Sunday, March 14, 2010

Milagaai Podi

Hi!After a long time !
Milagaai podi is a typical Tamil nadu dry chutney which when mixed with oil tastes yummy along with idlis,dosas, adais etc...This is a must in every Tamilian's kitchen.This milagaai podi recipe was given to me by my mother. Again there are number of variants in milagaai podi also.Not only milagaai podi,there are lots of other dry chutney powders in Tamil nadu,which i ve collected meticulouly from many sources and am planning to post one by one.


Channa Dal /kadalai paruppu/Bengal gram  1 cup
Udad Dal /uluttham paruppu/ black gram 1 cup
White Til/Ellu/Sesame seeds  1/2 cup
Whole Red chillies  2 Cups
Hing/Asafoetida/Perungayam 2 Tsps
Haldi/Turmeric/Manjal 2 Tsps
Salt to taste
Oil 2 Tsps


1.Dry roast Channa dal,Udad dal separately in a kadhai till golden and wait for the unique flavour of these dals.Can add little oil while roasting halfway.Transfer the contents to a plate.
2.Roast Til/Ellu separately in the kadhai till they splutter and become light golden.Unpolished Til gives a unique flavour while roasting whereas polished Til doesn't.It is always better to use unpolished Til.Add the roasted Til to the roasted Dals.

3.Add little oil in the  kadhai and roast the red chillies lightly. while roasting chillies please take care that children are away otherwise the hot smoke may cause problems like uncomfortable sneezing.Add the roasted chillies to the above mixture.
4. Add Salt, Hing, Haldi to this mixture and make a coarse powder of this mixture in a mixer.
5.Milagaai podi is ready.Add little oil to this podi and a lipsmacking accompaniment to Idlis are ready.
6.My Husband prefers to take milagaai podi with Curd to Oil.So can give it a try.

I would like to give the ingredient list for variants of Milagai podi.

Milagai podi (Variant 2)


Udad dal/ulutham paruppu- 1 cup
Channa dal/kadalai paruppu - 1 cup
Whole dry red chillies - 2 cups
Black Til/sesame seeds/Ellu 1 cup
Hing/asafoetida 2 tsp
Jaggery powder - 2 Tbsp
Tamarind/puli - 1 small lemon size
Scrapped coconut - 1 cup
Mustard/kadugu - 1 tsp
salt to taste

Roast coconut till moisture free separately.Dry roast dals,chillies,sesame seeds separately.Add salt,hing,haldi,jaggery and make a coarse powder in Mixer.

Milagai podi (Variant 3)


Udad dal - 2 cups
Channa dal - 1 1/2 cups
Whole dry Red chillies 1 1/2 cup
Hing - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds/Ellu/Til 2 tsp
Roast the ingredients properly and make a coarse powder.

Milagai podi (Variant 4)

Udad dal - 2 cups
Channa dal - 1 1/2 cups
Whole dry red chillies - 1 1/2 cups
Hing/Asafoetida/Perungayam 2 tsp
Jiragam/cumin seeds/Jira - 1/2 tsp
Black pepper/Milagu/Miri -1 tsp
Tamarind/Puli/Chinch - small lemon size
Garlic/poondu/Lesoon - 8 to 12 cloves
Curry leaves - Handful
Salt to taste
Jaggery powder - 2 tsp (optional)

In little oil roast garlic separately till golden.
Roast all other ingredients separately,Add salt and make a coarse powder.

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