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Idly Kara Podi / Idly Karam Podi

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Idly Karam Podi is a kind of spicy powder which is served with idly and dosa. It has key ingredients of channa dal and urad dal. At my home, we call it as Karappodi and it is my favorite among all podies. It tastes good when mixed with hot boiled rice. Since i like this combination, i also eat this podi with rice.

This powder has many variations and it slightly differ from the one which i blogged here. It is mixed with oil to the ratio of 1:2 (1 teaspoon powder: 2 teaspoon oil) while serving for Idly/Dosa.


Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Makes – 1 and 3/4 cups powder


Urad dal – 1 cup

Channa Dal – 1/2 cup

Dry red chillies – 15 dry red chillies

Salt – to taste

Garlic – 3 cloves

Video Recipe:

Method with step by step pictures:

1) In a dry pan, add channa dal and dry roast it.


2) After few minutes, Add urad dal, red chillies. Dry roast all the ingredients till they become golden brown. It might take 10-15 minutes.


3) When dry roasting is done, allow it to cool.


4) Add the roasted dals into the mixer/food processor and grind it to a powder.


5) Towards the end of the grinding, add the chopped garlic cloves and grind for few minutes.


6) As per your liking, grind it to a smooth powder or coarse powder.

Serving Suggestion:

1) Serve it as a side dish for idly and dosa.  mix it with gingelly oil generously and serve.

2) Goes well with Hot rice.



1) Dry roast all the ingredients without oil. if you add oil, make it in very less quantity.

2) Add curry leaves if you have it.

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Priya Sreeram

thank u for the sweet words on my blog and happy to follow ur culinary adventures !

Reshmi Mahesh

Thanks for visiting my space…Love your recipes and clicks…happy to follow..


The addition of garlic in the podi is new to me..sounds interesting..Nice to be on ur blog

Vimitha Durai

Thanks for dropping by dear… U have a lovely space… Happy to follow u…
The podi looks so yum and perfect…


Aromaatic n flavorful ~ lovely blend of spices!
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