Ellu podi| Sesame seeds Chutney powder is an aromatic spice powder for Idli dosa as well as rice. Sesame seeds has many health benefits and the seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium and copper. The presence of phytosterols reduces blood cholesterol, enhances the immune response and decrease the risk of certain type of cancer. It is good for digestion and also for healthy skin. Helps lessen anxiety and alleviates anemia.

I prepared Peanut chutney podi last month and shared the recipe with you. The bottle got emptied two weeks before and wanted to make this Ellu podi. I always prefer using black sesame seeds for podis, ellu urundai..etc as it is nutritious than the white ones. But you could use both types for this podi. It tastes nice with idli dosa as well as steamed rice with a drizzle of oil or ghee.

Ellu Podi recipe

Sesame seeds- 1 cup
Chana dal- 1/2 cup
Urad dal- 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies- 8 nos
Garlic- 4 big cloves
Curry leaves- 2 strands
Asafetida- 1/4 teaspoon
Salt- to taste

Sesame seeds powder recipe


  • In a pan dry roast the sesame seeds until they starts to crakle, 
  • Same pan dry roast the chana dal and urad dal separately one by one till golden colour appears.
  • Dry roast red chillies, cut garlic with peel, and curry leaves together till the red chillies and curry leaves turns crisp.
  • Combine every thing together and allow to cool.
  • Transfer the cooled ingredients inside a blender jar with asafetida and salt; blend to make a coarse powder.
  • Serve with hot idlis or dosas drizzled with oil. 
  • Try my other quick podi recipes for idli dosa.
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