Dec 23, 2005

IDLI...the staple diet of Madurai !

Idli - the most famous south Indian breakfast /dinner/ snack.(Well for those who do not understand what an Idli is, check wikipedia .)
Madurai is the place to be if you are an idli fan! Breakfast is incomplete without idli,vadai & sambar for most people

Small Restaurants or eateries like Murugan idli kadai , Otha-panamarthu kadai, Mudaliar idli kadai, Gowri, etc have an 'idli- fan following' of their own.
Photo Courtesy : Occhappan
The way side 'idli kadai aayaas' sometimes surprisingly make softer and tastier idlis than the big restaurants...but you have to sacrifice a little bit of hygiene ! One such 'aayaa idli outlet' near my house, right on top of a drainage channel, is so famous and busy at night time that people wait even half an hour to buy a few idlis!
I fondly remember the "Paapa kadai idli" run by an old lady called Paapa (meaning Baby in Tamil) during my childhood days in West Ponnagaram 12th street at Madurai. I haven't seen better idils made after that...

Idli was one of the main menus in my engineering college hostel.I used to run as far as I could from our hostel mess."Sathak bomb" as we called it, was so hard and heavy that one could break a head with it! But some guys (like Chella) to my disbelief even relished that !

I simply can’t understand the craze that my people (Tamils) have for this white piece of rice cake.Honestly, Idli has never been my favorite snack. If not then why am I writing something about it? Well, If you are from Madurai, there are some things that you can hate but can never ignore or escape. Idli is one such! Longlive Idli!

12 comments:

  1. Reminds me, Once I and Francis of our batch had a competition on Sathak Idly eating. I won that by eating 21 of those hard rocks at a stretch :-)

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  2. hey chen... i think that was in ur 2nd year...21? man! what were u made of?

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  3. Praveen8:48 PM

    Maan,
    you made my tongue to salivate! 30 idlis 2 veech and 2 double ommlette topped with Beer was my record in RECT!

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  4. ashok9:21 PM

    appali...i think that must be a world record !!!

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  5. wait do you guys know each other chen and ashok?

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  6. yes tilo,u r right...we r both Sathakians.. and part of the elite band of "sathak cultural team"

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  7. But chen has written so well about his mom's business - now I want to give idli one last try. I hate filter coffee too

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  8. some guys can eat and drink anything !

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  9. idli enakku rembe pudukkum

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  10. Anonymous3:28 AM

    I'm a poor little mallu who can't stand idlis... I'm from palaghat so our diet is more thamilian than mallu. I actually got to your blog by typing in "I hate idlis". At home, my mother feels the inclination to make doshas and idlis everyday. I know I shouldn't be complaining but... wahhhhhh :(

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  11. *mallu anon...me too...wahhhh :(

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  12. My God, i miss Madurai. I miss the yummy food- esp the kothu parota, the one and only jigardhanda, flowers (oh-the wonderful smell and the way they are wound so tight together) and shopping. Pattu sarees from the society shops near St Mary;s church! and ofcourse, nowadays, pothys...

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