10/04/2015

I for Idlis

You are what you eat! 
- heard that one before?

In case I am what I eat, I guess that makes me pretty much a global mess...

When it comes to food, I am easy. I like most things and I am happy to try new stuff. I enjoy exploring and experimenting both when eating out and when I cook in my own kitchen. A touch of cinnamon in here, some coriander in there and voila: the dish has a whole new flavor. Sometimes better, sometimes not and sometimes just .. different...

But what's with the idlis - you might think? Well, to me, idlis is a perfect example of my favorite kind of food, namely the social sharing kind of food. The kind you can sit and eat of for hours, a part of a social meal where the eating goes in between the talking and laughing.

Just the name idlis makes me smile, thinking of happy idli moments gathered with friends. The sharing kind, like tapas, meze, thali or idlis - like at the Idli House in Mumbai, where they serve mainly, well idlis:-) With all kinds of flavors, spices, chutneys. Sitting there tasting, dipping, talking... What happy moments:-)

And of course it is a big bonus that idlis are healthy food, made of dal/lenthils and rice.

Idlis at the Idli House. YUM:




What food makes you happy? Please share. 

1-30 April 2015 I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge. My theme for the challenge is Happiness. I hope you enjoy coming along. 

51 comments:

  1. Food is always the center of our family reunions. Your social food sharing friends sound like my kind of people!

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    1. Yes, its great isnt it? Thanks for visiting:-)

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  2. I so love the colourful pictures here. Never realized idlis were so photogenic...lol! I'm a south Indian, so at home we have steaming hot idlis as often as one would have a sandwich. So, when I see people enjoying this fare it leaves me with both pride and wonder, as to how such a simple meal can be relished by different kind of people.
    Loved your description of enjoying idlis with your friends :)

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    1. Awww - thanks for your happy feedback Vinodini:-) All the best

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  3. The pictures are yummy and I want to eat some idli;s now, tempting post; thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hehe - Thanks for visiting:-) All the best

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  4. They look delicious and I am hungry! Wish they were on my table.

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    1. They are goood :-) Thanks for stopping by Kristin

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  5. I think this is the first time I have ever heard of or seen of them! ;) My #1 food of choice for now is pizza! I especially love thin-sliced - spinach-feta is one such example. :) <3

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    1. mmmmm - that sounds yum too, thanks for sharing Elly:-)

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  6. Have you tried Fried Idlis with Coconut Chutney? They taste yummy too!

    Fellow #AtoZChallenge Blogger,
    Mithila @Fabulus1710
    http://www.fabulus1710.blogspot.in

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  7. The idea of the social sharing meal sounds wonderful. I looked up Idli to understand exactly what it is. Sounds interesting. For me, all food makes me happy :) Except for beetroot.

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    1. hehe - great Rhonda - thanks for sharing:-) Hugs

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  8. Hello again! As soon as I saw your picture I recognised you and remember your previous blog from last year. Anyway, thanks for visiting Anabel's Travel Blog. My C post was curry so I think we are in agreement here.

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    1. Happy to reconnect Anabel. yes, think so, Curry could have been my happy C too-)

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  9. Well, I am from South India and Idli is the staple food,here, much like curd rice or dosa, especially eaten for breakfast. I love idlis with dal or spicy coconut chutneys :)

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    1. Awesome. I love spicy coconut chutneys too. Yum. Happy you visited Prasanna

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  10. Idlis are the healthiest breakfast options.. and you can lose weight too :)

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    1. Yes, very healthy:-) Thanks for visiting

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  11. I never knew that Idli is so popular outside India too :P

    I too love it the most and I am a fan of south indian food. My wife always tells me that she wonders how come I married a punjabi girl when my love is South India all the time :P

    When it comes to food especially outside dinner or lunch, my first choice is anything italian or chinese..

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    1. Hahah - yes, lots of yummy south Indian dishes for sure. Thanks a lot for visiting:-)

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  12. Oh idlis make me happy too. I love the rava idli with coconut chutney. Yummy yummy yummy.

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    1. Too good:-) Thanks for visiting dear Suzy:-)

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  13. Ah! Being a south Indian, where idli is a popular dish, it definitely doesnt make anywhere close to my favorite list! Eating it atleast once in a week for breakfast akes that to you! :D

    It Happens For A Reason

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    1. Hahaha - I can imagine - but so many varieties though:-) Happy to see you here Swathi

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  14. Oh idlis make me happy! My weekend breakfast is idlis or dosas :)
    Thanks to ten years in South India. I can't imagine life without these two :)

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    1. I can totally understand why! I love dosas too:-) Hugs

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  15. Global Mess? How did you come up with that! :D Nailed it! Loved your pot, Eli! :)

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  16. Today I learned something new - Idlis. I have never heard about it before or tasted it. I love tapas and meze just as you discribed they are social meals. And that is why I love them beside being tasty. I guess idlis is something for me to try. Thank you!

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    1. Oh, thats great! Hope you will get to try it - and like it. Thanks for visiting:-)

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  17. Wow! Though I live in Mumbai since three decades, I original from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, where IDLIS originate from. I am amazed that they have travelled all over the world :)
    You are welcome to check out my A-Z posts here: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

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    1. The pics are from Idli house in Matunga Mumbai:-) Amazing place:-) Thanks Sundari:-)

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  18. lemon meringue pie! and chocolate... :D

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    1. Oh yum:-) Thanks for visiting:-)

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  19. LOL Eli. I can relate. I am pretty much a global mess when it comes to food habits. I can't say Idli is on my favorite list as being a South Indian I ate it all the time and I guess it lost the charm. Not saying that I don't enjoy it. Nonetheless, your post makes me want some now. :P
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Hahah - I can imagine. Thanks for sharing Shanaya, happy to see you here:-) Hugs

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  20. Some of the idlis look like doughnuts! Recently, I began eating paleo (hoping to ease Crohn's symptoms) so idlis aren't in my near future. But once things are under control, an occasional treat will be in store. Idlis will be one of them. Right now, anything that makes me feel warm and sated: avocados, coconut milk/oil/water, butter.

    Visiting from A to Z,
    Drusilla Barron
    http://lovedasif.com
    http://glamofgod.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and for sharing. Best of luck with your health:-) Hope you will get to try it - and that you will like it:-)

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  21. Idli is my favorite as well, easy to munch for breakfast and afternoon snack, along with tea:) I am quite easy, too:)

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    1. Yes, its so yum, isnt it:-) Thanks Vishal:-)

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  22. Haha I am bored of Idlis! I belong to that part of the country where that is a kind of staple food. Its our every morning breakfast. :D But its good to see you trying new food. So which all food do you like?

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    1. Hahah - you are too spoiled:-) Hehe - happy to see you here:-)

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    2. Of course Eli! I will be try to be regular though :D

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  23. Ah idlis. Our regular fare and yes, I never tire of them. The variety of idlis, the chutneys, the powders, the sabjis make it all the more tantalising :)

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    1. Amazing:-) Thanks dear Shailaja, happy to see you here:-)

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  24. I love idlis. I can eat them with everything and anything - the traditional chutney-sambhar to jam and even Nutella. :)
    I haven't heard of Idli House. i've put it on my list for the next visit home. Thanks, Eli.

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    1. Thanks:-) Happy to see you here:-)

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  25. I am not a huge fan of idlis.. but I am a very big fan of dosas! yumm! I can eat dosas at any time of the day! :D

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