Manjunath’s recent reference to ‘Origin of Idlis’ points to an article by Vikram Doctor on the ancestry of the now ubiquitous ‘Idli’, one of the healthiest dishes available. He quotes K.T. Achaya who infers that ‘idli’ is a recent introduction to
One thing is certain: Idli in the modern form has evolved over the years. Nobody could have invented it instantaneously. Even today idli is evolving. Mass idli producers in Mangalore are replacing urad dal with yeast producing soft spongy rice idlis that taste different from the urad+rice combination.
The existence of words ‘iddalige’ and ‘iddarika’ in Kannada/Sanskrit literature suggest that this dish already existed in south
However, more details if available on iddalige, iddarika and Indonesian kedli and other similar cousins of idli are welcome!