The world, every day observes some or the other festival and to mark our love for idli, today we celebrate ‘World Idli Day’.  There’s probably nothing healthier and more delicious in South Indian cuisine than idli. It has been India’s favorite since the rest of nation came to know that making idli is very easy. So easy in fact that all you need to make a basic batch of idli are urad dal, rice, flattened rice, and an idli steamer. It can be eaten with coconut chutney and tangy sambhar. Idli is one of the healthiest foods, especially for those who are on a diet, as it contains just 39 calories, which is a minimal amount in comparison to a healthy 2,000-calorie daily diet.

Idli was developed by the Western Chalukya king and scholar Someshwara III, reigning in the area now called Karnataka, included an idli recipe in his encyclopedia, Manasollasa (1130 CE). This Sanskrit-language work describes the food as iddarika. The food prepared using this recipe is now called uddina idli in Karnataka.

Many celebrity chefs, leaders and actors are wishing everyone “World Idli Day” on Twitter. Take a look.

 

Politician Shashi Tharoor:

Chef Ranveer Brar:


Indian television actress Nikita Dutta:

Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi:

Sports Broadcaster Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan:

Idli can be eaten with different types of chutneys or dips (raw mango/ kairi, tamarind, amla, pudina, garlic, peanut and classic coconut chutney). Try making some today and celebrate this day with your friends and family!