Idly-Dosa chutney powder has a place in the kitchen of most south indian homes. It is basically a coarse powder of spices and lentils. This spicy and flavourful powder (or podi as we south indians call it) is a perfect side for idlies and dosas especially during lazy weekends. Steam the idly/dosa batter for 10 minutes and combine it with the idly/dosa powder and your healthy home made meal is ready.
There are so many variations to the idly-dosa chutney powder. I have tried many versions but i like this one the best since i like the mild flavour that the garlic imparts. I learnt this method from a friend of mine. She uses raw garlic (which is actually very good) to make the chutney powder, however, i fried it for about 15 seconds before grinding it along with the other ingredients.
- ½ cup Urad dal
- ½ cup white Sesame seeds
- ½ cup dried Red chillies
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
- 1 teaspoon oil
- Salt to taste
- Heat a pan.
- Dry roast urad dal and sesame seeds separately till it changes colour. Transfer this to a plate.
- Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the pan and fry the garlic for 15 seconds. Transfer the garlic also to the plate.
- Now add the asafoetida and dried red chillies to pan and fry it till it becomes chillies bubbles up and becomes crisp.
- Let all the ingredients cool.
- Once the ingredients are at room temperature, coarsely grind all the ingredients along with salt.
- The chutney powder is ready!