Idli-Dosa Spice Mix - Mulagai Podi

I love Indian Spices..Tradionally we have used these spices in various combinations and each of them bring in their own unique flavours..together making every dish unique and exotic.

Whole red chillies are very common in Indian dishes and are used in majority of the South Indian dishes.

One of the ways its used extensively in South India is by preparing Mulagai Podi which go really well with idli's and dosa's.

Ofcourse idli and dosa is had with chutney and sambar..but this podi is also served in many households to add up to the spice.. Its a regular accompaniment in our house and is a great substitute for those days when you really need to rush up and dont have time for an elaborate spread of sambar and chutney.

There are many ways to prepare Mulagai Podi..however, I follow my grandmom's recipe..

15 red chillies, cleaned, stem removed,
1 cup urad dal,
1/2 cup chana dal,
1/2 inch piece of whole asafoetida,
1 tbsp of sesame seeds,
1 tsp oil from roasting
Salt as per taste

1.) Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a non stick pan and fry the asafoetida until if puffs up. Remove and set aside.
2.) In the pan roast the red chillies. Remove and set aside.
3.) Next, roast the urad dal until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
4.) Roast the chana dal until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
5.) Roast the sesame seeds until they start to splutter. Remove and set aside.
6.) Once all the ingredients have cooled down, put them in a mixer and churn. Add salt and powder until its grainy in consistency. Check for salt and spice adjust.
7.) Once cooled, store in a sealed container. This stays fresh for 15-20 days.
8.) While serving, mix with groundnut or sesame oil and serve idli or dosa.

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I'm also sending this to Kitchen Flavours, Anudivya, Jaishree, Usha, who were very kind to stop by at my space and encourage me with their feedback. Thank you all..truly appreciate it!!! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  1. Thank you jayashree. Mulagai podi looks awesome n perfect:)

  2. Hey Jayashree the molaga podi looks yum...loved the cute heart shaped presentation of the molaga podi..thanks for the special mention in your post :-)

  3. the pic of the red chillies is stunning!!

  4. Dude, you have great blog here...first time here! Pictures are amazing! Keep up the work...see you around!

  5. Wow thanks a ton for sharing the recipe with me. Pics look appetizing.

  6. mulagai podi is looking awesome,this is how we too make exactly,so excited to see the same ingredients!;D
    First time here and cant wait to browse for more here!


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