Idli Chilli Powder

Category: Powders that can be mixed with rice
Description: This is an excellent accompaniment to Idli and Dosas.
Preparation Time: 20 mins


Blackgram dal – 1 cup(250ml cup)
Bengalgram dal – 1/4 cup
Red chillies – 25 (long variety)
Til seeds – 3/4 cup
Asafoetida(broken into pieces)– 1 big piece
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Gingelly oil – 1 tblsp
Tamarind Powder – 1 tblsp
Salt to taste


1.Roast the til seeds in a frying pan till it is rich brown in color and spread on a sheet of paper to cool.
2.Heat oil in a pan, add asafoetida first and when it is almost black,add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the blackgram dhal,bengalgram dhal and red chilli and saute on a medium flame till the the dhals are a rich brown color.
3.Spread on a sheet of paper to cool.
4.Combine the til seeds,dhals and red chillis,salt,tamarind powder and powder coarsely.
5.When eating with Idli or Dosa this powder should be mixed with a little sesame oil.