Idly Podi

Idly Podi/ Idly Chutney Powder

(A spicy dry condiment that accompanies very well with Idly/ Dosa)

Thani Nadan Series #10

Idly podi is the favorite side dish of all back home- dad , mom, me and bro. It reminds me of my childhood days when my mummy- that is my maternal grandmother, would send loads of this chutney powder to our home and mom would pack the idly podi mixed in oil with idlies for tiffen box. More than me it was my brother who loved this to school. But here, I felt surprised when it was even the least of choices for my husband. I gave him an astonishing look when I heard from him, for the first time, how could a person in this world, not like idly podi at all???

Then I tried to make him say “I like idly podi” by asking the same question again and again in different ways, but I failed. No ways could I make him like it nor eat it. This was when I tasted the best of best idly podi from my in laws where I believe that this is the world’s best recipe. This also has a similar story like that of Chicken Taj. Whenever I ask her for the recipe, she would immediately make a bulk of it and send it with me to UAE so that I would no more ask her for the recipe 😉 . But once I asked her the recipe during my brother’s wedding for it to be made on a big bulk and she had no other go but to share the recipe. heheeheee…………. Just kidding!!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is for my dear readers. Off to the recipe,


  1. Rice                                                 – 1.5 cups
  2. Dry red chilly                                – 25
  3. Salt      *                                           – As needed
  4. Pepper corns                                  – 1 tbspn
  5. Urud Dal                                        – 1 tbspn
  6. Fenugreek seeds                           -1/2 tspn
  7. Cumin                                            – 1/4 tsp
  8. Curry leaves                                 – A few optional

* Adding rock salt gives more flavor to the idly chutney powder.


  •  Dry roast all the ingredients one by one except salt.
  • Rice should be roasted until it turns brownish red.
  • Powder them little by little in a mixie jar .
  • Mix well.
  • Serve with idly/dosa as it is or mixed in oil.

Niznaz notes:

  • Powder  either coarsely or finely as per your taste preference. I like my chutney powder to be coarse .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!! Happy Breakfast…..

Love and Regards,



Off to the recipe,


  1. Rice                                       – 1.5 cups
  2. Dry red chilly                      – 25
  3. Pepper corns                      – 1 tbspn
  4. Urud Dal                             – 1 tbspn
  5. Salt  *                                   – As needed.
  6. Fenugreek                         -1/4 tspn
  7. Cumin                               – 1/4 tspn
  8. Curry leaves                    – a few (optional)

*- You can use rock salt for a better flavor.




  1. Dry roast all the ingredients one by one except salt.
  2. Rice should be roasted until it turns reddish brown color.
  3. Powder them all together in a jar of mixer grinder. You can either powder it finely or to a coarse texture. I like my podi in a coarse texture.
  4. Mix well and store in an air tight container.
  5. Mix with any vegetable oil and serve with idly/dosa . Or use it to  make the flavorful podi dosas.



Enjoy the idly Podi.

Love and Regards,



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