Idli podi

Idli podi
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Place of originTamil Nadu, Kerala
Region or stateIndia
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Idli podi (Tamil: இட்லிப் பொடி; Malayalam: ഇഡ്ളി പൊടി) is a coarse powder, originating from the Indian subcontinent, with a mixture of ground dry spices that typically contains dried chilis, urad dal, chickpeas, salt and sesame seeds. Tamilians traditionally use idli podi as a condiment on idlis, dosas and other South Indian dishes.

Idli podi also called as dosa podi in Kerala is eaten as a dipping condiment: The diner takes a teaspoon of powder on his plate, makes a well in the centre, adds sesame or other oil to this crater, and mixes in the powder to form a moist paste. Pieces of idli or dosa are then broken off and dipped into this oil-powder mix, and eaten. It may also be simply added dry to food.

It is a convenient substitute for chutneys and is usually available in most households in Tamil Nadu.

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