Idli/Dosa Podi (Paruppu Podi)

This is a spice powder made with variety of dals and whole dry chilies. This powder is also called paruppu podi. In our home, we always have this spice powder. Sometimes if you don’t have any other side dishes for idli or dosa, you can just manage with this powder. It goes very well with multigrain dosa or whole wheat dosa. If you haven’t tried yet, you should try it. This spice powder is simple to make and you can store it for a long time too.


  • Whole urad dal ———————————————– 1/2 cup
  • Channa dal —————————————————– 1/2 cup
  • Dalia splits (split roasted chick peas) ———- 1/4 cup
  • Whole dry chilies ——————————————- 7
  • Kasmiri chili ————————————————— 2 (optional)
  • Whole black pepper ————————————— 10 to 15
  • Asafotida/hing ———————————————— a small piece
  • Salt to taste

How to make

  • Place a pan on medium heat stove
  • Rost the urad dal and channa dal separately one by one until they become light golden brown
  • Now rost the chillies, black pepper and hing for couple of minutes
  • Switch off the stove and add the dalia splits and salt and mix them well
  • Wait for them to cool down
  • Grind all the ingredients together to make a medium fine powder
  • Then store it in a bottle
  • When you need, take a spoonful of powder and mix with gingely oil, coconut oil or olive oil and enjoy


  • I used very hot chilies, so I used less number of chilies
  • Add the chilies depending on your spice level

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