when v go on a tour best item to pack is idlies with idly milagai podi.mix podi with oil spread it on the idlies and pack it.more it marinates better the taste.i always sprinkle some sugar on top of these idlies coated with milagai podi.my husband & myself love the taste.kids jus enjoy it.
here is how we prepare idly milagai podi
2 cups red chillies
1/2cup channa dhal
1/2cup urad dhal
a small piece of asafoetida(Katti perungayam) this can also be replaced by asafoetida powder
salt to taste
oil to saute
1/4 tsp of jaggery
In a kadai add oil.roast first 3 items separately one by one.Keep the flame'medium',taking care not to over or under fry.The frying part is the most important slot as this decides the quality of the powder.then roast the asafoetida .take it off the kadai soon.
allow all the items to cool down and grind all the ingredients adding salt and jaggery to it.