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August 21, 2012

Poondu Milagai Podi ~ Garlic Gun Powder

Poondu Milagai Podi

This powder by my Grandma is very popular among the family. A very simple accompaniment to go with idli or dosas that can be stored just like the regular idli milagai podi. Hubby was introduced to this when he was served this for breakfast when we both visited her house after our marriage. Ever since that he is totally addicted. Though I love the flavor of garlic, I do not like eating it in its raw or semi cooked form as I do not like the smell it leaves in your breath after eating.

She used to make this with Kopra / dry coconut. We used to get this kopra in “Sandhai” (Farmer’s market”) when we go there every Sunday. But now-a-days it is very difficult to get kopra, so I started to make this with regular coconut itself.

Though there is no difference in the making process of this powder, using kopra increases the shelf life by another week or 10 days. So when making this regular coconut, just make sure that you use a dry spoon for every use.

Poondu Milagai Podi

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Shelf Life: 10-15 Days

  • Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  • Whole dry red chillies – 20
  • Garlic – 15 cloves
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Rock / Crystal Salt – to taste


1. Heat a pan with oil. Add the garlic cloves and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove and keep aside.

2. To the same pan add the dry chillies and roast till the color changes over low flame for 1 minute. Remove and keep separately.

3. To the same pan add the grated coconut and over low flame roast for 10-15 minutes. By this time you can smell the wonderful aroma of coconut. Switch of fire and keep aside to cool down.

4. In a mixer jar first place roasted chillies, rock salt and powder to a coarse consistency. Now add the roasted coconut and once again run the mixer till everything is combined and you get a coarse powder.

5. Finally add the sautéed garlic cloves and using the whipper button, pulse for 3 or 4 times at regular intervals.

6. Store this powder in a clean jar and serve with idlis or dosas.

  • Adjust the quantity of red chillies to suit your spice level.
  • Do not use more than necessary oil for roasting as the coconut itself has oil in it.
  • The consistency of the powder is your choice. You can grind it either coarse or fine but traditionally it is coarse.
  • Do not run the mixer at full speed after adding garlic, else the powder will become mushy.
  • While serving pour 1/2 tsp of oil to 1 tsp of this powder and mix well together.


  1. Love garlic in my milagai podi, can imagine the taste of this flavourful podi with crispy dosas, definitely divine.

  2. ooooooooooh!!!!! my father in law loves this! going to asathi him with this :) haha

  3. Sounds like a delicious accompaniment to idly of dosa..

  4. wow.. this looks out of the world.. what is the shelf life radhi?

    1. It is 10-15 days Rosh. I have mentioned above the ingredients...

  5. Looks yummy..I will make it.

  6. scrumptious looking chutney...can polish off the whole bowlful.

  7. Very nice, we too make it but little different ..

  8. love the dish and your new webpage... congrats Radhika...

  9. Super recipie,But i used to prepare with out coconut by replacing dhaniya,Nextime will try with Coconut

  10. Wow great post,spicy and yum,thanks for sharing.

  11. Very flavorful, I've never tried it with coconut..

  12. My Mom makes a similar recipe without the coconut. Very tempting dish !!

  13. Great, its same as we make for vada pav. Like the name gun powder :)


  14. wow...love this..yummy and flavourful.

    1. Oh!! its my favorite...Tatses delicious with idlies..

  15. wow! so yummy I love the color of it


  16. very tasty and nice flavour

  17. superb taste i tried it .I ate this in madurai hotel it is in powder form how to prepare like that.


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