When British food historian Edward Anderson tweeted, "Idlis are the most boring things in the world," he may not have imagined that he would be landing in hot soup. Many Indians, including Shashi Tharoor MP, gave the Briton a piece of their mind. The discussion about idlis soon turned into a fan fight about which state serves the tastiest sambar.
It was the question, 'What's that one dish you could never understand why people like so much,' posted by a popular food delivery app that prompted Anderson to tweet about idli.
As soon as Anderson called idli the most boring dish in the world, idli lovers from all over the world rallied up to defend their favourite breakfast dish. Some of them even suggested that the side dish may have ruined the taste of idli for Anderson. Meanwhile, some others think that the food historian may not have spurned idli had he eaten it with chicken or mutton curry.
Following the controversy, Uri, a popular restaurant run by Keralites, in Newcastle sent idlis to Anderson. In a tweet, Anderson said that he couldn't finish the idli while he really enjoyed the fish curry, dosa and payasam. He added that he likes dosa and appam and other South Indian dishes. He, however, said that he was attacked on the social media by idli lovers even when it was night time in India.