Now for today's post,Milagai Podi-a spice mix that is omnipresent in all South Indian kitchens.The pantry is incomplete if this powder is not seen.Such is its fame!Milagai podi is the side dish to go to when you have no time / vegetables / ingredients to make a side dish for tiffins like idli / dosa etc.Even if there is a chutney for the side,my people love to have their dose of this spice mix on their plate.A spoonful of this powder mixed with sesame seed oil with piping hot idle is every diners delight.
Prepare this in a large batch and store a container full for regular use and keep refilling the smaller container as and when it empties.In this way the whole batch stays fresh for longer.The composition varies with each household and what you see here is my mom's recipe.
Urad dhal,white-1 cup
Channa dhal-1 cup
White sesame seeds-1/4 cup
Red Chillies -10 numbers[Adjust to taste]
Asafoetida powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
- Heat a pan and roast sesame seeds on low flame till they crackle and turn light brown in color.The kitchen is sure to be filled with a lovely aroma!!Keep it aside.
- In the same pan heat oil and fry all the ingredients except salt till golden brown.Spread on a plate to cook.
- Power, coarsely or finely-that's totally your choice.
- Spread again on a plate for a few minutes [in case it gets heated during the powdering process] and store in an airtight container.
To serve place a couple of teaspoons of the spice mix on the serving plate.Make a well in the centre.Pour sesame oil into the well.Mix and indulge with a tiffin of your choice.Sesame oil is the most preferred oil but you can use any cooking oil.I have seen some people use cocnut oil too.So its purely a matter of personal preference.
You do know where this is going to,don't you!Of course, its being shipped off to Jaya's back to basic event.Do you have any basic recipes / kitchen secrets to share?Then off they go to Jaya....