Idli Milagai Podi

After the sinfully sweet gulab jamuns, here comes an aromatic spice powder - Idli Milagai Podi.
This together with sesame oil makes a tasty and ready made dip for idli, dosa and like.
I don't see the presence of sesame seeds in the shop brought ones. The magic of an aromatic milagai podi lies in the addition of sesame and ellu(sesame) milagai podi is absolutely divine.
Idli(s) coated with milagi podi make a great candidate for travel lunch boxes.

Channa dal - 4 tablespoon
Urad dal - 3 tablespoon
Red Chillies (long ones) - 10 to 12 (If you are making this for kids, reduce the chillies)
Black sesame seeds - 1 to 1.5 tablespoon(Black sesame seeds give a nice smoky flavour. If you do not like the smoky taste and dark color, go for white sesame seeds. If you are using white, you can go for a little more)
Salt to taste
Asafoetida half a tsp

1. Dry roast the dal(s) along with red chillies on a low flame. You can add a little salt to avoid the pungent smell of red chillies. When the dal starts changing color, add the sesame seeds. Roast till the sesame seeds start popping. Add the hing.(Take care that the ingredients don't char)
2. Cool and grind into a coarse powder with salt.

Serving tip:
Take 1 tsp of the spice powder in a plate. Make a well in the center. Add sesame oil(highly recommended) and mix well.
Serve with idli/dosa
Idli coated with milagi podi tastes great for travel.


Prathibha said...

I just love this with ghee for Idlis..

lata raja said...

Enna colour!!!!naalu idli kooda saappittal.....Yummm...

Rohini said...

How much I love this!! I can just eat a cupful with sesame oil, without idlis or dosas!! ;)

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Nice click Sree...
Thank you for sharing!

Rekha said...

Loooks delicious, I add peanuts instead of sesame seeds, but will try with sesame next time.

kitchen queen said...

yum milaga podi my all time favourite with idli and dosai with sesame oil topping.

Vrinda said...

My first visit here...Idli podi sounds so good and totally new to me...will giv a try,...

Chitra said...

I love sesame molapdi... Yummy yum..:)

Anupama said...

Wonderful color!!! Vaasanai inga varaikkum varudhu :-)

my kitchen said...

perfect one with hot idlies.

Sree vidya said...

@ Latha yeah would taste heavenly with idlis
@ Rohini, Kitchen Queen,my kitchen :) can't agree more
@ Prathibha yeah it tastes great with ghee too
@ Rekha Adding peanuts is a nice idea.
I will try the variation, next time
@ Vrindha Thanks for dropping by
Worth trying
@ Chitra,Sandhya,Anupama Thanks dear

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats too good, like the coarsely ground podi...with sesame oil, yumm.

Suresh said...

Dear Vidya,

Take One spoon Idli Milagai Pudi and then "make a WELL" and pour Sesame Oil in the Well.

That is great Vidya