Saturday, August 29, 2009

Idalage!

When you think of food and South India , I am sure you cannot escape thinking of the soft , fluffly , white melt in the mouth idlies....Even though it is the crispy dosas which are more in demand in my house , my vote would always go to the steaming hot idlis...I have always wondered who would have discovered the equations behind these wonderful dishes... They seem to be with us ,, passed on from generation to generation from our mothers and grand mothers ....and have today become the part of tradition.

I read an article that caught my attention a few weeks back that spoke about the history of Idli.I was amused and amazed.. According to reasearcher and scholar, historian K.T. Achaya Idli has its origin in Indonesia ...We never used to make this fermented batter earlier before , it was introduced from our neighbouring cuisine.. Indonesia ...Thus food like all art links us to our own roots ...when India and Indonesia was not divided as two separate land masses and when the whole of Eurasia was addressed as Jambudveepa our cultures, food habits,art and architecture have co existed and survived and also influenced our traditions. To read more on K.T. Achaya and his research click here.


Idli has always been a comfort food for me . It is the easiest to pack and carry with us during train journeys .. filling and healthy for both kids and adults and once you have the batter ready in the fridge hot steaming idlis are ready in no time ...



Depending on the availabiliy of the wet grinder or ordinary blender/ mixer the ratio of the rice and urad dal varies . As I do not have a wet grider the ratio I use is 3:1 One Urad dal for every three cups of rice. I also add 2 tbsps of fenugreek seeds for an added smell. Soak this mixture for 4-6 hours and grind to a smooth smooth paste. If you grind the urad dal and rice separately you will get better fluffiness for the idlis . Keep for fermenting overnight. Add salt to taste . steam idlis by pouring the batter into idli moulds . Steam for 10 minutes and your idlis are ready to eat. I make healthy variations by garnishing the batter with grated vegetables before steaming .

I submit these indo- indonesian beauties to the legume love affair hosted by The well seasoned cook.

32 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi nanditha....idli looks so soft...really a healthy breafast and i love to have it...& thanks for dropping by my blog...hope to c u again

Susan said...

Great info on the origins of idlis, Nanditha. Thanks so much for your great MLLA recipe. Very glad to see you back with Satvika! : }

Sanghi said...

Its 100% true dear.. the puffy, fluffy idli's.. I crave for them, as i stay away from india.. You really made me drooling now. First time here, u have a lovely blog! I'm following. Do check my blog..!:)

Cynthia said...

I desperately want to make and eat idili. I have read and heard so much about it from so many blogs including yours. When I was in the US for part of this summer, I went to a couple of stores seeking to purchase the plates but no such luck :(

Suma Rajesh said...

its a new imformation nanduakka..loved ur healthy idlies...i remember ammumma used to fill potato masala ...yummmm...will surly make ur way..

Aparna Prabhu said...

Hey nanditha Idlis luk really soft nd nice....i never porepare them here as it doesnt get doubled in volume.....nd happy to c u at my kitchen wish to c u always :)

meeso said...

What a nice post, and yeah, I love to eat these, too! Too bad I can't eat them more often :( They are too yummy!

Pavithra said...

Idli looks soft and its real comforting food forever...

Nithya said...

Those idlis look so soft and yumm.. I like home made idlis only and cant stand it at the hotels.. Your version looks yummm :)

First time here and should say you have a lovely space. Keep it going. I like your collection of recipes. Will drop in now and then.

Nithya
www.4thsensesamayal.blogspot.com
www.nitsarts.blogspot.com

Do visit when you find time.

Jaishree said...

Its a new imformation on the origins of idlis, Nanditha. Idlis luk really soft and nice...Its really a healthy & comfort food and i love to have it..

Nanditha Prabhu said...

sushma,
thank you for visiting :)

susan ,
finally i started ... with your MLLA event

sanghi,
thank you for stopping by :)keep visiting

cynthia,
i am sure you will get the idli moulds in the indian store...

Suma,
i know .. ammumma always had innovative ideas with all her recipes..

aparna ,
when i was in US i too had this problem with idlis as u said .. I used to keep the ground batter in the warm oven for a while ....and it worked the miracle.


Meeso. welcome ... And thank you for your kind words.

Pavithra,
thank you and visit more often ...


Nithya , as you said i too love only home made idlis ....

Jaishree,
idlis seem to be a comfort food for many ...thank you for stopping over :)

Purnima said...

Nandu, honestly had no clue abt the origin! Tks for bringing across this lovely post.
Thks for trying beet pooris, glad they worked great for your folks! :)

Suma Rajesh said...

hey i have tagged u so please visit my blog..

Jyothsna said...

Idlis are from Indonesia! They are always so comforting!

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Anonymous said...

I am an Indonesian. To support the argument that idli was introduced by Indonesian Hindu kings, let me give you additional information. The technique of fermentation came to Indonesia thanks to Chinese traders who introduced tofu, ketchup, and fermented soy cake 2000 years ago. Interestingly in case of soy bean fermentation, Javanese people in Indonesia developed their own leavening agent, the Rhizopus mold, to suit with the tropical climate which later functions as the basis of making tempeh, Indonesian soy cake. The word ketchup is from Malay word kecap (same pronunciation) borrowed when the British occupied Malaysia. The idea that modern idli is based on Indonesian recipe makes sense. Although in Indonesia we have lost kedli, something we don’t even know its existence, Indonesians do have a traditional fermented rice cake called kue mangkok (bowl cake). It is named so because it is steamed actually in various shapes of small cups, not bowls, and involves batter, fermentation, and steaming.

Anonymous said...

I am an Indonesian. To support the argument that idli was introduced by Indonesian Hindu kings, let me give you additional information. The technique of fermentation came to Indonesia thanks to Chinese traders who introduced tofu, ketchup, and fermented soy cake 2000 years ago. Interestingly in case of soy bean fermentation, Javanese people in Indonesia developed their own leavening agent, the Rhizopus mold, to suit with the tropical climate which later functions as the basis of making tempeh, Indonesian soy cake. The word ketchup is from Malay word kecap (same pronunciation) borrowed when the British occupied Malaysia. The idea that modern idli is based on Indonesian recipe makes sense. Although in Indonesia we have lost kedli, something we don’t even know its existence, Indonesians do have a traditional fermented rice cake called kue mangkok (bowl cake). It is named so because it is steamed actually in various shapes of small cups, not bowls, and involves batter, fermentation, and steaming.

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