Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Milagai Podi with Flax Seeds ~ Spicy Dal Powder for Idli - Dosai

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: About 3 cups

Urad dal - 1 1/2 cups
Chana dal - 1/2 cup
Flax seeds - 1/4 cup
White Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
Red chilies - 10 to 15
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Powdered Jaggery - 2 Tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

  1. Dry roast the flax seeds and sesame seeds in a skillet, on low flame until light golden brown.  Seeds will start popping after 2 minutes.  Transfer the seeds to a plate to cool.
  2. In the same skillet, add the oil, urad dal, chana dal and red chillies.  
  3. Roast on a low flame until golden brown.  Make sure to keep stirring while roasting.  This will take about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Switch off the flame and add asafoetida and mix well.
  5. Let it cool completely.
  6. Add required salt and grind the cooled dal, sesame - flax seed mixture and jaggery into a coarse powder.
  7. Mix the powder well.  Let it cool completely.
  8. Store in a dry, airtight container.
  9. Serve with Sesame oil (nallennai).


  1. addition of flaxseed is a nice variation! looks so yummy.

  2. Seriously love the addition of flax seeds here.. Love that podi dunked idlies..


Welcome to my kitchen. Please feel free to leave your comments and feedback. Thanks for visiting.