Top 5 Delicious Idlis from South India

Now as we have introduced you to many South Indian delicacies like Dosa, sambhar, coconut chutney, it’s time we give you one more healthy food option which comes with innumerable health benefits.

Idli, one of most popular dish from South India is a steamed rice pan cake around 2-3 inches wide and fluffy texture. Mostly, idli is consumed as morning breakfast but many people like to have them in lunch or dinner.

According to a renowned author Dr. K T Achaya, Idli’s reference can be found among the manuscripts of 920 A.D. in Kannada. However, there is no mention of any recipe or use of two essential ingredients used in making “iddiage”, rice and urad dal. With his research on the origin of South Indian food, we can say that idli is not authentic South India dish but a foreign food brought by sailors who came from Indonesia during the time when spices and grains were traded between two countries by sea route.

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Today, one always looks for healthier food option and with time idlis are made in different ways by adding various ingredients but maintaining the simple taste of a classic Idli.
So, here is the list of the top five popular Idlis from India.

Rice Idli: Delicious and very soft, rice idli can be commonly found among every part of Southern India. People love to eat this light weight rice dish with coconut chutney and hot spicy bowl of sambhar.

Stuffed Idli: This is the Udupi version with small amount of stuffing which gives a crunchy flavor to idli. Stuffed idli is a good option if you want your kids to eat vegetables, pulses and nuts.

Masala Rava Idli: Spicy up your idli with colorful bell peppers, onion, curry leaves and mustard. To make this your idli healthier, make it from semolina. We assure you that each bite will taste better than previous one.

Oats Idli: A slight variation of ingredients can make any dish healthier and tastier. Oats can be really boring to eat but just grind them, add some vegetables and you got Oats idli, a great breakfast option for those who are trying to cut carbs.

Kanchipuram Idli: Light on spice and filled with goodness of semolina, rice, all kind of seasonal vegetables with dash of clarified butter, Kanchipuram Idli is a great way to cook plain idli in an innovative way.