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Any suggestions where to find authentic *Idli patram*

JiyoHappy Dec 14, 2007 08:30 PM

I am looking for an idli cooker.
It should be made of brass, with a heavy bottom & lined with non-rust interior. The lid should be tight fitting, with a little "whistle-vent" for steam escape. The idli plates should be thick aluminum or brass lined with non-rust lining, with lots of holes. They should be able to steam 12-16 jumbo sized idlis at a time. They kinda have a handi like shape and have hammer marks all over.
These cookers used to be very common in homes but these days no one seems to have them. I have searched online as well as the local stores, but I can't find what I need. Maybe someone has seen it @ a store or someplace.
Can someone plz help this idli lover ?

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    HappyChow RE: JiyoHappy Dec 16, 2007 07:50 AM

    Hi there,

    I bought mine at a local Indian grocery shop. I would look in a phone book and call up all local Indian grocery stores and ask if they have one.

    Also, I have had good success buying items at various web sites...such as:

    http://www.indianfoodsco.com/

    Cheers!

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      JiyoHappy RE: HappyChow Dec 16, 2007 07:13 PM

      I have used both stainless steel and aluminum cookers, and frankly have no liking for the teeny shallow idlis they turn out. These are the ones sold in all grocery stores. I have prestige attachments, but they do not have enuf holes in them.

      The cooker I want is very a old faishoned one , but I am sure it is lying around someplace in USA.

      Thanx for the ref HappyChow, will keep hunting !

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      brittle peanut RE: JiyoHappy Dec 16, 2007 10:12 AM

      I have seen idli pans in virtually all Indian groceries I've been in, but since I don't eat or cook idlis, I don't really pay attention to them or know if they are the specific sort you want. That being said, I hear you on having trouble finding things -- I was on a mission to find a karai for a long time, and finally ended up bringing one back with me from a trip overseas. Now, some years later, one local grocery has started selling a few giant sized ones. (And the price difference in Indian stainless steel cookware is rather gigantic.)

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        JiyoHappy RE: brittle peanut Dec 16, 2007 07:16 PM

        A trip to Thekkady for me.. aah ..may be in near future.
        I am pretty sure I will find my cooker there.

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