Reply To: Street food culture: Malaysia Edition

  • Manpreet Kaur

    August 23, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Idli and dosa are two of the most popular Indian breakfast options Idli is a South Indian snack. It is made by steaming a batter called “idli” in special style idli pan. Idli pancake is dumplings which are made from fermented rice batter. It can be dipped in sweetened coconut sauce or with sambar (South Indian rasam) to make the dish even more flavourful. This type of food is very popular among Indians who live in South India as well as people who migrated to Singapore and Malaysia may like it too if they do not know what it is because they are fond of sweet food or they cannot read South Indian script. It’s normally served with sambar, coconut chutney, and vegetable pappadum to make one of the most popular Indian breakfast dishes

    Dosa is a popular street food among the Indians. This dish originated in Hyderabad and it is sold on the streets during most part of the day. It consists of rice flour, black gram, urad dal, salt and water. The batter is mixed with oil to make it softer and more spreadable. Sometimes, it is topped with chutney or peanut chutney before being cooked on a tawa or griddle pan over high heat until crisp on both sides. Dosa can be made from a variety of flours such as rice or wheat flour which is all cooked on a griddle until crisp before being served with sambar. This savory dish has been one of the most well-loved street food items in India since the early 20th century.

    One of my favorite is Masala Dosa which is especially popular in people from Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. It consists of a crispy crepe made from rice batter and black gram lentil. Masala Dosa is served with hot sambhar, chutney and coconut chutney for dipping or spreading. The variation in fillings inside the dosa has given rise to many different types of dosa such as masala dosa (with potato filling), Mysore masala dosa (with onion filling) and rava masala dosa. The dish can be eaten at any time of the day breakfast, dinner or as a snack.

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