Chutney Podi / Molagai Podi / Idly Podi

Chutney Podi

Podi” in most of the South Indian language means powder. Idly podi or Chutney Podi is a Chutney in the form of powder usually consumed with idlis and dosas and this powder is usually mixed with a little sesame oil before being eaten.
Growing up, I use to see my mother and grand mother prepare literally all the spice powders at home, be it Sambar powder or rasam powder. This is my grand mother’s recipe. Very quick and easy. If you think buying from a shop is easy, then you really got to try this quick recipe out makes it healthier and easier.


• Urad dal 1 cup
• Chenna dal 1 cup
• Sesame seeds ¼ cup
• Red chilli 6 to 7 out of which 2 were Kashmiri for colour
• Asafoetida ¼ tspn
• Salt
• Sesame oil ¼ tspn


• Heat a pan and dry roast the sesame seeds without oil and transfer it to a plate.
• Using the same pan, heat sesame oil and add Asafoetida, chenna dal, urad dal and fry for until they turn golden brown, now add the red chillis and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes.
• Transfer to a plate along with Sesame seeds and allow it to cool and bring it to room temperature.
• Once it cools down completely grind them coarsely in a mixer grinder along with salt.
• Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool before you bottle it. Your Chutney podi is ready to be eaten with Idly and dosa.