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Podi idli recipe | How to make podi idli

By Swasthi on August 5, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Podi idli recipe – This is one of the most common idli varieties I make often at home for the breakfast. Making podi idli is super easy if you have the podi ready in your kitchen. However assuming most readers would not have the Idli podi ready, I have shared how to make the podi too here in this post.

podi idli recipe

Idli are steamed cakes made from fermented lentil and rice batter. These are one of the most basic breakfast in traditional South Indian homes. Usually these are served with a chutney and/ or tiffin sambar. However there are many ways these can be served and podi idli is one of them.

I make podi idli often for the kids breakfast since it is healthy and quick. Most often I stock up few kinds of spice powders like idli podi, kobbari karam podi, Peanut powder, sesame seeds podi, Flax seed podi and Curry leaves podi.

With so many varieties in stock, I have this quick option of tossing warm idlis in some podi with hot ghee.

In this post I have shared podi recipe just enough to make 8 to 10 podi idli. You can also make the podi the previous night. Just steam the idli in the morning and you are done with the breakfast just by tossing them in oil or ghee along with podi.

But I have also shown a tempering method here, if you can spend 2 more mins you can try that way too. I have used mini idlis here you can use regular idlis.

I hear that many kids like these in their school box for lunch. But I haven’t tried with any kind of idlis in box as roti or rice varieties are more filling than any kind of idli for lunch box.

How to make

1. Dry roast red chilies and peanuts until half done.

roasting chilies peanuts for podi idli

2. Roast dals in the same pan on a low to medium heat until golden. If you like you can also add a small garlic clove.

roasting dals to make podi idli

3. Add sesame seeds and copra / desiccated coconut. Copra tastes best. Switch off the stove. I did not have copra so did not use.

sesame seeds coconut to make podi idli

4. Next add cumin.

adding cumin to make podi idli

5. Washed and drained curry leaves. I wiped them off with a tissue. Set this aside to cool. The curry leaves turn crisp when cooled if left in the hot pan. Make sure curry leaves turn crisp.

adding curry leaves to make podi idli

6. Add them along with salt as needed to a blender jar. I do not use tamarind and jaggery but you can use them if you like them.

adding ingredients to blender for podi idli

7. Make a fine powder.

powdered spices to make podi idli

Temper podi idli

8. Heat ghee or oil in a pan. Add a pinch of hing and pinch of mustard, both are optional.

heating ghee to make podi idli

9. When they splutter, switch off the stove. Add the idlis. I used mini idli, you can use the regaular ones.

adding idlis to toss in podi

10. Then add the podi more or less as desired. Toss the idlis gently in the pan. If needed add more oil or ghee.

tossing idlis in podi

Serve podi idli as breakfast or evening snack.

podi idli

For more Breakfast Recipes, you can check
Rava idli
Masala dosa

South Indian Podi idli recipe

podi idli

Podi idli recipe

Podi idli is another most commonly eaten breakfast in South Indian homes. Idli are steamed lentil cakes and podi is a spice powder. Podi idli is made by tossing steamed lentil cakes in spiced lentil powder and ghee.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Ingredients for podi idli

  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 tbsp chana dal or bengal gram
  • 1 tbsp urad dal or skinned black lentils
  • 3 red chilies (Adjust to suit your spice levels)
  • tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • tsp copra or dried coconut or desicatted coconut (optional)
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (optional)
  • Cleaned tamarind a small piece (optional) (I do not use)
  • 2 pinches powdered Jaggery (optional) (I do not use)
  • Salt as needed
  • 8 to 10 idlis or 3 plates of mini idlis
  • 2 tbsps ghee or sesame oil


Preparation for podi idli

  • If you are new to making idli, then you can follow this Soft idli recipe.
  • While the idlis steam, dry roast peanuts along with red chilies until half done.
  • Add urad dal and chana dal. Roast on a medium flame until they turn golden. Make sure peanuts, urad dal and chana dal  all are roasted well to deep golden.
  • Add sesame seeds, coconut, cumin, curry leaves and switch off. 
  • Saute until the leaves turn crispy.
  • Cool these and powder finely along with enough salt, tamarind and jaggery if using. Check the salt and add more if needed.

How to make podi idli

  • Remove the idlis from the mould. Allow them to cool a bit. 
  • Pour ghee or oil to a hot pan. 
  • Add idlis and then switch off the stove. 
  • Sprinkle podi over the idli and toss gently. Add more or less podi & ghee as desired. Coat the idlis well with podi.
  • Serve podi idli warm.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Podi idli recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 117mg142%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Podi idli recipe | How to make podi idli

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Excellent for all who love Indian cuisine really appreciate

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This look and sound absolutely delicious, Thank you for sharing the idea of this healthy and delicious recipe.

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Luved ur recipe !

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Guntur idli ka powder muze kaha milega….
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Thank you…

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I like it..easy to make ???

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Hi Swasthi ! Your recipes are too good , thank you.

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Thanks for sharing. They came out super good.