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January 18, 2013


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This is my mom's idli milagai podi recipe with garlic. I love this idli podi. I like the one with sesame seeds as well. But my husband & my daughter likes idli podi with garlic. I learnt this recipe from my mom.When I was in school and college, I used to carry mostly idli or dosa with this podi for lunch . I love to eat this more than rice varieties. My doter is also the same like me Winking smile. I’ll soon post my favourite sesame seeds/ Ellu version with dal Smile. Please refer notes section for variations..

1 cup - 250ml
  • White round urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • Chana dal – 1/4 cup
  • Red chillies – 15-20 nos
  • Hing/Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 12 nos (Peel the skin & chop into small pieces)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt – As needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tsp

  • Heat a kadai with 2 tsp of oil and roast the dals adding hing till u get a nice golden color & aroma.Add few curry leaves at the end and saute well.
  • Remove the dals in a plate. In the same kadai , roast the red chillies. in medium flame till it becomes crispy. Make sure you don’t burn them.
  • Once everything cools down, grind it to a coarse powder running twice. Then add the salt & peeled ,chopped garlic pieces.Grind it again to make a slightly coarse or fine powder as you like.
  • Store in an air-tight box and enjoy with idli/dosa ! It stays good for 2 weeks with nice garlic flavor.

Garlic flavoured idli podi is ready !! Add sesame oil while serving.

  • Adjust the amount of red chillies based on ur taste.
  • Garlic pieces will be ground well even when u add at the end. If u want, u can add it along with dals & red chillies.
  • My mil makes the same podi adding hing alone. It also tastes good. Try for variation.Add more hing when u try this version.
  • Sometimes I add few curry leaves while frying the dals which gives a nice flavour.

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Prathima Rao said...

Looks very aromatic...Must try your version soon.. :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Chitra said...

Thanks prats :)Please let me know if u try :)

Shobha Kamath said...

Very flavourful - addition of garlic is new to me. Must try it out.
Shobha Kamath
Ladle Brush & Spade

great-secret-of-life said...

very flavourful.. I can have this with anything

Indian Khana said...

flavorful and yum

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Flavorful and delicious podi...perfect with soft and fluffy idlys...

Unknown said...

Idli podi looks the bottle.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Love to have idli podi with all tiffin.

Suja Manoj said...

Real comfort,spicy and yummy podi,love it

Unknown said...

nice and flavorful podi, thanks for sharing.

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divya said...

Delicious & yummy podi..

Mahi said...

I make almost the same podi, but no garlic! :) shall try your version next time.

Unknown said...

all time fav.but mom makes exactly u did.thanks for sharing

Julie said...

flavorful one,bookmarked dear!!
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divyagcp said...

If this podi is there, my hubby will not even need chutney for idly dosa.. Love your version too..

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Priya Suresh said...

I dont add garlic cloves in my idly podi, flavourful podi.

Rinku Naveen said...

Have heard a lot about this podi. Would love to try it

lata raja said...

Addition of garlic makes it more flavoursome. Nice podi.

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Girija Sriram said...

hi chitra,
Love your receipes. The way you tell is v.simple and provokes the reader to try it.

i have a question , won't adding garlic to the mixture while grinding not make the powder wet ?

Girija S

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your sweet words:) Here we are chopping garlic into small pieces and the quantity of powder will be more than the garlic. so the powder won't become wet. Grind the cloves at the end after grinding the powder coarsely. It will come out well :)