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Poondu Milagai Podi

Poondu milagai podi is a popular South Indian spice blend made with roasted garlic, red chilies, and other aromatic ingredients. It is a versatile condiment used to enhance the flavor of various dishes. The garlic is crushed or powdered and combined with roasted red chilies, lentils, and spices, creating a coarse, flavorful powder. 

Poondu milagai podi is typically used as a seasoning for rice, idli, dosa, or other South Indian dishes, adding a spicy, garlicky kick to the food.

Poondu Milagai Podi

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: 4.0 from 1 votes
Course: Masala PowdersCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Looking for a quick and easy alternative to chutney? Try poondu milagai podi, a garlic chili powder that pairs perfectly with idli or dosa.


  • Garlic cloves (poondu) – 10 to 15

  • Red Chilies –10 to 15 Nos

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon


  • To prepare the garlic spice blend, start by gently crushing the garlic flakes, leaving the skin intact.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a kadai and fry the red chilies until fragrant. Set the chilies aside.
  • In the same kadai, add the crushed garlic and fry it briefly. Once done, remove the garlic from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Now, take the fried red chilies and salt, and place them in a mixer jar. Grind them into a fine powder.
  • Next, add the garlic cloves to the mixer and pulse it for one or two rounds, creating a coarse texture. Alternatively, you can remove the chili powder from the jar and replace it with the garlic cloves, then pound them with a pestle.
  • This flavorful spice blend can be enjoyed with idli or dosa, adding a delicious kick to your meal.

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  • While serving, add a teaspoon of gingelly oil.
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