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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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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 1 N: 476] (3257)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-20
  • Categories: Daily Life, Food
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/10 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-04-25 1:27
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