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Idli milagai podi recipe | side dish for idli | dosa

Molaga podi recipe updated with video

Milagai podi- a spicy, flavourful powder made by coarsely grinding roasted lentils
and dry chillies. Milagai podi or Molaga podi or Idli podi (commonly referred in
restaurants) is a quick and easy recipe to pair with idli or dosa. We loved this since
our childhood days and have always insisted on having idlis and dosais with this
podi despite our mother making sambar or chutney. I fondly remember my mother
scolding us sisters for finishing off this podi in no time. As we say, history repeats
and now I find myself reprimanding my daughter for doing the same thing.
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Apart from having molagapodi with idli, dosa you can use milagai podi for making Podi sevai and Millet capsicum rice. 

Idli Milagai podi recipe

  Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Yields: 1 and 1/2 cup

     Channa dal   1/2 cup
     Whole Urad dal   1/2 cup (black or white)
     Red chili   15- 20
     Sesame seeds| ellu  3 tblsp
     Oil    1 tsp
     Asafoetida   2 pinches
     Salt    to taste
                                              Video of how to make Idli milagai podi



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  • In a pan add oil and add the channa dal.
  • Roast till it becomes golden brown.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Add the urad dal now. You can use black one or white one.
  • Black ones gives an enhanced taste.
  • Roast till emits a nice aroma.
  • Keep this aside.
  • Now add the red chilies.
  • Roast this for few minutes without getting  burnt.
  • Keep this aside.
  • Add the sesame seeds.
  • You can use black sesame seeds too.
  • Fry this till it starts crackle. Be careful not to get this burnt.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Add the asafoetida and salt to this.
  • Mix well and keep it aside.
  • Allow all the roasted ingredients to cool completely.
  • If you are adding sugar add it now.
  • Powder everything finely in a mixie.
  • If you like it coarse,u can go for it.
  • Store it in a airtight container.
  • Enjoy with idli/dosai by adding sesame oil to it.

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  2. yummm,, the podi looks so spicy with a lovely color.. never made these and always used the store bought, my hubby loves it… your looks like the authentic version… surely going to make it when i make dosais next time.. thanks 4 sharing 🙂

  3. Hi Jeyashri,I am a huge fan of you.Thank you for all ur posts.pleas continue.
    For milagai podi my mother initially fry 1/2 tea spoon of fenugreek seeds,little kadugu and later add other items.It will enhance the flavour.Please try.We use coconut oil only

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  5. Hi Jeyashree i had just been to Chennai and my sister had made this lovely molagapodi. I absolutely loved it. I asked her from where she got the recipe and she said from a blog from the internet. I have a slightly different recipe & i wanted to try a new combo. When i got the link i was surprised… I told myself idhu namma Jeyashree blog. ..Thanks for the lovely recipe…. it's always nice for molagapodi lovers to have a little change in their regular dose of molagapodi.

  6. Actually I am from Maharashtrian family, so I was not very confident about the end result of me making it. Still; I tried this molgapodi recipe..after my friend told me about ur blog. It came out very nice. Now I make it regularly and my daughter loves to have idlis with the same. Thankyou very much to you.


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