Podi Idli | How to make Podi Idli

By Priya Mani  |  13th May 2016  |  
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About Podi Idli Recipe

Soft and fluffy idly well coated with idly podi / molagai podi.

Podi Idli, a marvelous creation to spice up your day. The relishing flavours, the appealing texture and the amazing aroma of Podi Idli is just mouth-watering. This amazing recipe is provided by Priya Mani. Be it kids or adults, no one can resist this delicious dish. How to make Podi Idli is a question which arises in people's mind quite often. So, this simple step by step Podi Idli recipe by Priya Mani. Podi Idli can even be tried by beginners. A few secret ingredients in Podi Idli just makes it the way it is served in restaurants. Podi Idli can serve 3 people. So, the next time you have a get together or a party at home, don't forget to check and try out Podi Idli.

Podi Idli

Ingredients to make Podi Idli

  • Idli rice 4 cups
  • Raw rice 1 cup
  • urad dal 1 cup
  • methi seeds 1 tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • urad dal 3/4 cup
  • chana daal 1/4 cup
  • 2 tsp of regular cooking oil or gingely oil
  • red chilli 20 (Add extra for more spice)
  • White sesame seeds 2 tbsp
  • salt as required
  • hing a pinch

How to make Podi Idli

  1. Idly batter: You need to use the same cup for all the measurement. Soak separately the rice and urad daal with methi seeds for minimum 5 to 6 hours preferably overnight.
  2. Grind to a smooth batter and add some required salt. Transfer to a container. Allow to ferment. The batter will raise automatically once it starts fermenting. This takes 4 to 6 hours.
  3. For the Idli podi: Dry roast all the above ingredients separately except salt and hing. For red Chilli add one tbsp oil for crispy fry.  Let it all cool down. In a blender put all the ingredients with some salt and hing.
  4. Grind it coarsely. Keep open for 15 minutes to dry a little and then put it in an airtight box for it to retain its freshness.
  5. Take 2 tbsp of idli podi, make a well and add 2 tsp of regular cooking oil or gingely oil. Mix well with a spoon or with your fingertips. Apply this paste on both the sides of the idlies and keep aside for at least 1 hour.
  6. Serve as it is or add a tadka on top and serve hot.

Reviews for Podi Idli (5)

Chitra Chandrasekar7 months ago


Rashmi Agarwal7 months ago

What is idli rice and raw rice? Can u please show me?

Fazila a year ago

Tempting to eat. Shall we have to apply over Idli or mix it in the batter

Trupti pandyaa year ago


Tarunima Tripathi2 years ago

The coating makes it look different and appealing :D

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