Gunpowder Spice (Milagai Podi)
Its official name is Milagai Podi, which translates to chili powder. However, Gunpowder Spice is the name most commonly used by south Indian food fans. It’s a dry condiment made from smoothly ground roasted dal (lentils), sesame seeds, chilies, cumin, coriander, and other spices.
While its name implies it packs a punch, the heat level of Gunpowder Spice can vary from medium to spicy - depending on the number of chilies used. Truly customizable, this spice blend can appear black, yellow, red or green, as a result of which dal and spices are blended to create it – providing a nice pop of both flavor and color to your plate.
Originally used to season idlis (savory rice cake), dosas, rice and noodles, it’s now being discovered for how truly versatile it can be. Generously sprinkle this blend on any dish for an instant flavor boost.
*Also known by: Molaga Podi, Idli Podi Spice mix