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  • n. A Southeast Asian cake made from rice and lentils, whose ground mixture is fermented and steamed in a mold.


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From Tamil இட்லி, Kannada ಇಡ್ಲಿ.


  • A popular variation of the idli is the rava idli, also called the instant idli because it does not require fermentation, made with semolina/rava/cream of wheat.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • For steaming you can use a greased Dhokla stand and cut into diamonds after steaming Or in idli stand for small cakes.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • The recipe for the idli is from my mom and we make no claims to authenticity, but it is a tried and tested recipe that always turns out!

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • My favorte:). rava idli is one quick but really delightful snack! am gonna 'try that chutney next weekend! hugs, surili.

    Weekend Lunch Series: Rava Idlis and Peanut Chutney

  • This one is the high temple of dosa and everything else that can be fried (as well as idli, which is steamed), with accompanying chutneys that are a special touch.

    The Dish: Dosa

  • In the making of the cakes called idli, cooked black gram and rice are ground and mixed to make a thick batter, then allowed to ferment overnight.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • This special process, locally known as idli or dosai fermentation, involves the microorganisms Leuonostoc mesenteroides, which is used in other parts of the world for producing dextran gums from sucrose.

    Chapter 25

  • A bacterium has also been used to raise the content of vitamin B12 in Indian idli, which is made by fermenting a batter of ground soaked rice and black gram dahl with Leuconostoc mesenteroides (26).

    Chapter 9

  • The batter can be shaped into dumplings and steamed (called idli, sometimes spelled iddly), shaped into doughnuts (vada/vadai) or balls (bonda) and fried, made into thick pancakes (oothapam) or large thin pancakes (dosa/dosai).

    Dosas: A Tale of Two Cities

  • Nirmala puts it, "While these cereals can be made into unique dishes, the challenge lies in incorporating them into our traditional dishes such as idli, dosa and chapatti."

    The Hindu - Front Page


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  • n. (in South Asia) rice cakes cooked in steam and eaten for breakfast

    June 10, 2009

  • Foo, where's Ravages these days?

    December 2, 2008

  • a staple of south India.

    rice cakes/dumplings steamed and served with chutney and sambar.

    possible etymology : Tamil இட�?ட�? + ஆவி (ittu+aavi). இட�?ட�? = place in, ஆவி = steam.

    December 16, 2007