Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi

Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi

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This peppy cocktail snack features cashew-studded idlis coated with spicy milagai podi. Adding spiced cashews to the idli batter gives the idlis a nice peppy crunch, while tossing it with milagai podi raises the spice quotient.

Milagai Podi is a South Indian spice powder made of red chillies, which is so fiery that it is often called ‘gun powder’! It is considered a classic accompaniment for idlis. It is a good idea to make the idlis in a handy mini size, so that it will easy to pop one into your mouth!

Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi is good to have as an evening tea-time snack too. If you are serving to kids, make just the cashew-studded idlis, without tossing it in the spice powder.

Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi recipe - How to make Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 60 mini idlis
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1 cup idli batter
1/2 cup chopped masala cashewnuts
salt to taste
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp milagai podi

  1. Combine the idli batter, cashews and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Put a little batter into each greased mini idli mould and steam in a steamer for 10 minutes or till the idlis are cooked.
  3. Cool slightly, demould and keep aside.
  4. Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan, add the malagpodi and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the idli and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  6. Serve immediately.
Nutrient values per mini idli
Energy4 cal
Protein0.1 g
Carbohydrates0.4 g
Fiber0 g
Fat0.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A2.1 mcg
Vitamin B10 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Folic Acid0.5 mcg
Calcium0.7 mg
Iron0 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium0.1 mg
Potassium2.7 mg
Zinc0 mg


Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi
 on 14 Sep 18 01:44 PM

Thanks for this awesome recipe mam. I tried it. It cane nice, however mine is not so dry like yours, it has got bit of lumps here and there. Nevermind , it tastes great though ! Also, I made another Bach for my kids. I made their mila gai podi using your recipe but didn’t add dry redchilly , instead added cashews almonds (roasted and powdered just like the two dals) and 1 tsp Maggi masala.
Tarla Dalal
14 Sep 18 03:53 PM
   Hi Vijeta, Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes from our website and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi
 on 21 Oct 16 04:43 PM

Button idlis.. visually are so good to see.. and the combination with masala cashews and malgapodi.. is just fabulous.. Must try recipe..