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Milagai Podi Rice(Chutney Powder Rice)

This Flavorful rice is prepared using South Indian Chutney powder also known as milagai podi, gun powder, idli podi typically prepared using chana dal, urad dal, red chiles and sesame seeds as main ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Keyword rice recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 457kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)


  • Cook the rice and make sure you have cooked rice a few hours earlier or the previous day to have the grains separated out well. 
  • You can also make Milagai Podi (Idli Podi) at home previous day and keep it ready. 
  • Heat 2 tablespoon of ghee in a kadai on medium low flame. Add mustard ,raw peanuts , urad dal and chana dal.Allow the mustard seeds to crackle and the dal and peanuts to get roasted well until it gets a golden brown color.
  • Next add the curry leaves, slit green chillies, turmeric powder and stir for a few seconds.
  • Now add the finely chopped onions and saute until they turn translucent in color.
  • Then add cooked rice , Milagai Podi (Idli Podi) and salt, give it a good stir until all the ingredients have combined well and the rice gets well coated.
  • Turn off the heat. Squeeze the lemon juice ,add chopped coriander leaves and give the rice a good stir. Check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste buds.
  • Serve this Milagai Podi Rice with raita and Cabbage Pakoda.


  1. If you are a Vegan replace ghee with oil.
  2. If you cant make podi at home, it's easily available in Indian Stores or Amazon. I likED GRB Idli Podi that we get in India.
  3. You can skip onion for this recipe too.
  4. Adjust Idli Podi according to your preference.
  5. Idli Podi can be made in bulk and can be refrigerated for up to a month in a refrigerator
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg