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Idli milagai podi recipe | side dish for idli | dosa

by Jeyashri suresh
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.
If you are a huge fan of molaga podi then you must check these recipes too

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



molaga podi 2


  • 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.

idli milagai podi 1

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Shama Nagarajan July 23, 2010 - 6:56 am

yummy one dear…i too say same words to my daughter who loves to take dosa because of this podi

Premalatha Aravindhan July 23, 2010 - 7:01 am

I came here very fast to put my first comment but i missed,excellent milagai podi jeyashri…Luks perfect.

admin July 23, 2010 - 7:07 am

Thanks shamma,
Prema thats also very quick.
thanks a lot

Priya July 23, 2010 - 7:13 am

Yummm!! my favourite..i cant eat dosais or idlies without milagai podi at all..

Suhaina July 23, 2010 - 7:24 am

Romba nalla irukku. I will surely make this Jayashree. Thanks dear.

Priti July 23, 2010 - 7:56 am

Looks yum ..I love all the podi ..I got the same to post too and u know same container too 🙂

Prathibha July 23, 2010 - 8:04 am

Even I love this podi….looks really yummy..perfect combo for idli's n dosa's

தக்குடுபாண்டி July 23, 2010 - 8:42 am

அக்காவோட போஸ்ட்ல முதல் கமண்ட் போடர்துக்கு ஒரு பெரிய போட்டியே நடக்குது போலருக்கு???…:))

மொளகா பொடி எனக்கும் பிடிக்கும், ஆனா ரொம்ப இல்லை, தோசை, இட்லி எல்லாத்துக்கும் எனக்கு ஒரு துண்டு வெல்லம் இருந்தா போதும்.

இதயம் நல்லெண்னெய்க்கு ஜோதிகாவுக்கு அப்புறம் நம்ப ஜெய்ஷ்ரீ அக்கா தான் ப்ராண்ட் அம்பாசிட்டர் போலருக்கு??..:PP

Padhu July 23, 2010 - 8:50 am

Idly with milagai podi and sesame seed oil is simply divine.I do add sugar

Nithya July 23, 2010 - 9:00 am

Such an authentic recipe. I am remembering the days when mom used to pack molagapodi applied on idlis to school 🙂 Nice post 🙂

RAKS KITCHEN July 23, 2010 - 9:00 am

I too make with same ingredients but different ratio 😉 Looks good J 🙂

Sayantani July 23, 2010 - 9:33 am

have heard a lot about Milagi podi but never made or ate them. looks so good. I would love to have this with rice and ghee.

Chitra July 23, 2010 - 10:35 am

I add garlic instead of sesame seeds & hing.. But i wanted to try this once for a long time.My MIL makes this.I love this podi too 🙂

aipi July 23, 2010 - 1:07 pm

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 🙂

PALATABLE July 23, 2010 - 1:11 pm

Looks so authentic and delicious, thanks for sharing dear…


Satya July 23, 2010 - 2:33 pm

milagai podi looks yummy ,in my place also same story ,no body will have idli or dosa without idli podi ….my MIL used to prepare this ,adding sesame is new to me …i will try ur version …thanks for sharing


Sushma Mallya July 23, 2010 - 4:42 pm

i always get it from outside, home made ones are always the best as its so fresh with full of flavours, would love to try it…

SpicyTasty July 23, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Your version of milagai podi is so good and tempting.

Aruna Manikandan July 24, 2010 - 9:27 am

looks perfect and love to have with hot idli's 🙂

Lakshmi Navaneeth July 24, 2010 - 10:50 am

Yummy milagai podi! Can't imagine idli without this …

SpicyTasty July 26, 2010 - 12:15 am

Excellent milagai podi recipe, gotta try your version. Must be delicious and yummy.

Madhu's Culinary July 26, 2010 - 1:00 am

Thanks for ur nice comments akka.I tried ur verson of channa masala, its came out good, we enjoy it.Milagai podi looks great,Idly with milagai podi, Yummyyyy!!!

Gulmohar July 26, 2010 - 10:43 pm

This is a fav in my home too..So this time when I went home got a big packet of this :-)Got to make myself some when that is over 😉

Panchpakwan July 26, 2010 - 11:01 pm

Sounds delicious podi..

Suhaime July 27, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Excellent recipe, must be delicious. Just visit. I luv your photo. TQ

Sharmilee! :) July 27, 2010 - 4:32 pm

My fav too…..looks gud. Like hte pattern made with the lid in the first click 🙂

PranisKitchen July 27, 2010 - 11:37 pm

jayasree thats so delicious milaku podi best for dosa/idli . i used to make the same with urad dal and chillies good one

Jay July 28, 2010 - 10:08 am

Hy dear,
Wonderful presentation.
An award waiting for you at my blog, please collect it

Charanya April 5, 2013 - 4:08 am

Nice recipe. Good proportions. I also added 2 sprigs curry leaves for flavor

vijayam saroja May 5, 2013 - 1:21 pm

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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indira priyadarshini July 11, 2013 - 11:56 am

delicious ma'am

indira priyadarshini July 11, 2013 - 11:56 am

Delicious ma'am!!!

Seetha Bhaskar July 11, 2013 - 2:16 pm

How did you get red color?
I tried the same recipe with channa dhal and pottu kadalai. Taste is good, but I did not get the color.

admin August 5, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Color depends on the variety of red chilli you use

srividyah August 4, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Hi jeyashri can you upload the recipe garlic milagai podi with coconut in it, thank you for your response immediately.

admin August 5, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Ok will learn it and try to post soon

pratima November 19, 2013 - 2:04 pm

do you have a facebook page???

jeyashri suresh November 20, 2013 - 1:38 am

Yes i do have – https://www.facebook.com/JeyashriKitchen

Neela December 1, 2013 - 4:43 am

Very nice presentation with step by step photos. Tnx jeyashri.

Sheela November 16, 2014 - 3:06 am

Recipie looks good. But wanted to know what variety cf red chilli to use?

jeyashri suresh November 17, 2014 - 12:58 am

I used the long variety of chilli.

Dreamhomeforu September 13, 2015 - 12:42 pm

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.

jeyashri suresh September 14, 2015 - 12:38 am

Haha, thank you so much Suganya. Enjoyed reading your comment

Jubailsrini January 25, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Hi, this is divine no doubt. I still miss the way my mom used to prepare it, I'm not getting it.

Shreya Joshi April 4, 2016 - 11:19 am

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.

madhu anvekar June 1, 2016 - 2:52 am

I tried this recipe with the addition of a handful of curry leaves it was yum . Thank you for sharing this recipe . 🙂

Unknown June 15, 2017 - 12:19 pm

Noted idli podi.Revathe narayan


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