I learnt this recipe from my MIL. Last time when I went to Salem,she kept this podi as side dish for for idli, dosa. Basically Sendhil loves pepper flavored recipes a lot. So my MIL had prepared this pepper podi specially for her son. We loved it very much and I noted down the recipe immediately. As we all know pepper has amazing health benefits. South Indians include pepper in their food by making rasam, milagu kuzhambu & ven pongal. Apart from these recipes, I feel this pepperidli podi is a great way to include pepper in our regular diet. The quantity of pepper consumption is more in this podi. It should be served by mixing with ghee or sesame oil. It tastes the best with hot idli & dosa. Do try this pepper idli podi for a change and reap the health benefits of pepper.Lets see how to make spicy pepper powder for idli and dosa with step by step pictures !
Check out my ellu podi/ Sesame seeds powder for idli, dosa. Its also an interesting & unique recipe .
Hing/ Asafetida - 2 pinches or garlic cloves - 2 nos
Salt - as needed
Cooking oil or sesame oil – 2 tsp
Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai and roast urad dal till golden. Remove in a plate. In the same oil, roast chana dal till golden. Add to the plate.
Add 1 tsp of oil to the kadai and add pepper corns & red chilli. Saute till pepper starts to crackle. Keep the flame medium and saute till most of the pepper corns crackle.Lastly add the hing, mix well and switch off the flame. Crackling helps to reduce the spiciness of pepper. But do it patiently without burning.
Add this to the dal plate.Let everything cool down.Add the required salt and grind to a fine powder. If adding garlic, chop it finely and add it while grinding.
Transfer the powder to an air tight box. Stays good for 2 weeks. After that the flavor of pepper gets reduced. Enjoy !
I have shared the recipe for small quantity. Try this one if you are making for first time. If you like the taste, increase the quantity proportionately.
Do not add more red chilli. The flavor of pepper should be dominant in this recipe.
This podi tastes great when mixed with ghee. But we have it with sesame oil to reduce the calories.
This podi is suitable for idli, dosa, wheat flour dosa and ragi dosa. It doesn’t taste good with rice.
Enjoy this yummy idli podi with idli & dosa adding ghee or sesame oil !