Molaga podi or milagai podi is something that I make very often. I always have it handy and most mornings, it is the only accompaniment that is had with breakfast. Every home has its own version of this powder. Here is how I make mine.
What you need:
Urad dal - 1 cup
Chana dal - 1 cup
Asafoetida - a few small pieces
Sesame seeds - 2 tsp
Garlic - 8 cloves
Curry leaves - a few
Red chillies - 20
Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai. Roast urad dal and chana dal separately in it until reddish brown. Remove and spread on a large plate to cool.
In the same pan, add the asafoetida, curry leaves and garlic. Fry till leaves become crisp and the garlic is well roasted. Transfer this to the plate to cool.
Now roast the red chillies on low heat until their colour darkens. Transfer this also to the plate.
Finally, add the sesame seeds and roast till the seeds start to pop.
Once all the ingredients cool down, add salt and powder in a blender.
Store in an airtight container.
This goes well with idli and dosa.
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