Podi Idli Recipe, Idlis tossed in podi recipe


As they say, Idli is a word. Podi Idli is an emotion. This was my school lunch box favorite when I was young and it is becoming one of the staple snack for my son in school. He just loves it. Mini idlies coated in a rich podi or lentil masala. Who doesn’t love it? Its so comforting. It travels well too. I know many families who wont travel without packing podi idlies for a long travel. Its quick and can be made in minutes.

Here is the Recipe for Idli
Here is the Recipe for Idli Podi

There are two kinds of people in this world. People who prefer ghee for their podi and people who prefer sesame oil (nallennai). I like them both. My favorite has got to be the idlies coated in sesame oil. Its so nutty and aromatic. Podi idli is all you need to save yourself from this world.

Here is a little video of how to coat idlies in podi. Hope you like it.

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Podi Idli Recipe

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Recipe for idlies tossed in podi. Podi idli recipe. South Indian Tamilnadu Style idlies coated with podi and sesame oil / nallennai.

  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 15 mini Idlies
  • 4 teaspoon Idli Podi
  • 4 teaspoon Sesame Oil or Ghee
  • 2 teaspoon chopped curry leaves


  1. Take a bowl and add in the idlies and 2 teaspoon of idli podi and 2 teaspoon of oil. Toss well to coat. Set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add in the chopped curry leaves. Saute for 10 seconds.
  3. Add in the idli mixture. Add in the remaining Podi in 2-3 intervals making sure the idlies are nicely coated and podi is fully absorbed before adding more podi.
  4. Switch off the heat.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

4 thoughts on “Podi Idli Recipe, Idlis tossed in podi recipe”

  1. Akka I love your recipes and I have tried making Annapoorna sambar and my whole family enjoyed it.. Thank you so much akka.. I enjoy reading your recipes and your traditional touch in each recipes shows your love for cooking.. Thank you so much akka.. Please share idly podi recipe… Thank you akka.

  2. Dear Suguna,

    I just starting reading your recipes and am beginning to enjoy them as i try each of them . The simplicity of the recipe is really nice. However have a small suggestion for the website. When i need to get to a certain recipe, the search option is a little circuitous. i have to search by category and sometimes need to search a couple or more categories before i can hit the recipe i am looking for.
    Sometimes we end up searching for a recipe to make soemthing speclal on a guest day and time is premium on such occasions. Hence thought it would be a good idea to also have a generic search which will return matching results – perhaps a few of themout of which i can hit the one i am looking for. If its too much of a hassle , you may ignore my suggestion. but thought this will certianly make the search option easier..Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. God bless you !

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Asha. There is a generic search button on the top of the site. have you tried it? The box reads “google custom search”. You can use that to search any recipe from Kannamma cooks. Thank you!

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