Though there are many recipes to make milagai podi and every family has their own traditional family recipe but the main ingredients remains the same, just different ratios of ingredients or few more or less ingredients to be added . Addition of tamarind , jaagary and curry leaves is optional in Milagai podi ,you can add or skip them .
Traditionally idli Malga podi is served mixed with little sesame oil but you can use ghee or have plain like I do. Idlis smeared with malga podi and ghee taste wonderful and also very good to pack in kids lunchbox .
I loved it with plain steamed rice or even with roti and parathas.This spicy and flavourful Milagai podi goes well with almost every thing, Milagai podi is also a very good accompaniment as a dry chutney and easy to carry along for travelling and journey.
Prep time -20 min
Difficulty level – easy
Spice level – medium
Cuisine – South Indian
Type – powder,side
yield – 1.5 cup
- Bengal gram /chana dal -3/4 cup
- White lentil /urad daal -3/4cup
- Kashmiri red chilis/lal mirch -15
- Sesame seeds / till – 1/4 cup
- Methidana /fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
- Whole coriander seeds/sabut dhaniya -2 tbsp
- Salt /namak – 1.5 tsp
- Asafoetida- /hing – 1/2 tsp
- Dry tamarind /Imli -2 tbsp
- Jaggary /gur -2 tbsp
- Cooking oil – 1 tsp
- Whole pepper corn /sabut kali mirch – 10
- Dried curry leaves-1 cup
- In a pan add oil and both lentils/daal.
- Roast till they become red in color.
- Now remove the roasted daal from the pan and keep aside.
- Add sesame seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns in the pan and dry roast till they give a nice aroma.
- Remove from the pan and keep aside
- Dry the curry leaves in the microwave for a minutes or dry under the fan.
- Add 2 tsp of oil in the pan and add the kashmiri red chilies and roast for a minute on low heat.
- switch off the flame and then add the curry leaves and asafoetida and stir for few seconds .
- Let the ingredients cool down completely.
- Grind the roasted ingredients, jaggary, salt and tamarind in the mixer to make a coarse powder.
- Store in an air tight jar.