Idli Podi

Idli Podi

Idli Podi is a spicy powder mix that is had as an accompaniment with Idlis. Alternately, Idlis are shallow fried with a coating of this powder.
Course Accompaniment
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 196 kcal
Author Anju Bhagnari


  • 1/4 cup Chana Dal
  • 1/4 cup Urad Dal
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Powder (optional)
  • 5-10 Whole Red Chillies depending on preference
  • 10 Fresh Curry Leaves
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Hing Powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil


  1. Wash the curry leaves well. Spread on a clean towel and let dry.
  2. In a non-stick pan, add the sesame seeds. Dry roast on low flame, with constant stirring to slight color change.

  3. If adding coconut powder and garlic, dry roast them too without adding any oil.

  4. Keep each roasted ingredient aside until further use.

  5. Dry roast the curry leaves.

  6. Remove from pan. Again, in the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of oil.

  7. Add the whole red chillies and let roast till nice smell emanates and color changes. Add hing too. Remove the mixture and keep aside.

  8. In the same pan, Add 1 teaspoon oil and roast with constant stirring, the urad dal, and chana dal, till slight color change. Remove this roasted mixture and keep aside.

  9. Let all the ingredients cool to room temperature.

  10. Now, grind the red chillies and the urad dal with chana dal in a coarse mixture.

  11. Add all the rest of the ingredients and salt and grind to a coarse powder.

  12. Store in an airtight jar. It can be stored for a month in the fridge.

  13. Remove every time with a clean dry spoon.

  14. Use to prepare Idli coated with the podi or as an accompaniment