Thursday, February 3, 2022

Chutney powder for Idli/Dosa

Chutney powder or chutney podi makes a great accompaniment for dosa and idli. The powder is usually served by mixing it with sesame oil/ghee/coconut oil. It can also be spread on one side of dosa while you make set dosa or masala dosa.  The amount of chili can be adjusted as per your spice preference. In this recipe, I have just used Byadagi chili, but you can replace it with 50% Byadagi chili and 50% Guntur chili. I have added around 2 teaspoons of jaggery in this because my family likes it on a bit sweeter side, but it is completely optional. 


  1. Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  2. Byadagi chili whole - 1/2 cup
  3. Curry leaves - 4-5 sprig
  4. Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
  5. Chana dal - 2 teaspoon
  6. Jaggery - 2 teaspoon
  7. Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  8. Salt - 1 teaspoon or to taste
  1. Dry roast urad dal, chana dal, Kashmiri chili, curry leaves, and sesame seeds separately on low- medium flame. Set aside to cool them to room temperature.
  2. Grind the dry roasted ingredients along with the rest of the ingredients.
Chutney powder is ready to serve. It can be stored in a glass container at room temperature. 

Ingredients used for chutney podi

Chutney podi on masala dosa

Linking this recipe for the "Shhh cooking secretly" event on Facebook. This month's theme is "Stick to seeds" which was chosen by Archana. At the beginning of the month, a theme is chosen by one of the participants and all the participants are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are supposed to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month.

Archana blogs at The Mad Scientists Kitchen and there are many interesting reads in her blog. The one which I bookmarked is about the Pegan Diet. My partner for this month is Renu who has a collection of interesting, unique and healthy recipes. Do check out her Quinoa crispies if you are looking for healthy snacking options. For the "Stick to seeds" theme, she gave me asafoetida and jaggery as my secret ingredients and I gave her sunflower seeds. Renu made Sunflower seeds butter which are healthy alternatives to store-bought spreads.   


  1. Your podi with the goodness of sesame seeds is perfect for idli dosa. My son loves it with rice and ghee. Homemade podis are always better than store bought. Addition of jaggery is something new for me

  2. Sesame seed add a great flavor to the podi. This is great for tiffins.

  3. Love this chutney powder not only for idli dosa but for chapatti and rice too. Perfect way to include healthy lentils and hide different seeds.Love it.

  4. Having this chutney powder handy in the pantry is so useful. Goes with anything from idlis to rice and I love to add it to roasted makhana or even on my bread when making sandwiches. Like how you've used a generous amount of sesame seeds.

  5. Healthy fats loaded in a chutney powder and so versatile to go with almost everything.

  6. Roasted lentils chutney with healthy goodness of sesame seeds sounds so flavorful and nutritious!

  7. This chutney podi goes well with almost all breakfasts recipes, I also love to have it with hot steamed rice and dollop of ghee. Sesame seeds and jaggery gives good taste to podi.

  8. I love podi with idli and steamed rice with ghee. This podi sounds absolutely delicious and flavorful. Sesame seeds and dal made this chutney powder nutritious.

  9. Podis are a staple at my place. Just can’t do without it. Sesame seeds add a nice flavour and taste to the podi. Versatile podi Anu.

  10. coming form Bangalore, chutneypudi with jaggery is so much sought after at home. you have made it so well, Anu

  11. Being a South Indian, we love different variety of podis. This podi goes well with hot steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.

  12. Roasted lentils chutney sounds so flavorful and nutritious! Love the use of healthy goodness of sesame seeds here

  13. Podis of all types are such a useful recipe for the on the go meals. We always keep a couple of typle handy. So The next batch I am going to add this recipe.