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Milagai Podi

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Milagai Podi

I’m a podi freak. I have mentioned that in one of my earlier posts as well. I keep trying various podi recipes that have their origins in different regions of South India. One such podi that is aromatic with a unique flavor is Milagai Podi. The secret ingredient here is roasted sesame seeds. Sprinkle some of this magic spice powder over dosas or idlis along with a generous drizzle of gingelly oil or ghee and you are assured of a trip to heaven. :)

Milagai Podi Recipe

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsps oil/ghee for roasting the dals and spices

1 cup bengal gram dal/senaga pappu

1/2 cup black gram dal/minappapu

1/2 tbsp black pepper corns

12 dried red chillies

2 tbsps sesame seeds, dry roast for 3 mts

fistful of peanuts, dry roast for 5-6 mts (optional)

1/2 tsp hing/asafoetida/inguva

salt to taste

1 Drizzle oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and roast the channa dal on low to medium heat for 4 mts. Add split gram dal, pepper corns and dry red chilies and continue to roast till the dals release their flavor and turn golden. Finally, add asafoetida and lightly roast for few seconds and turn off heat. Remove onto a plate and cool.
2 Place the cooled dals and spices along with salt, dry roasted sesame seeds and peanuts in a blender and grind to make a coarse powder.
3 Store in an air tight container and serve with South Indian tiffins like dosas and idlis with a generous helping of ghee or oil.

Idli with Milagai Podi, Sweet Ginger Chutney and Coconut Pachadi

Milagai Podi Recipe

Prep time: 0 min
Cook time: 10 min
Main Ingredients: chana dal red chilies

I’m a podi freak. I keep trying various podi recipes that have their origins in different regions of South India. One such podi that is aromatic with a unique flavor is Milagai Podi. The secret ingredient here is roasted sesame seeds. Sprinkle some of this magic spice powder over dosas or idlis along with a generous drizzle of gingelly oil or ghee.

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By • Jul 21st, 2011 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, Podi Recipes, Recipes Vegetable Dishes, South Indian Recipes

  • http://paaka-shaale.blogspot.com Nishi

    Even I am a milagai podi freak. Loved the recipe Sailu :)

  • as

    Hi Sailu:

    Looks yumm.. Btw how much cumin does one use for this?

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Sorry. Its a typo. Its not cumin but pepper corns. Have updated the recipe.

  • pavani

    Hi Sailu,

    I am a big fan of your website. When ever i want to make a dish first i visit ur site and see the varieties of any particular dish (esp green leafy veg). i am also podi freak like u:). nice recipe i will try it. thank u for ur new recipes. keep it up

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Superb podi. got another combo to try..
    Thanks for sharing..

  • http://mharorajasthanrecipes.blogspot.com/ Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    I am too a podi freak, so we are on the same boat. This podi looks awesome and mouth watering.

  • Minka

    My MIL adds roasted coconut and jaggery to the podi and it’s pure heaven. Toast, idli, parathas – it goes into everything we make – errr .. even sprinkle on pizza and mac/cheese

  • devi

    excellent recipe…i liked the “idly pics ”
    too. pl give me the tip to make fluffy idlis.i have a wet grinder still my idlis are not as good as hotel idlys

  • http://recipes4mydaughter.blogspot.com/ Sushma

    Looks yummy!! You made me hungry!! Very nicely presented.

  • Devi

    Love the pictures!! Do you use whole or split black gram dal for this recipe?

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Thank you. I used Split gram dal/minappapu.

  • sunanda

    Hi Sailu, your recipes are very good and I am following your tips for cooking. I have no time to reply for all those recipes that I have tried, sorry. I very much liked this podi for idlis. I am bored with the usual chutneys.

    Kindly clarify my doubt. My children very much like punukulu like small balls sold at Bajji’s & Pakodi’s bandi and we buy them regularly. Yesterday, being a Sunday, I tried to prepare punukulu with mina pappu and rice in equal quantities and soaked for 6 hrs and ground it to a smooth paste, after mixing salt and soda I prepared small balls. After dropping them in hot oil, but after few seconds the balls lost shape and the oil split on to me. what’s the cause I don’t know?

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      You have to add 3 or 4 cups of raw rice to 1 cup urad dal. You should not take equal quantities.

  • http://www.abikitchen.blogspot.com sapthanaa

    a lovely combo.. what else is requuired… I would add a cup of dried curry leaves and grind them too..

  • malini

    lovely and very nice picture. i will try this.

  • malini

    lovely and very nice picture. i will try this.

  • malini

    lovely and very nice picture. i will try this.

  • malini

    lovely and very nice picture. i will try this.

  • dhiya

    Hi,
    I tried this podi.It came out very well.I am new to cooking.Your recipies are very explanatory.so as a new bee it is easy for me to follow up.Thanks once again.