When I think about either Idly or Dosa, the first thing that comes to mind is naturally the spice powder that's served or the Molaga podi which is an eternally side dish for these tiffins Tamil Nadu or for that matter, any home in Tamil Nadu.
We always have different spice powders stocked at home for different tiffins. And this is one of the variations we make. Since I decided to make condiments and microwave recipes for this week, I thought those spice powders will make a great choice and quick to make in the microwave.
I also made chutney in the microwave, making sure to kill two birds in one shot and the podi will be a great asset for masala dosas. But I finally made just the podi and chutney and saved the masala dosa for another day.
There are many ways you can make a spice powder and use it in different ways. There are spice powders for enhancing the flavour, like Kootu podi, for enhancing the taste, like idli podi, for making a dish on its own like sambar.
One can make lentils as the main ingredient, or a herb as the main ingredient in which case the herb is used in its dried form. I am not sure about other cuisines, but from what I have seen and done in Tamilian or Andhra Cuisine, spice powders play a vital role in many dishes.
You make a vegetable sauté, finally sprinkle some spice powder, and lo you have the most delicious curry on hand! The list is endless.
For today's post, I made the famous Molaga or Milagai Podi for are eternally served with Idli, Dosa in Tamil Nadu. And that too in the microwave where it took just about 4 mins to get the entire thing done.
Cooking mode: Microwave mode
Cooking Time : 3 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
Mixer with good strong blades.
Idli / Dosa Molaga Podi in microwave
Dry Red chilies (stacks removed ) - 1 cup
Gram Gram dal / Husked Urad dal - 3/4 cup
Bengal Gram / Channa dal - 1/2 cup
Asafetida / Hing - 2 pinches
Curry leaves - handful
Salt - 1/2 tsp (per taste)
Oil - 1 tsp
How to make Molaga Podi in Microwave:
In a microwave-safe bowl, add 1 tsp oil and mix in channa dal. Micro for 1 min. Remove the dal to a plate. Add in urad dal. Micro for 30 secs
Once done, remove to the plate, add in the red chilies, salt, hing, and curry leaves. Microwave for 30 secs.
Remove to a plate. Allow it to cool or put it under the fan.
First, take the lentils, blend, or pulse them a couple of times. Then finally add the chilies and blend again.
How coarse you want depends on your preference. I normally make it a little coarse so that you get to bite on the lentil.