Let’s just agree that there’s hardly anything that matches the comfort of idli dipped in sambar. No wonder this south Indian staple has so many fans across the country and even abroad. This reminds me how on a trip to New York back in 2012, I was surprised to see people lined up outside a south Indian restaurant. When we found a seat in the restaurant to sate our south Indian cravings, the manager told us how Americans love the soft and fluffy idlis with coconut chutney. Sambar may be a bit too spicy for them, but idli is their ultimate favourite. The obsession is understandable, once you fall in love with idlis, there is just no looking back.   

But did you know you can even spruce up a simple idli in other delicious ways? We got you three of them! 

1. Idli Manchurian 

One of the best ways to give your idlis a flavourfu spin. Idli manchurian is an Indo-Chinese snack wherein steamed idlis are pan-fried and tossed-in with a mix of garlic, ginger, green chilli, onion, capsicum, soy sauce, sriracha and black pepper. Slurping already? Try this at home. 

2. Idli Upma 

A perfect coming together of two south Indian delights, idli upma basically has crumbled idli cooked with mustard, green chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida, salt and coconut. So simple and delicious! 

3. Keema Stuffed Idlis 

This has to be one of the most amazing experiments with idli. Chicken keema with all the flavours of tantalising spices such as cumin, turmeric, ginger-garlic, garam masala and red chilli powder, cooked and steamed between idli batter in the steamer, maked for fluffy stuffed idlis you will not be able to resist!