Ellu Podi / Sesame Seeds Spice Powder – a healthy and flavourful condiment / chutney powder that pairs well with idli / dosa / steamed rice. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron and other vitamins and minerals. Sesame seeds when roasted gives a wonderful aroma and enhances the flavour to the dish. This ellu podi/ chutney powder is a healthy alternative to the regular idli milagai podi / chutney powder and is prepared by dry roasting and grinding the sesame seeds, urad dhal and red chillies. This spice powder has a long shelf life and can be stored at room temperature. This Ellu podi / sesame seeds chutney powder can be served with idli /dosa / steamed rice.
Curry leaves are an essential ingredient in all South Indian dishes because of its aromatic and unique flavour. Apart from its aromatic flavour, they are well known for medicinal value. Most of the South Indian dishes are garnished with sprigs of curry leaves along with coriander leaves. But they are often hand picked and neglected while serving/ dining because of its bitter taste. Unlike the raw curry leaves, the curry leaves powder tastes delicious and can be served with steamed ghee rice, or as an accompaniment to idli or dosa. The bitterness and raw flavour of curry leaves are altered / masked by roasting and powdering it along with few other lentils and spices. Roasting and powdering this way also increases the shelf life of the curry leaves powder.
Idli milagai podi is also commonly referred to as gun powder or chutney powder. It is a coarse and flavourful condiment, containing a mixture of