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Molaga Podi / Idli Powder

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 1:17 PM

Molaga podi or Idli podi is a delicious spice mix made with lentils and dry chillies. Mixed with oil they add great flavor to any kind of carb loaded food like, idli. When we go back home, my sisters and I always load our suitcases with Amma's sambar powder and idli podi which we enjoy for many months. I have been out of Amma's molaga podi and I really miss it. After trying various store bought Idli powders, I decided to make it myself. So, I called Amma and she gave me her recipe. This is the first time I have ever made the powder at home. I am very thrilled that the molaga podi has turned out well, it had a good color, and most important Amma's molaga podi taste. Wanted to document it for me and my sisters.


Heavy Frying Pan or Kadai
Slotted Spoon
Measuring Cups and Spoons


Channa Dal - 1/3 cup
Udad Dal - 1/3 cup
Long Red Chillies - 1/3 cup
Kashmiri Chillis - 1/3 cup
Black Sesame Seeds - 1/4 cup
Asafoetida - penny size flat disc
Jaggery- 1 tsp
Oil -  2 tsp


1. Heat the frying pan or kadai with oil. Fry the asafetida, remove and add to the blender.  (Note: When frying the asafetida, press with a spoon so that the middle also gets fried).

2. Roast chillies until they change color and add to blender, allow to cool and blend into fine powder.

3. Roast the each of the dals separately. Allow to cool and add to the blender.

4. Wash the sesame seeds and pass it through a tea filter. Roast it in the kadai until it starts to splatter. Remove and add to the blender.

5. Add salt and blend the dal and sesame seeds into a partially coarse, partially fine powder.

6. Add 1 tsp of powdered jaggery and mix well. Store in a tin or bottle.


  1. Hi Srimathi ,

    molagai podi looks hot and spicy :)
    One request Srimathi, in my blog , you have to click cabbage curry URL. It'll go to Lavanya's recipe 's guest post. There you have to drop your comment for my guest post Srimathi. Thank you , Keep on...

  2. podi looks very spicy and great combo for idli and dosa :)

  3. Molaga podi looks fiery and delicious. I make it the same way.

  4. We never add jaggery... Will try this version next time

  5. hot and spicy podi looks awesome...

  6. Thanks for the recipe. I miss amma's podi also... Now i will make it and let you know

  7. Podi looks awesome, like the container too..

  8. loved this Molaga podi..full of flavours.looks so bright and tempting!

  9. yumm..a saviour for we south indians!!..i feel too lazy to make chutneys and sambars all the time..

  10. Flavorful yummy podi....Perfect..

  11. Cant live without this idli podi,looks super spicy.

  12. Tried this recipe last night. I didnt have the Kashmiri chilli so just added 1 cup of the red chilli. I loved it... Thanks for documenting the recipe.

  13. This came out so so awesome !.

    My daughters love this. Keep the super duper work.


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