Although it can be found throughout India, idli (a savory cake), is a typical dish of the country’s southern region. Made by steaming a fermented combination of rice and lentils, idli is most often served alongside sambar (a vegetable stew), chutney, and/or ghee (a style of clarified butter).
Idli is usually served in a relatively small size, but does come in a variety of forms depending on location and tradition. Some come soaked in sambar and others can be served with a masala (spice mixture) vegetable filling.
Instead of being steamed, idli can also come fried with cilantro and curry leaves.
Want to try your hand at making idli? Check out our recipe!
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