Chutney Pudi /Spice Powder for Idli or Dosa

I was looking for an easy recipe of podi that did not use dry coconut in the podi. While searching I found this recipe that was close to what I was looking for; readily available ingredients, easy to cook, grind and hassle free storage. ?As an added bonus this recipe does not use any oil while roasting and so stays for a longer time.

As the name suggests it can be used as accompaniment with idlis, dosas or even plain rice along with good quantity of oil or ghee.

Adapted from: Vah chef


  • ? cup raw rice ( I used sona masoori)
  • 8-10 red chillies(whole)
  • ? cup chana dal
  • ? cup urad dal
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • ? cup pepper corns
  • ? tsp methi/fenugreek seeds
  • A pinch of hing/asafetida


  • Heat a pan/kadai on medium. Keep all the ingredients ready.
  • First dry roast red chillies till they turn light brown. Add raw rice and chana dal to this and keep stirring.
  • Next add whole pepper, urad dal, methi seeds and keep stirring and cooking until it gets light brown.
  • Add curry leaves, hing and mix well. Switch off the flame but continue to stir.
  • Allow this to cool. Put it into the grinder, along with salt and make it into a coarse powder.
  • Store in air tight container and use as necessary.


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