Two Idies & Bucket Sambar !!!

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Also known as: Madras Ratna Cafe Idly-Sambar, Vellore Palace Cafe Idly-Sambar, tiffin: idly-sambar Two Idlies and Bucket Sambar. Hotel Style Idly Sambar. Tamil Nadu Idly-Sambhar. Restaurant Special Idly Sambar. After a long break, I am finally back to Oxford! I have traveled a lot this year, besides have been shuttling back and forth from Mississippi [...]

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Chili Idly / Idly Fry / Fried Idlies / Hot and Spicy Idly 65

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Idly Fry: I recall my early childhood days…my Mom and brother used to go to my granny’s home, during summer vacation. Happily leaving behind, me and my Pappa:( Hmmm, even though Dad would be so busy’ he will never fail to give me atleast 3 calls from his office during the day:) Well, indeed we [...]

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Samba Rawa Idly / Godhumai Ravai Idly / Cracked Wheat Idly

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Godhumai Rawai Idly: Ingredients: For The Batter: Urad dhall 1/2 cupFenugreek seeds 1 spoonCracked Wheat 1 cupSaltBaking soda 1/2 spoon For Tempering: Green chilies 3 choppedGinger 2″ ChoppedChana + Urad dahll 2-4 spoonsCumin seeds 1 spoonMustard seeds 1/2 spoonAsafoetida 1 pinchCurry leaves fewOil few spoonsCilantro leaves few. Method: Soak the lentils and fenugreek seeds for [...]

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Keema Idly / Mini Idlies with Minced Meat – Taj Special

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Keema Idly: I vividly remember this particular dish, that I have tasted from Taj Coromandel hotel, Chennai. When I was studying at Chennai…myself and my Dad used to dine out a lot. It was lot of fun’ to escape from the usual hostel food. I used to long for those Wednesdays…when Dad used to come [...]

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Ragi Idly / Kezhvaragu Idly / Finger Millet Steamed Cakes

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Raagi Idli: Ingredients: Ragi flour 1 cupUrad dal 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds 1 spoonSaltBaking soda 1 pinchOil few spoons. Method: Soak the urad dal and the seeds overnight and wet-grind it to smooth paste. Now mix ragi flour, salt and soda to it. Allow this to ferment. Grease the idli molds and steam cook the [...]

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Spicy Dhokle – Steamed Lentil’s Cake

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Ukkarai: Ukali / Ukarai in Tamil, Dhokla / Dhokle. Paruppu Idly. Lentil’s Idly. I can’t put anything in my mouth, that doesn’t look close to my traditional food. Or simply, I repel away from any industry processed food. I keep a big distance from any stuff, which my great grandmother wouldn’t consider as food. My [...]

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Nei Idly – Rethinking First Food!!!

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Nei Idly – Baby’s First Meal An emotional eating habit is vanishing away in today’s fast food culture!!! What brings an enjoyment in eating a meal? Why are we attached sentimentally to certain mythological foods? Knowing some basics of food (like what it is made of, where do we find them, how hard it is [...]

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Podi Idly – School Days Boxed Lunch!!!

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Podi Idly: What is so unappetizing in today’s microwavable ready to eat meals? Why sometimes the package food, is so complicated to me? Who am I kidding? Am still living in the nostalgic past? I can’t put anything in my mouth, that doesn’t look close to food!! Simply I wouldn’t entertain myself with fancy cup [...]

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Idly – The Old Fashioned Way!!!

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A Primitive Idly Xuanzang(Popularly known as Hsüan-tsang, 602 – 664 CE) was a famous Chinese traveler, said in one of his book ‘si-yu-ki’ that Indians never owned a steaming vessel! Just for an argument sake…Well, in a primitive society, especially during famine and poverty…commoners might have not owned an exclusive steaming vessel, but that doesn’t [...]

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Tumkur Thatte Idly – Karnataka Special

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Tumkur Thatte Idli:(Karnataka Style) Karnataka’s Flat Idlies. Thattae Idly. Thatte Idly. Flat Idlies. Madras Rathna Cafe Idly – Triplicane, Chennai. Palace Cafe Idly – Vellore. Thattai Idlies. Thattai Idly. Thatte idly is certainly from Karnataka, as far as I know! It is said that its quite famous around the Tumkur district. Well, they have an [...]

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