May 24, 2013

Sesame Podi for Idli or dosai

This my family's favourite podi.Mix this with ghee or oil and serve with hot dosa.It taste delicious.I have added palm sugar because using sesame seeds give a different taste to suppress them palm sugar is very useful ,dont miss it.I usually grind it to coarse so i can feel the bits of dhall,if you want you can make it smooth.Usually it is done coarse ,not too coarse one step before smooth.

We usually make with black sesame seeds it taste divine when mixed with oil and spread on idli's.Perfect picnic food.I shall try to update the pic's with black sesame seeds.I have reduced the red chilly's as we prefer  very moderate spice,do increase to suit your taste buds.You get nearly half kilogram using the below measurements.


  1. Black/White Sesame seeds-3/400g cup
  2. Urad dhall-50g,roast to golden.
  3. Toor dhall-50
  4. Channa dhall-50
  5. Red chillies- 75g
  6. Hing-1/4 tsp 
  7. Salt as needed
  8. Garlic-6pod
  9. Curryleaves- 2 strings.
  10. PalmSugar(Karupatti)-1/4 tsp

  1. Heat a kadai.Add the sesame seeds ,when it splutters ,keep it in a separate plate.
  2. Dry roast each dhal separately and keep them in a plate to cool down.
  3. Roast the red chillies and keep it separately.
  4. Roast garlic then add salt,curryleaves and hing and remove from heat. let it cool down.
  5. Grind the red chillies and grind it to smooth.Now garlic ,salt and curryleaves and pulse twice.
  6. Then  add the all the dhall to the ground redchilly powder and grind it again to not too coarse powder.
  7. Now add the sesame seeds and pulse them twice it is enough dont grind it as it leaves oil.
  8. Grate the palm sugar .Add the palm sugar and mix it well.
  9. Store in air tight container.
  10. Serve with hot idli ,add ghee or gingelly oil.both taste awesome.

  1. Palm sugar is must ,it gives extra flavor .
  2. Adjust red chillies to your choice ,i like medium spice.
  3. Take care when grinding sesame seeds ,it is enough if it gets just crushed,as too much grinding will spoil the taste.
  4. Dont roast the dhall too much .If you are doubling the recipe,i suggest you to roast the dhall in batches.


  1. Nice podi... Adding palm sugar is very new n Intersting... Want to taste it now

  2. What a tempting podi. I can eat many idlis and dosas with it.

  3. Love to enjoy with some hot steaming idlis,my favourite podi.

  4. i have never tried this before....will try it soon Meena!!! awesome pictures!!!

  5. Nice have so many good recipes now for podi , i m confused which to try first

  6. So inviting, love the combo of ingredients and I will have a good run with this podi with my rice.

  7. I have eaten this so many times, but never got around to get the recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this, I love it. Bookmarked.

  8. I feel I smell that podi here.. Lovely :-)

  9. Wonderful and i simply love them with rice

  10. Yumm.. Loved the addition of palm sugar.. I'm sure it enhances the flavor Meena :-)

  11. very flavorful podi..wud be wonderful with rice and a spoon of ghee :)adding Karupatti is new to me ....

  12. Am running out of podi, this makes me wanting for more Meena..Looks fab

  13. Looks flavourful.. I like the til flavour.

  14. Love those drool worthy pictures. This is a new proportion for me, will give it a try sometime.

  15. I do add a teaspoon of sesame seeds in idli podi, but yours look different! Shall try this soon!

  16. this sounds really yummy!! Thanks for sharing..