21 September, 2020

That’s Idlicious

The ancient Tamil poets sometimes compared the idli with the moon, and that’s what Murugan’s idlis remind you of

R.A. Chandroo
That’s Idlicious
outlookindia.com
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‘Man creates The Perfect Idli. Man starts humble footpath idli stall. Idli becomes a runaway success. Man acquires fame and fortune.’ It’s a classic tale that’s been retold over the years, from Vijayawada’s legendary Babai Hotel and Bangalore’s Brahmins Cafe to Chennai’s own once-famous Rayar Cafe. But Murugan’s story is special. It began with a lady named Nayagathammal, who started a footpath idli ‘kadai’ in Madurai in the 1960s, to help support her family. Her business flourished, so her husband also joined in. Today their son Manoharan has built that little ‘kadai’ into a successful chain with outlets in Madurai, Chennai, even Singapore.

The ancient Tamil poets sometimes compared the idli with the moon, and that’s what Murugan’s idlis remind you of—prepared in the Madurai style, using a special kind of rice. But the real differentiator is their home-made chutneys—coconut, mint, malli and tomato—made to Nayagathammal’s recipes,...

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