Idli Podi

Idli Podi


Idli podi is a flavorful spice powder to accompany south Indian breakfast idli, dosa, upma. Also one of the most common idli varities.

Time: 4 hours


  • 1.5 cup – red Rice
  • 1/2 cup – parboiled Rice
  • 1/2 cup – whole Urad Dal (without skin)
  • 1/2 tsp – Fenugreek seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • To season:
  • 1 tsp – Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp – Urad Dal
  • A few Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp – paruppu podi


  • Wash and soak the red rice, parboiled rice and whole urad dal with fenugreek seeds separately for at least 4 hours.
  • Grind as bit coarse batter with enough water in a grinder and add enough salt, mix well and let it ferment.
  • While making the idlis, grease the microwave idli plate and pour a teaspoon of idli batter, cook it for a minute on high.
  • Once done, remove the mini idlis from the pan and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a microwave safe bowl and add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves, heat it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the mini idlis, paruppu podi to the tempered spices, toss everything.
  • Keep the bowl in the microwave oven and cook for another minute on medium.