logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Indian Culture Site

BellaOnline's Indian Culture Editor

g

Idli - South Indian Cake

Guest Author - Preena Deepak

Idli is a round cake made with a fermented blend of rice and de husked black lentils. It is not only a compulsory part of traditional South Indian breakfast but also healthy, nutritious and tasty when eaten with chutney, sambar or any other Indian gravy (Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Idli is a light food that is easy to digest and suits anyone, young and old. It is a safe food for even infants, elderly or those with delicate stomachs.

With a History that began in 920 AD, the Idli first appeared in the Indian State of Karnataka. At that time these Indian cakes were made only using ground mix of de husked black lentils. The cooking process employed to make these early versions of Idli was also different.

The idli has gone through several transformations over the last several years both in terms of ingredients used and method of preparation. At present a calculated proportion of rice and de husked lentils, soaked for at least 4 hours are ground separately and blended together before they are allowed to ferment overnight or at least for 8 hours. This batter is then transferred using a ladle to greased idli trays and steam cooked.

In traditional South Indian homes, a clean white cloth is spread over the idli tray and no oil is applied on the tray, making idli healthier. After steaming these in an idli cooker, the cloth with the round white idli cakes is turned over into a vessel.

Idli is a nutritious food rich in carbohydrates and low in fat. Packaged idli mixes have now hit the stands and are a boon to novices. Idli can be prepared as a sweet dish and even semolina (rava) can be used to make idli.

Idli is a bland dish which is eaten with spicy coconut /onion/tomato/coriander chutney or sambar. A selection of Indian spices, roasted and ground into a powder called ‘milagai podi’ is mixed with gingili or groundnut oil and is another hot accompaniment for idli. Besides these traditional options, idli goes well even with non vegetarian gravies, stews and jams.

It is a common practice for South Indians to use excess idlis to prepare snack dishes like idli upma and fried idli. These are delicious ways to recycle idlis.
Though belonging to South India, Idli is now consumed throughout India and even abroad. With easier options to make idlis, this nutrition packed Indian food is certain to make its way into many more cuisines.

Picture courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Here are a couple of books on Idli

Buy IDLI: An Indigenous Fermented Food from Flipkart.com

Buy Idlis & Dosas by Tarla Dalal on Amazon.com
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Twitter Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Facebook Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to MySpace Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Del.icio.us Digg Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Yahoo My Web Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Google Bookmarks Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Stumbleupon Add Idli+%2D+South+Indian+Cake to Reddit




Idli Recipe
Types of Idli
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Indian Culture Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Preena Deepak. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Preena Deepak. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Traditional Indian Indoor Games

Lamps in Indian Culture

Diwali Craft Ideas

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor