27.1.10

Podi Idly - School Days Boxed Lunch!!!





Podi Idly:

What is so unappetizing in today's microwavable ready to eat meals? Why sometimes the package food, is so complicated to me? Who am I kidding? Am still living in the nostalgic past? I can't put anything in my mouth, that doesn't look close to food!! Simply I wouldn't entertain myself with fancy cup noodles that is designed to fit in the car cup holders!!!

I am just looking backwards, how Mommy used to pack me lunch! No tinned materials to leach away the chemicals, definitely its not microwavable plastic that cause cancer! The food is simply home-made, not greasy, neatly packed and never went bad.

Most of the time, my school bus friends used to devour my lunch in few minutes (that is, before I even reach the school campus in the morning). Sharing the food among friends, eating together and laughing together brought us close! Now miles apart, but still we do cherish each other!!!

Even though I didn't like idly so much with this podi', I used to take them more often for my friends. Yes, exactly they like it well-dipped in ghee and rolled in spicy idly milagai podi(and that's not my taste'). For a fifteen' sixteen' year old, friends come first, right! Well, indeed my mother packed my lunch as per my friends instructions.:)

42 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice post dear..childhood memories...

Tina said...

Looks cute and delicious...

Asha said...

My mom always packed yogurt and rice topped with lemon pickle for my school lunch! Molaghapodi idlis look yum. My kids don't like Idlis at all, never mind tasting with Podi!! :D

SE said...

these are great..thats nice of you to take it to your friends and indeed your mom packed it for some ur friends..

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Simply delicious!!!

Peanutts said...

ooooooooooh I love idlis, envy your freinds on the bus heheh

sowmya.s said...

we always carry the udlis this way when we are travelling..love them...

Padhu said...

I love podi idlys and still prepare it often with sesame seed oil for myself.
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

Padma said...

Bringing back old memories, when we used to carry this in our lunch boxes. The best thing being it won't get spilled :)

Nostalgia said...

Lovely! I remember having them like this when in school too.. thanks for reminding me of some good ol'days

nivedita said...

Till today I love to eat it with podi, and my daughter has my habit.
Only difference is before I used to make the podi at home, now a days I bring the MTR chutney ready powder.
Tempting pics.

Preeti Kashyap said...

I remember taking podi idlis during our train journeys. yummy!

Priya said...

Naan appadiye saapiduvene...yummmmm!!!drooling here..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

They look so perfect and love the color, but Malar surprisingly I have never had idly with podi or dosa with podi... My dad and grandma just dont like podi and hence my Mom never makes them so I never had a chance to have podi, definitely surprising right... But recently I learnt making podi fromy my MIL unfortunately K doesnt have it and I occasionally have its only for our friends Pras and Ven they liked it very much was thinking of posting it sometime soon ;) Love those mini idlis...

Sushma Mallya said...

looks yummy malar...

Nithu Bala said...

Malar Dear, your write-up took me to good old days...just couldn't take out the eyes from the pic..it looks so yum..

Swathi said...

Malar,

Same dish will be in my lunch box too. Looks really nice

Rachana Kothari said...

Idli's look so cute and delicious...A very nostalgic post dear...

Gulmohar said...

this is my hubby's fav..My mom in law used to pack this while we travel :-)

Deepa G Joshi said...

my husband used to take this in his school tiffin, he tell me that :P. Now after marrying a kannadiga I came across this podi..love it truly now :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Less mess to our lunch box.....

Sayantani said...

same things happened tome as well. thats an wonderful post with so many memories. love the pics as well.

Malar said...

wow..my fav idly wiht podi..

AdukalaVishesham said...

same pinch :) Idli... podi idli looks very delicious... and an perfect dish for lunch box..

Pavithra said...

Wow I am drooling ... as u said is a perfect lunch box menu...and even for tours... u know my stomach grumbles. But I am unable to do it right now because of my hurt finger.

Vrinda said...

Looks spicy and yummy ...

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Loved reading this post dear! as u said no substitute for home made food :).Podi looks so tasty!!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Oh my, Malar you brought back my school days memories da. I love the hot flavor of idly podi and bland flavor of idly!!!

suvaiyaana suvai said...

i love idli podi my fav

Dershana said...

oh yeah, these were my lunch box frequenters too! didn't like them much then, preferred the moru moru dosas :-)

Devi Meyyappan said...

Heeey Malar :)... thank you for the sweet comment!.. and very beautiful post on idli podi.. I remember taking it to school, sharing with friends.. which continued in college too :):).. hmmmm.. nice memories:)

Ana Powell said...

Wonderful and delicious post x

Sashi said...

Hi Malar, First time here. You have great recipe archives. Podi idoli definitely remains my schools days, golden moments.

Drop in @ http://sashirecipes.com sometime.

Anupama said...

My Mom used to make podi idli for our evening tiffins since she was a working woman and there was no one home by the time we got home. Among the three of us, we used to fight for the idlis with the most podi... he he he... now if I think back, I really miss those days, but hey, we have to grow up as well ;-)

Aparna said...

You made me rem my old days,sharing mums food with friends..nostalgic...idlis are very cute..

Gita said...

Nice post Malar...My mom too sometimes makes dishes upon my friends request...once she packed chicken 65 for my friends on my birthday...it always feels good to remember those days :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

nice post.These idlis smeared with milagai podis are my all ime fav.even sometimes i do this now by packing 4 idlis with podis and keep it in a box and have for lunch.

Nandini said...

I can remember my friends devouring the idlis too! Brought me memories and I want to make this in the morning!

Akal's Saappadu said...

that is soooo sweet of a mom ( lunch bag according to your friends instructions) :):)

this kinda lunch box was my favourite too!!

reminds me of so many treasured souvenirs right now, seeing this podi idli!!!!

in the hostel, we used to back up many extra idlis during breakfast serving and save it well immersed in the podi nallennai and eat it during some untime afternoon snacks all together...

those were the carefree happy days, hummm, miss them so much!!!

thanks a lot for posting this recipe!!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks a lot friends, honestly... never thought that many of us would share the same feeling about boxed lunches:):)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Podi and Idly with mom's touch makes me nostalgic dear. Reminds me of my good old days too:) Appreciate the way you stuffed the podi inside the idly. I am used to sesame oil only. But its my dad's fav to mix ghee with podi. Nice picture too.

Spice said...

Idli's r making me hungry....U'r surely bringing back some memories....only difference here is I use to trade my gajar ka halwa for these idli's with one of my collegue...Just a coincidence I made this podi couple of weeks back only for the first time...