487. Is Idli healthy?

In South India, Idly was the common breakfast in most of the families in yester years. Few years back, when the   young generation people started following the western culture, idly lost its value. Only the old people at home still followed the habit of  eating idly and the younger generation got many other options.

Let us see first how idly is made. The idly rice and the urud dhal of about 1/4th quantity   are soaked in water for 8 hours separately. The rice is ground to a coarse mixture and the urud dal is ground nicely to a soft ball like structure without adding much water.  We have to mix both the batters now by adding one spoon   of salt  and  allow the batter to ferment for 8 to 10 hours.  The idly batter is ready.  The idly plates are greased with little oil and  idli batter is poured & cooked in steam. The idly is ready now.

Idly is light as it contains no fats, saturated fats or cholesterols. The steamed, puffy and delectable, idly doused wiih the soothing sambhar is most favourable breakfast for many people. It goes well with coconut chutney or tomato chutney.  For aged people, it easily gets digested without any problem.  Generally, idli is steamed and the calorie intake is also relatively low. Idli is rich in fibre and protein content that keeps us full for longer and prevents overeating. This ultimately helps in weight control. The use of lentils in idli makes it a dish rich in iron. According to experts, consuming idli on a daily basis can help fulfil the daily iron requirement of 8 milligrams for men and 18 milligrams for women.

Nowadays, a welcoming change has started to happen. Many South Indians realise the importance of their traditional food and idly once again finds a place in the dining table of many youngsters.  Many varieties of idli attracts children also.

So, once again, I wish to say that nothing is equal to our idli and we should take it happily.



467. Kasi Samaradhana

We visited Rameshwaram first and brought the sand. We took it to Kasi and immersed in Ganga river. We visited Rameswaram once again to give the Ganga Jal brought from Kasi, for doing abhishekam to Ramanathaswamy. Finally, we did Kasi Samaradhana.

We did puja in Raghavendraswamy Mutt and gave Kasi Ganga Jal pot, Annapoorani Vigraha, Prasadham, Kasi Kayiru and  Vishnu Padam to all our relatives. We did Thambathi puja to an aged couple and gave them Dhothi-Sari. We gave Muradhubayana to 5 Sumangalis, by keeping all he mangala items in Muram.  We did Go-dhana by keeping Cow-Calf in brass on a brass plate. We also did Phala-dhana  by keeping 5 types of fruits, each 4 in number, in a big brass thambalam and gave it with all mangala items. Finally, we did Dheepa-Dhana  to 10 male members.

The Kasi Samaradhana Puja was over by doing all the Dhanas. We fed all our relatives and 10 brahmins. The kasi Yathra is complete with this puja. We returned home with full contentment.