Idli with Coconut Chutney , a recognition well deserved
Now I never thought that I would blog about Idli, this is such a common food at our home. But this deserves its praise and honour and a place in my blog hence writing about it. Growing up I think I pretty much swore everyday that when I grow big I will never ever make idli, you see my grand father had diabetics and a BP so this was his staple breakfast, very little salt and no oil this was his best choice and hence it was made daily I think pretty much 365 days a year,and as kids we had to eat this for the major part too and hence the aversion. But now as a working mom I love this its easy, tasty and can make endless variations with the batter.
Idli I believe was originated from karnataka ( Source wiki), but this is eaten pretty much all around south and I assume its available in North too. Idli can be made couple of ways , I generally use urad dal and idli rava but most of my friends make it from par boiled rice.Also they are different variations of idli there is rava idle , khadubu ( idli steamed in banana leaves with pepper corn, coconut pieces, ginger, g.chilies , if you ever visit Bangalore do give this a try ), mini idli's which are bite sized etc..
Now best part of eating idli is the various accompaniment and chutneys that this can be enjoyed with, starting with sambar which is match probably a match made in heaven, coconut chutney , Idli podi ( i cannot even mention the ways that this can be made), allam pachadi ( ginger chutney), tomato pachadi ( tomato chutney), Peanut chutney and so on.
Although making idli is pretty easy there are few tools of the trade that are widely used first up the stone grinder which was pride of any house hold then, idle steamer, special kind of spoon to scoop the idli out of the steamer in order to create a smooth layer of idli. These days I believe we get non-stick microwavable idli steamers ,counter top mini stone grinder making life much more easier.
Check Indira's website for a details on idli grinder here
Made coconut chutney today to accompany our beloved Idli
To make idle batter
makes an excellent breakfast or brunch . And tata garu Happy Birthday, and thank you for all your guidance, I might have been a brat then but now I value all your teachings and I am glad to have grown up in your guidance. My grandpa just turned 83 years younger