Thursday, July 12, 2012

Idli Podi

Every South Indian family will have their own version of  making Idli Podi. Some add just dhals, some add nuts to it, some add garlic, and some call it ellu podi by adding lot of sesame seeds. Some call it idli gun powder and I am not sure about the origin of this name.

Mom's version is with garlic and I usually make it that way. This time I tried without garlic . I also added sesame seeds and channa dhal. It came out pretty good.

  1. Dried Red Chillies -2cups
  2. Urad Dhal - 1/ cup
  3. Bengal Gram/ Channa dhal - 1/2 cup
  4. Sesame seeds - one fistful
  5. Salt - as needed 
  6. Asafoetida - 1/ 2 teaspoon
  7. Oil - 1 teaspoon

  1. Heat a heavy bottomed tava, add oil.
  2. Add all the ingredients except salt and asafoetida.
  3. Roast until you get a nice aroma and the lentils should be golden brown in color .
  4. Let it cool down . Grind it along with salt and asafoetida. Some like it coarse and some like it fine.
  5. I made it coarse this time.
  6. Store it in an air tight container
Mix it along with ghee or sesame oil. Makes a great combination for idlis and dosas.