Idli Podi' container is the first item I pick, whenever I prepare Idlies and Dosais. 'Idly' is a South Indian Dish and 'Podi' means powder. Like Idly batter, this chutney powder would also be stocked at almost every South Indian home.
Though it is already available in the stores, homemade is always the better choice. The ingredients can be adjusted to our taste. Adjusting each ingredients would give out different flavors, so the aroma differs in each kitchen. This podi is crowned as 'Bachelor's first choice' as its instant side for Idly/dosais and also a instant masala for veggies.
This is the basic recipe for the Chutney powder, adjust chilis according to the heat you can resist with. I have added curry leaves a little more, not only for its healthy facts but also for its color and aroma. Frying the ingredients in little oil is to remove the moisture content of these ingredients. Make sure its done properly, as it can be stored for many days.
Urad Dal / Uzhuntham paruppu - 1 Cup
Sesame Seeds - 1/4 Cup
Curry Leaves - 5-6 Stalks
Garlic - 6-8 Cloves
Red Chilies - 10
Asafoetida - 1 tbsp(preferably solid version)
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil - 1 tsp
How to Make:
Adjust chili, garlic, salt to your taste. This recipe for podi is spicier and flavorful.
Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan, fry the red chilies, sesame seeds and asafoetida. The color of the fried chili determines the color of the podi. If the chilies fried till they turn dark brown, the podi would result in dark golden brown color. Remove the chilies and place them in a plate, allow it to the room temperature.
In the same remaining oil, fry curry leaves and garlic in the medium flame. Make sure it remove the moisture content of both the ingredients. Remove it and let it cool. In the same pan, add Urad dal and fry in the medium flame, till it evolves aroma and turns golden brown.
Bring down all the fried ingredients to room temperature. Grind them coarsely in the mixer. Have a spoonful of podi with little oil and serve them with Idly / Dosai.
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