What is an idli cloth
An idli making cloth, also known as idli cloth or idli steaming cloth, is a type of cloth used in the preparation of idlis. Idlis are small, steamed cakes made from a batter of fermented rice and urad dal (split black lentils).
In general, idli cloth is a thin, white cloth made from cotton or muslin, and it typically has a slightly rough texture. It is often sold in pre-cut squares or rolls, and it can be easily cut to fit the size of your idli plates.
How to make Idli using Idli cloth
To make idlis, the batter is poured into small, round moulds called idli plates and steamed until they are cooked. An idli making cloth is used to line the idli plates before pouring the batter. The cloth is typically made from cotton or muslin and is used to prevent the idlis from sticking to the plates during steaming.
The cloth is first washed and then rinsed thoroughly before use. A small piece of the cloth is cut to size and placed in each of the idli moulds. The batter is then poured over the cloth-lined moulds and steamed until the idlis are cooked.
Wash and reuse
After use, the idli cloth is washed and dried thoroughly and can be reused for several batches of idlis. Idli cloths are an important part of the idli-making process and are widely used in South Indian households and restaurants.
Using an idli cloth is a traditional and widely-used method for making idlis in South India, and it has been used for generations. However, it is not necessarily better or worse than other methods, as different methods can produce idlis with different textures and flavors.
For example, some people use idli plates made of metal, which do not require the use of an idli cloth. Others use silicone or plastic moulds, which are also becoming increasingly popular. In addition, some people use banana leaves or even steaming baskets lined with muslin or cheesecloth.
Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Using an idli cloth can produce idlis that are soft and fluffy, with a slightly chewy texture.
Where to buy an Idli cloth
Idli cloth is available locally in shops or it can be purchased from our website