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Another installment in the Abecedarium, an A–Z of foods from Afar.

I is for Idli.

Idli ... is a type of savoury rice cake, originating from South India, popular as a breakfast food in Southern India and in Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolised by the body.
Idli is often eaten in Thiruvananthapuram.

Idli for breakfast!

Sounds like a pretty fine way to start the day – wholesome and nutritious, tasty and yummy and thanks to the alchemy of fermentation and the voodoo of steaming, idli can be like eating fluffy little clouds of goodness.

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Traditional Idli, steamed in coconut shell. Image: Wikipedia

It is said that Idli is good for the constitution – a little Idli in the morning can reduce the effects of polarization and can increase our appetite for ambiguity. Why, with a little Idli, our whole day might feel like walking on a cloud. We'd be friendly and light-hearted all day long – and if we encountered another person who also had idli for breakfast, we might find ourselves getting along famously, maybe even find ourselves dancing with each other on a cloud.

Idli is from India

If the whole world started with Idli for breakfast, perhaps we would find ourselves collectively on cloud nine all day – everyone just getting along just fine. There are no silos up in the clouds that I've seen, it's all light and fluffy up there. Everything would be copasetic, there would be dancing and singing...

cloud nine

As always - thanks for reading, and indulging!

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