

  4. i just can't do without this podi, a must in my kitchen

  5. I can never say no for this podi Priya..such an inviting one

  6. This is a staple one in my kitchen...i cant be without this...loved ur flavours...

  7. Podi sounds flavorful and clicks are wonderful as usual.

  8. I usually follow my mom's recipe, but adding peanuts is new to me - must taste divine with Idlis :)

  9. That is such a all purpose spice powder.

  10. Podi look so flavorful and inviting...

  11. wow that an flavorful podi , very inviting !!


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