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Nellai Milagai Podi | Idly Podi

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Nellai Milagai Podi is an appetizing, flavourful and quintessential condiment in all the South Indian households and eateries as it goes well with idly, dosa and upma varieties. My version of this Milagai Podi is inherited from my Grandma’s recipe that is with the adaptation of Nellai Tamizhar-style Idly Podi.

How to make Nellai Milagai Podi | Idly Podi?

This recipe has good amount of sesame / til and it needs to be had with
sesame oil mixed in it. So, it’s heart-friendly when used regularly. Needless to mention the nutritious value added by urad and channa dals, curry leaves to this humble recipe!

Inclusion of black urad dal as core ingredient gives this recipe a distinctive colour and flavour than usual versions. This recipe can be prepared in bulk and stored in air-tight box. It helps to savour this delicious podi as and when required either in the form of a paste or smeared on idly or dosa. It is an ideal option for tiffin box or as a travel food.

Ingredients

  • Black urad dhal – 1 cup, splitted
  • Channa dal – ½ cup
  • Sesame Seeds / Til – ¼ cup
  • Dry Red Chilies – 25 to 30
  • Asafoetida / Hing – 2 to 3 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 2 to 6 twigs, torn into pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Sesame / Til Oil – 1 to 2 tsp

Method

  • Roast black urad dhal, channa dhal, sesame seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves one by one with little amount of oil till crisp and golden in colour.
  • Bring it to room temperature and grind it into a coarse powder along with asafoetida, sugar and salt. You can grind it finely also as per your taste.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Store it in an air-tight container to keep the flavours intact.
  • It can be served as an accompaniment for idly, dosa and upma varieties.

Notes

  • This recipe stays fresh for 2-3 months. 
  • If you don’t like to use sesame oil, use any
    cooking oil or melted ghee.
  • Either you can have this podi + til oil as accompaniment or smear the podi paste on Idly, dosa vareities.
Mini Uttappams smeared with Idly Podi..best for tiffin box!
Idlies smeared generously with Milagai Podi…awesome tiffin & travel food option!

For more such authentic recipes, plz checkout Thenga Paruppu Thogaiyal, Chia Seeds Idly Powder, Poondu Vengaya Vathakuzhambu, Puzhimilagai, Kambam Kanji with Madhura Kizhangu, Getti chutney.

Happy Cooking!

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Chia Seeds Idly powder | Milagai Podi

Idly powder/ Milagai Podi is a quintessential condiment in every South Indian household. It is made in bulk quantity and relished on a daily basis.

The usual version of idly powder has black urad dal, chana dal, sesame seeds, red chillies, hing and curry leaves. But here, in order to incorporate a superfood in my daily menu, I have used Organic Raw Chia Seeds in place of sesame seeds. Chia Seeds are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber and enhances the nutrient content of the dish greatly. The Milagai Podi can be prepared in bulk and stored in air-tight box for good about 2-3 months. Commonly, idly powder is mixed with sesame / til oil and consumed in the form of a paste as an accompaniment to tiffin varieties. Another interesting way is to smear the podi paste on idly or dosa. This is an ideal option for tiffin box or for packed travel food as the podi and oil coated tiffin stays fresh for a long time.

Ingredients

  • Black urad dal – 1 cup, splitted
  • Chana dal – ½ cup
  • Raw chia seeds – ¼ cup
  • Dry red chilies – 25 to 30 nos
  • Asafoetida / Hing- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 2 to 6 twigs, torn into pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar – ½ tsp (optional)
  • cooking oil – 1 to 2 tsp (Preferably sesame oil)

Method

  • Roast black urad dal, chana dal, dry red chilies and curry leaves one by one with little amount of oil till they are crisp and golden in colour.
  • Chia seeds can be grounded raw (Grounded form of raw chia seeds helps in the optimal absorption of nutrients in our body).
  • Bring the roasted ingredients to room temperature.
  • Grind it into a coarse powder along with chia seeds, asafoetida, sugar and salt.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Store it in an air-tight container to keep the flavours intact.
  • Relish this podi with idly, dosa and upma varieties.

Notes

  • Few interesting ways of using this podi…
  • For preparing podi idly, make a paste of Chia seeds Idly powder with oil/ghee and smear it on both the sides of idly. Serve hot with curd.
  • For onion podi dosa, sprinkle a tsp of Chia seeds Idly powder and chopped onion over the dosa on one side. Flip and toast both the sides till golden.
  • To have it along with plain idly, dosa or upma, just mix the required amount of Chia seeds Idly powder with sesame oil/desi ghee and relish.

For more recipes with Chia Seeds, plz checkout Almond Chia Seeds Laddu, Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds.

Happy Cooking!