In search of Idly Sambar…
I wanted to have the title as “In search of Idly vadai” but that would ostensibly associate the post with IdlyVadai ‘s blog – might raise spicy expectations 😉 . This post is not about such spicy stuff :). Actually I’ve been starved of our famous south Indian recipe – the Idly-sambar-vadai for over a month and today only I could get hold of a good meal of Idly – vadai – sambar punctuated with chutney – thanks to our collegue-friend; hence this post 🙂
People used to tell me – eating Idly is not good for health – fearing because of the Urad dal, we would get fatty. But who cares? Idly vadai is part of the cultural system of Tamil Nadu :). Even leaving out home and living abroad is not a big deal but leaving out our food does make a lot of deal.
There are about 15-20 varieties of Idly (including our Kushbu idly 🙂 ) – may be a search here might help. My interests are, Conjeevaram idly, Sambar idly etc. Even if we are suffering from stomach related problems, we can have idly without sambar of course – wouldn’t cause any harm. Also even in roadside shops, if unavoidable, the idly is better thing to eat – because it is boiled unlike other eateries which might be cooked with oil.
Last week I went to an Indian restaurant – they had idly – sambar etc in the menu; For 4 idlys with sambar, the cost is about four dollars – the guy who came with me almost fainted – he is a conversion junkie – always converting the dollars to indian money, poor guy 🙂