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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Poondu Podi-Garlic Powder Recipe-Poondu Milagai Podi for Rice-Idli-Dosa

Poondu podi or garlic powder is very flavorful and easy to make. It needs very less ingredients which are commonly available in most of the households. This poondu podi goes well with both rice and idli, dosa. I always have different homemade podi varieties, so that it will comes handy when you are hard pressed for time or not in a mood to cook yet need to fix a quick lunch. Though I love all types of podis, the karuveppilai  podi is one of my favorites. Today we will learn how to make garlic/poondu podi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Poondu Podi

Poondu Podi

Poondu Podi

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields:1 Cup
 Recipe CategoryPodi Varieties-Garlic
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Garlic - 1/2 cup peeled
   Red Chillies - 8-10
   Channa dal/kadalai paruppu - 1/3 cup
   Urad dal - 1/4 cup
   Hing - 1/4 tsp flat
   Salt needed


Peel garlic and chop it into medium sized pieces. Find an easy way to peel garlic.


In a pan, dry roast bengal gram dal/channa dal on medium heat stirring continuously until it turns golden brown. Remove from pan.

Garlic Powder Recipe

In the same pan, dry roast urad dal and red chillies, stirring continuously until dal turns light brown. Remove from pan.

Poondu Milagai podi

Heat a tsp of oil and fry the garlic on low medium heat stirring continuously until all the moisture evaporates and the garlic becomes golden brown and a little crispy. Leave it to cool.

poondu podi without coconut

Now grind everything together with hing and salt needed to a slightly coarse powder. Do not powder it finely.

Poondu Milagai podi for rice-idli-dosa

This poondu podi goes well with idli, dosa and rice. It tastes awesome when mixed with hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee. I love it with rice than with idli and dosa. For idli and dosa, my sesame seed flavored idli milagai podi is my first choice.

Storage and Shelf life  

Store it in a glass bottle or an airtight container. It stays good at room temperature for 2 months. Avoid using wet spoon when handling the podi.

I love homemade podis as we can customize it to our taste. If you like homemade podis, then do check these homemade podis varieties which might come handy, when we  need to fix a quick lunch.

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  1. That's a gr8 and yet a simple recipe.
    Thx dear Padhu...

  2. Replies
    1. It will take time to roast garlic on low medium heat. I assume that you would not have roasted the garlic properly.

  3. Hi...I like you very much. Which appliance you use to make podi or dry powder? Normal mixer grinder or something else?

    1. Feeling so happy to know that you like me. Just an ordinary mixer grinder(butterfly mixie). Once you toast the garlic, there will be no moisture in it. So it will get powdered well with the dal.


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