Have you tried this viral coconut shell idli yet?

Have you tried this viral coconut shell idli yet?
Coconut shell idli. Photo: Onmanorama

Idli stands as one of the most globally cherished breakfast dishes, renowned for its soft and fluffy texture. The preparation of idli varies, with some opting for a steamer, some choosing to cook them using cones made of plantain leaves. Alternatively, idli can be cooked in glass tumblers or steel plates. Recently, a captivating video showcasing a distinctive idli-cooking method has gone viral on social media.

In this innovative approach, the batter is poured into empty coconut shells, transforming them into makeshift moulds for steaming. Shared on the 'Cinnamon Dust' Instagram page, the video has amassed thousands of views. To execute this method, start by thoroughly washing and soaking the coconut shells overnight to ensure moisture retention during the idli-cooking process.

In order to make the idlis, wipe the shells and apply a light coating of oil. Now, boil water in an idli steamer. Pour idli batter into the greased coconut shells; however, make sure not to fill the shells completely. Place the shells in the steamer and cook for ten to fifteen minutes on medium flame.

Once done, serve the idli by pouring hot sambar and chutney on top. You can easily scoop out portions using a spoon for a delightful culinary experience.

Those curious about the unique flavour of coconut shell-cooked idli were not disappointed. A viewer noted that while the taste differs slightly, it remains enjoyable. Additionally, the viewer mentioned the practicality of preparing two or three sets of idli using the same coconut shells. Meanwhile, some viewers seemed delighted that there was no need to wash the vessels if idli was cooked like this.  

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