To celebrate the fluffy goodness of South India, March 30 every year is celebrated as World Idli Day! This day was first acknowledged in 2015 by Eniyavan, an Idli caterer from Chennai, who made around 1,328 Idli to celebrate this day and a cake of 44 kg Idli batter to observe it as World Idli Day.
This scrumptious south Indian dish is popular in the world and people enjoy Idli with Sambar, chutney and what not!
Here are some of our favourite varieties of idlis that you can make at home.
Healthy chickpeas idli
Idli is a regular breakfast item on the menu in most South Indian homes. Sambar and coconut chutney are the classic combinations with the soft and fluffy idli. However, this healthier and tastier version of idli made with chickpeas can be enjoyed even without any curries on the side. Check out the recipe here.
Gram flour idli
Tasty and soft idlis could be prepared instantly using gram flour. Unlike the regular idli batter, this one doesn’t need to be kept aside for hours to rise. You could make idlis within half an hour of preparing the batter. The idlis are so rich with flavours that you could enjoy it without any side dishes. Check out the recipe here.
Are you looking for an alternative to rice or wheat, because you want to bring down your blood sugar levels or your high cholesterol or cut down the carbs? Then, positive millets are your answer. Millet Idli made using Foxtail Millet (Thina in Malayalam), Lentil, Fenugreek seed etc. is not only a great alternative to rice Idli but tastes exactly like it. Check out the recipe here.
Try this super soft and delicious wheat idli in case you are bored of the regular rice version. Check out the recipe here.
Manchurian dishes have many takers who love the unique blend of the sweet, tangy and spicy sauce. Check out how to prepare this unique idli Manchurian which could make a yummy snack or a starter. Check out the recipe here.
Nutrition experts say that a protein-rich breakfast plays a vital role in the weightloss regimen. Oats are a rich source of protein that should be included in your daily diet. Here is an easy recipe for oats idli which is delicious and packed with nutrients. Check out the recipe here.
Nutrition and health experts vouch for the incredible nutritional qualities of ragi or finger millet which is easily available in supermarkets. Here is a simple recipe to make soft, delicious and nutritious idli for breakfast. Check the recipe here.