Idlies/Dosai with chutney and sambar are a staple in south India and Idly podi is quintessential to that combination. There can be just chutney or just sambar but there must be idly podi . It just makes the idly/Dosai experience more enjoyable .
Every household has its own unique combination for the idly podi and this is mine . The peanut idly podi can be mixed with rice as well . My love for peanuts inspired this recipe .
Peanuts -1 cup ( peeled and roasted )
Red chillies -1 cup (or as desired )
Urad dhal -1/4 cup
Garlic pod with skin -5-6
Salt as desired
Roast all the above ingredients except salt and peanuts .Then grind everything except the peanuts into a powder with desired texture , I like mine with medium texture . Then add the peanuts and salt and grind again . Taste for salt and heat . If you think you need more spice add red chilli powder .
*you can fry curry leaves too to the mixture ( especially if using to mix with rice )
* you can roast the peanuts in oven too .
*this podi will require more red chillies than normal ones as peanuts normally require more heat .
* store in fridge if keeping more than a month .