If there’s anything that has been a true ‘game changer’ of the way South Indian food is perceived and eaten in India, it’s the humble and versatile idli. Its wonderful taste has earned much love from every corner of the country.
We often eat this delicious South Indian rice cake with piping hot sambar and coconut chutney. How about giving these side dishes a twist and explore all the scrumptious options out there. Ditch the coconut for a while and dip your idlis in one of these unique chutneys.
1. Podi Chutney
Pair your fluffly idlis with South India’s spice hero – gunpowder and wake up your taste buds with the flavourful bursts of spices with a tinge of sourness.
2. Onion Tomato Kurma
This spicy tangy local hero will make you fall in love with it instantly. Dip some steaming idlis and you’re guaranteed a complete and satisfying meal.
3. Chettinad Kozhi Curry
Indulge in this celebration of spices and devour your idlis with one of the most aromatic and spiciest cuisines of India – Chettinad. But honestly, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
4. Coriander Chutney
The green coriander chutney is evergreen for your taste buds. It’s fresh, tart, sweet and spicy and compliments idlis like no other.
5. Curry Leaves Dip
Nothing quite hits the spot when you seek comfort food at midnight, like a creamy, smooth curry leaves dip served with idlis. And it’s also one of the healthiest out there.
6. Ginger Chutney
Let’s raise a toast to the humble ingredient that adds that delicious punch to our meal every single time – ginger. It is the protagonist of the chutney, but its flavour is not overpowering and is perfectly well balanced like always.
7. Carrot Peanut Dip
The bright orange, sweet and spicy dip is the perfect accompaniment to your idli. Serve them to your guests and come out as the star of the party.