The Idli is a traditional breakfast in south Indian households. These are actually cakes (2 – 3 inches in diameter) made by steaming a batter of rice and fermented lentils in a pressure cooker or steamer. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body. Most often eaten at breakfast or as a snack, idlis are usually served in pairs with coconut chutney, sambar (roughly, a kind of soup), or other accompaniments. No longer just a South Indian favorite, Idlis are loved and can be found just about anywhere in India and neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka.
In the picture, the lady is preparing Idlis at a small joint adjacent to the Panchadharla temple complex at Dharapalem village in Andhra Pradesh, India. The brick on the top of the lid will prevent it from flying off while steaming and will be removed precisely when the idlis are done. (No, there are no gaskets or safety plugs).
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pajaran (55539) 2014-04-25 1:50
Interesantan tekst o mestu i dorucku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana zena koja sprema dorucak, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the place and breakfasts ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown that women make breakfast, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Nicou (131328) 2014-04-25 1:54
quelle scène pa s de cuisine là tout au feu de bois ces flamme et les différentes parties qui chauffent et cet dame au regard puissant quelle vue et captage saisissant.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (145092) 2014-04-25 4:49
When I look to this type pictures than feel I me back in my childhood.
When my mother after the WAR must cook with wood for eat, what a differs to today in our country
But your picture is wonderful, pleasant to look at.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (68572) 2014-04-25 5:09
On est très près de la simplicité volontaire . Il doit faire très chaud près de ce poêle surtout en été, mais le service d'argent est très beau et propre. J'aime bien le sourire de la dame.
Fis2 (90753) 2014-04-25 6:27
I like this scene from daily life.
Good POV, colors and light.
Have a nice evening.
holmertz (45917) 2014-04-25 8:15
This is a very nice photo and also a very interesting note. I like idlis very much but I never had an idea how they are made. Reading about the coconut chutney and the sambar I can truly feel my mouth watering. This is a fine setting for the photo and you managed a combination of portrait and social/gastronomical study. I imagine the light wasn't so easy but you have handled it very well.
Noel_Byrne (27740) 2014-04-25 12:01
The woman's smile is as beautiful as the sound of the food she is creating, this food is not one I know, but is sure one I would like to try :) the whole scene is really nicely composed taking in the whole area of cooking, perfect compliment to your note, while the woman still makes a nice focal point too.
Thanks as always.
Silvio1953 (131592) 2014-04-25 13:13
Ciao Satya, nice scene with lovely woman, intense expression, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-25 21:49
a fascinating photo with very nice composition and beautiful details, superb colours and the timing is excellent,
ourania (37288) 2014-04-26 2:38
although the dry leaf intruding in the foreground is a little disturbing, the lady preparing the ldli is very interesting, she makes a strong connection with the viewer and her steady and friendly gaze is captivating. I like very much how you placed her at the side of the frame, the context and details you included are eloquent and interesting too. Your lighting was very effective, the colours natural and pleasant. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
Cricri (111977) 2014-04-26 9:01
La notre est très intéressante qui explique bien la présentation de cette image de scène de vie,, une installation simple, et un beau sourire de la dame vêtue de jolies couleurs
lousat (83438) 2014-04-26 15:36
Hi Satya,it's a breakfast time in this home and your pic is very very nice and interesting,nice as the woman smile,excellent capture with very good quality despite the difficult light and location,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
fritzi007 (9119) 2014-04-26 15:39
a photo of a simple life in India, very good photo quality, congratulations!
rychem (28877) 2014-04-26 20:49
Very nice scene, well caught smile of the woman, and the most impresive thing is the oven, very well seen and captured
mesutilgim (89700) 2014-04-27 10:11
Nice TE entry ! Again we learned something through photography we didn't know before.
She seemingly is happy to be photographed.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
williewhistler (15681) 2014-04-27 13:17
your photograph is full of charm and interest with the ladies direct gaze a definite attraction.
With the raging fire and precariously balanced pot of boiling water there appears to be a great many dangers that could possibly befall your colourful subject.
A fine daily life photograph.
Warm regards Les.
imageme (1790) 2014-04-29 4:41
Hi Satya, I like the mood of this scene and it gives a nice warm atmosphere. Eye catching flame and all the utensils around give a home sweet home feelings even the structure of the home is poor and simple constructed. Wonderful composition and light along with great clarity. Thank for sharing
COSTANTINO (60541) 2014-05-01 10:33
Hello my dear friend
I like all your shots because they are
traditional and according to your
useful notes the Idli is a traditional
breakfast in south Indian Households
simple scenery from daily life
the woman s smile is nice
thanks a lot for tradition
many wishes for 1st of May
the beginning of the spring
Royaldevon (33785) 2014-05-01 11:18
This is a difficult shot with differences in light levels.
It contains a wealth of information about the way of life, the dress and the environment of this lady.
I like how you have placed her, as the main focus, strongly in the f/g, where she creates a natural lead to the roaring oven. The details of soot give us an idea about the heat and the brick warns us of the danger.
A great daily life shot.
My warm regards,
fabbs99 (16819) 2014-05-07 21:48
Nice shot of the lady cooking in the traditional kitchen.Nice colors and very good presentation.TFS.
wolf38 (31284) 2014-06-06 22:12
Hi Satya. India is so exotic - and a mecca for photographers. Specifically, the market scenes are worth seeing again and again. Your photo is almost perfect. 'The composition is excellent. Really a great shot.