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

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 (6)

Ravichandran Natesan9 days ago

For making idli urad Dal required is one cup, not a one teaspoon...

Chitra Chandrasekara year ago


Rashmi Agarwala year ago

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

Fazila 2 years ago

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

Trupti pandya2 years ago


Tarunima Tripathi2 years ago

The coating makes it look different and appealing :D

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