Idly podi is coarsely ground, resulting in a granular and slightly gritty texture. This texture allows it to cling well to the surface of idlis or dosas when sprinkled.The color of idly podi can range from reddish-brown to dark brown, depending on the ratio of red chilies used in the blend.
The spiciness of idly podi varies depending on the number of red chilies used. It can range from mildly spicy to quite hot, offering flexibility for different taste preferences.
Idly podi is traditionally served with idlis and dosas. It’s commonly mixed with ghee or sesame oil to create a flavorful dipping condiment. Additionally, it can be sprinkled on rice or used as a seasoning for various South Indian dishes.