Sunday, March 23, 2008

Testing My Metal


Idli stand



This is the first time I'm participating in Click, and of the several tens of photographs I clicked for this event, this seemed the best. I cast it in sepia because it's one of the oldest breakfasts I know and the appliances in this photo - the idli stand and the pressure cooker - are hoary old fixtures in most South Indian homes.

My recipe for idlis is one of the easiest, and fail-proof: Buy the batter from the store, oil the idli stand, fill it with some batter and steam it for about 10-12 minutes in the pressure cooker. Let cool and unmould. :-D

33 comments:

  1. Nice pic Sra.. Love the anitquey effect... :)

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  2. Great picture, love the lighting! And great idli recipe :).

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  3. the sepia works well with the photo.and i like ur recipe for idli!:)

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  4. You are the uncrowned queen of puns Sra! Love the sepia tone of the picture.

    Mamatha

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  5. Nice pic Sra, like the colour! :)

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  6. Sra,that is a lovely click and an even lovelier recipe ;-)

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  7. we live in a remote corner of the universe where no one sells idli batter. some people are just spoilt rotten. :D

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  8. Gorgeous pic, Sra! Love the way you've added the effects to make it look antique. :)

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  9. Nice pic sra...BTW my idli policy is same as yours but it takes me more time in the pressure cooker also I remove the weight of the cooker while steaming. Is that the right way and why does it take a while for me ?

    sandeepa

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  10. Looks like my Idli stand.. :D Your idli recipe is sooo simple, Sra.. will follow it.. :D

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  11. wow..great click sra dear...well you get the best out of everybody I guess..reading thr the comments..and kudos for suggesting the best recipe..:)>...

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  12. Dhivya, thank you.
    Sig, thank you.
    Musical, I'm giggling - that someone can actually discern a factor like lighting in my pix, thanks, you make me feel professional.
    Mallugirl, ha ha, thanks.
    Mamatha, you know, puns are looked down upon, but I love 'em. Thanks.
    Namratha, thank you.
    Sunita, thanks ;)
    Bee, I suppose so, yes :)
    Kalai, thank you.
    Sandeepa, yeah, we don't use the weight. I don't know why it takes longer, though - could differ from pressure cooker to p cooker, I suppose. But considering I'm the kind who buys idli batter, you're probably knocking on the wrong door for troubleshooting :)
    Seena, way to go! :) :)

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  13. Nice idli recipe, Sra;) My idlis get cooked in exactly 5 minutes in the cooker, any reason why yours takes longer? Couldn't view the picture, will have to find out why...

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  14. The sepia gives it a nice touch Sra... an oft-used metal at my place too.

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  15. sepia is so romantic.. nice one! :)

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  16. nice pic.
    about the recipe...what can i say, it is a keeper

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  17. Great idea on using sepia! Good luck!

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  18. Valli, thanks :)
    Jyothsna, no clue - I'm the kind who buys the batter, remember, so no insights into its mysterious ways :)
    Rachel, yeah, darker than the sepia I imagine would be nice, but nice all the same.
    Laavanya, I rarely make idlis, maybe once in 10 days for the Spouse to microwave a couple for breakfast :)
    Nags, yes, it is!
    TC, thanks, ;)
    Todd & Diane, thanks.

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  19. Love sepia, always have. Sra, can idli be steamed in a very large covered soup cauldron? I'd love a pressure cooker, but my kitchen will turn me out into the street if I bring home another appliance.

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  20. Great idlis !! The antique look is doing wonders!!

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  21. u get idli batter in stores??????????

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  22. Sra, too much undi me idli stand, on my recent trip to India got a Microwave idli maker and boy it sucks.noting like old faithful idli stand

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  23. WOWWW thats a veryyy nice pic. I love it. Nice entry for CLICK :-)

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  24. Great pic sra!!! love the sepia

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  25. we all think of only kitchen utensils when it comes to clicking metal , isn't it the common thing between we all bloggers ??? After all we are foodies ;)

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  26. Lovely pic...looks very antiqui :)

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  27. Sra!! Sorry for my late arrival!!
    Picture adhiripoyindhi!! naku chala chala nachindhi!!

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  28. Susan, you sound like your kitchen is a strict mum who won't let her child bring any more strays home!
    Swati, thank you.
    Sia, yessssssss! Bet you're turning green!
    Sreelu, naa daggara kooda undi MW idli stand, came free with the MW, I've never used it - the intensity in your comment made me laugh.
    Sagari, thank you.
    Uma, thank you.
    Shriya, thank you.
    Dee, thank you.
    Pooja, hi! Weren't we supposed to click something related to food? Anyway, the deed's done. :)
    Homecooked, yeah, I would have preferred a lighter shade of sepia but it looked washed out so i went with this.
    Padmaja, suswagatam! Meerila ma blaagu ki dayacheyatam ento aanandakaramga undanukondi! Thanksu!

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  29. This is so good.... Nice pics..... Love it....

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