People who might not know, particularly foreigners in India, Idli is a food item. Round in appearance, it can moreover be identified as a Rice Cake. The most commonly appreciated dish in south Indian breakfast menu; the specialty about it is that it can be served for dinner also. It is usually served hot.
Looking back into the past of this amazing item of food, fondly eaten by millions of people in India on a daily basis, the origin of idli belongs to Tamil Nadu in South India. Tamil women have given a range of recipes to Indian food culture; and we think idli is number one of them all. From there it reached other Southern States of India like Andhra, Kerala, and Karnataka; wherever South Indian families resided in whole India and a lot of countries abroad.
When we discuss South Indian food in general, what are the items that instantly flash in the mind? The list will range from plain dosa, masala dosa, onion rawa masala, rawa plain dosa, rawa masala dosa, plain uttapams to vada sambhar, mixed uttapam, sambhar idli, etc. more South Indian food things price mentioning are murukku, uthappam, idiappam, rasam, thayir pachidi (fresh vegetables blended with dahi), thayir sadam (rice blended with dahi), poriyal (a dry vegetables dish), thayir vadai (dahi-soaked fritters), kootu/kari (vegetables ready wet), papadum (baked lentil-flour crisps), appalam (deep cooked lentil-flour crisps), and the list of more varieties goes on. and each dish is attended with some coconut headed Indian relish and spicy sambhar.
For ages, Rice and its bye-products are the central food all over South India, while Wheat and its bye-products have importance over North Indian food habits. Though, in certain North Indian States for example Assam and Bengal, rice gets the first preference. Therefore, when thinking of a perfect breakfast item, people think of idli, as it is prepared from rice.
It is a safe food item for everybody: be it a small kid or a person of old age. Though, there are loads of appetizing food items, for example Indian Chapattis; English Bread; French Fries; Italian Pizza and the list goes on, which are undeniably mouth-watering for the taste-buds, but you cannot say they are edible for everybody, let alone people with poor health. However idli is hundred percent safe not just for digestion; but it will not cause any side-effects like other junk foods, which doctors are warning these days to stay away from.
One more excellent feature about this food item is - it can be eaten with any side-dish like authentic coconut chutney or sambar (a South Indian recipe).
Idli is so all the rage as Indian item of cuisine that Indian Restaurants, wherever in the world will have it in their menu. Foreigners are crazy about the splendid flavor of idli sambar as well as other south Indian dishes.
Vaango, a chain of south Indian restaurants in India offers traditional delicacies from South India in a modern ambience, catering to all age groups who're eager to try something new, fun, however with an authentic flavor.