Today, for "Friendship 5 Series" under the theme " Home made powders ", I am going to post idli podi or gun powder . Idli podi has always a connection between us and our mother. When she runs out of time to prepre any side dish for idli or dosai, she strainghtaway grabs this podi and serves us. Usually, idli dosai or pongal will be our morning breakfast. It provides the necessary nutrients to our body. Idli podi comes handy, when we travel . Just aplly this podi all over the idli and pack it. It stays good for atleast 2 days, without oil.
Idli podi is an essential asset in every South Indian household. Its a combination of dals, with red chillies. Usually my MIL will prepare it with garlic pods. This was new to me. My mom powders in a different way. Adding garlic ,gives a nice aroma to the podi and a punch. But my Mil uses less red chillies, compared to the amount given here. This podi can be served with little sesame oil. Check my mom's version of idili podi Here .
1.Urad dal - 1 cup
2.Chana dal - 3/4 cup
3.Red chillies - 15 to 20
4.Garlic pods - 9 to 10
5.Roasted gram ( pottukadalai) - 1 tbsp
6.Curry leaves - a hand full.
7.Salt - as needed
8.Hing - a pinch
10.Oil - 1 tsp
* Take all the ingredients and keep it ready. The amount of red chillies depend upon your spice level. Since we also add garlic pods, it will be spicy, so try to alter the number of red chillies. Take urad dal ,little more than the chana dal always. It will give very good taste to the powder.
* Add little oil to the pan. Roast the ingredients one by one,except roasted gram (pottukadalai).When we are about to turn off the stove, add hing.Let the ingredients cool completely. We can also dry the curry leaves and powder it or just roast it with all the ingredients.Add salt to the mixture.
* Grind the roasted ingredients upto 80% powdered. Now add the roasted gram to the blender and grind it finely. Store it in air tight container. Mix it with gingely oil and serve with idli or dosai.
Geetha and me.