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Do you have a fetish for idlis?

Sonal Fernandes | March 03, 2006

We continue our reader-driven series on great restaurants and eating places across the country. 

If you love idli, Sonal Fernandes tells you where to head for exotic variations like the tangy cucumber idli and more.

A visit to the Idli House in Mumbai is a must, both for foodies with an idli fetish and those on a diet. 
image Located in the hustle and bustle of King's Circle, you might just miss this tiny yet welcoming spot, which opened  last Dusshera and is always teeming with people.

It serves an amazing variety of idlis, from the plain steamed variety to khottu, mudho and more.

A khotu (amusing as it may sound) is an idli tucked into a triangular cup made of jackfruit leaves. As a steaming plate of khottu arrives, the sweet aroma of jackfruit fills the air and you know the delicious, hot idli is waiting inside its special cup.

One plate consists of a single khottu. The waiter generously drops dollops of homemade butter on it, making each bite just just melt in your mouth. Try it with some mullagamutti (dried spicy chutney), coconut chutney and sambar. What a feeling! Weight-watchers, do avoid the butter.
A mudho is another variation of idli; it comes wrapped in a banana leaf. Like its cousin the khottu, it is a mouthwatering delight.
All variations of the simple rice batter preparation -- the now famous idli -- like the rava idli to the sweet, tangy cucumber idli to the spicy masala idli -- are available at Idli House.
The service is amazing and accomplices like the generous helpings of coconut chutney, mullagamutti masala and sambhar make it really worth a visit.

The ambience is pretty simple. The place has limited seating arrangement -- there are only three granite tables and chairs -- but the service is excellent and the owners personally greet all guests who drop in for a bite. 

The pricing is very moderate, each variation of the idli costs anywhere between Rs 8 to 16 per plate.

So, if you love idli, this is THE place for you.

Idli House
Next to Vasant Breezy Chamber
Mumbai -- 400 019
Sonal Fernandes lives in Mumbai.

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Sub: Let the reviewers at least know what they are writing

Mullagamutti...for god sake if you are venturing into cusine alien to you make a effort to understand what is it that you are eating. The ...

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The article is as mouthwatering as the idlis are, but unfortunately we can't order them from the net Subbarao

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