No south-Indian can go without idli and dosas. Sometimes making chutney may not always be possible. Chutney powder or Idli dosa milagai podi always comes to the rescue as a perfect combo for idli dosas. It's made by roasting dry red chilis, urad dal, and sesame seeds. Different households have different recipes to make it. I am sharing a recipe for how it's made in my home.
- 2 cups urad dal
- 1 cup dry red chilis (Milagai vatral)
- 3 tbsp. white sesame seeds
- 1-1 & 1/2 tsp. asafetida powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp. oil
- In a pan or kadai, dry roast the white sesame seeds on medium heat till they pop. Make sure not to burn them. Set aside.
- In the same pan, add the urad dal and dry roast them till golden in color. Set aside.
- Now add 1 tsp. oil and roast the red chilis till they are crisp and fragrant, making sure not to burn them.
- Let all the dry roasted ingredients cool.
- In a blender or spice grinder, blend the red chilis and asafetida first to a nice powder.
- Next add the urad dal and grind till they are coarse. If you want a fine chutney powder, grind them to a finer consistency.
- Add the roasted sesame seeds at the end and salt to taste and whiz till everything is blended together.
- Store this powder in an airtight container and use it as needed.