Monday, October 3, 2011

‘Milagai Podi’ aka 'GunPowder' - The Best Pal of Idly.

Milagai Podi also popularly known as Idli podi or GunPowder is a spicy aromatic powder. A must dish served with Idli, dosa, uttappam or rice. There are many versions of this Milagai podi.

The origin of Idli Podi is from South India, this dish is accompanied with the famous South Indian breakfast item Idli. A day might not be complete for many people without an Idli. This gun powder is classified as side dish for Idli, Dosa or Uttapam. Milaga podi is actually a dry chutney powder which has an authentic taste if eaten with idli. Milaga Podi is served with generous amounts of gingelly oil or ghee serves just right with Idli or dosa. Some people like in the state of Kerala mix coconut oil to Milagai podi to enhance the flavour.

Milaga podi is made with a perfect blend of spices using the red chilies, urad dal, chana dal, hing or asafoetida, black pepper and little rice. The Milaga podi is always stored and kept ready for use & when you are in a hurry or if your coconut chutney or sambar is over, this gun powder would always help. Normally you might have noticed while travelling in train, especially with South Indian  co-passengers, they would surely carry Idli tossed with Milagai podi. This is the best food to be carried during travel. And many NRI’s also prepare this gun powder in large quantity when they travel to India and take it along with them.

When you toss the hot Idlis in the Milagai podi mixed with oil, the gun powder absorbs the oil and enhances the flavor of the powder and combined with Idli, just melts in your mouth. This is the reason its called ‘The Best Pal of  Idly’.

Watch the making of the Milagai podi at:

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