World Idli Day and the Idli-Snob


My friend, Chandresh had posted about today being the World Idli Day in our WhatsApp group and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about idlis.

First, a dedication – this post is dedicated to Kashiana, who is the only sardarni known to me who loves Idli more than south Indians. 🙂 I think of Kashiana every time I eat idlis.

Second – I have to confess that I am an Idli-snob. My maternal grandmother made the best melt-in-your-mouth idlis ever and NO ONE makes them anymore. My mother manages to make really good idlis and Murugan Idli shop makes good idlis. I will not eat idlis in Andhra Pradesh or Telangana because they use idli rava to make them and I can’t stand those idlis. Kerala and Karnataka idlis are ok… Veena stores at Malleswaram, Bangalore boasts of the best idlis in India, but in my opinion they are good and not outstanding. I told you, am an idli-snob.

Third – I never knew that the world celebrates Idli day. Now that I know about this, I shall ensure that on every March 30th we celebrate with idlis at home. Coincidentally, Amma made Rava idlis today for breakfast. These are more vegetable idlis than rava idlis as we are trying to add more vegetables to our diet. I made my new favourite, Capsicum Chutney – Discovery of the week ! to eat along with the idli.

Happy World Idli Day folks ! Stay Home, Stay Safe. Idlis are nutritious and have the perfect combination of carbs and protein. So go on, enjoy them guilt free.

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