FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As per historians, the Dosa has its origins in Udupi, in Karnataka. This might probably be due to the dish's long association with Udupi restaurants. Dosas made in Tamil Nadu are thicker and softer. The crispier, thinner version of the modern Dosa was first made in present-day Karnataka.
Yes, Idli is the staple food of Tamil Nadu. Idli is readily available at every street corner in the state. It is made from rice and is usually served with either sambar or coconut chutney. Murugan Idly Shop is a very popular idli joint in Chennai. They serve their idlis with a wide variety of chutneys.
Dosa has been around since at least the 5th century AD in India. It is believed that this delicious rice crepe was found initially in the Temple streets of Udipi, Karnataka. The Chalukya King Somesvara III first wrote about Dosa in Tamil literature in 1054 AD.
Although both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka claim to have invented the Idli, legendary food historian K.T Achaya suggests that the Idli probably arrived in India around 800-1200 CE, from present-day Indonesia.
Idli has been written about in various ancient Indian texts. It has been mentioned in the 7th-century Kannada work 'Vaddaradhane'. This text describes the preparation of a rice-based preparation called 'Iddalige.' Idli was also mentioned in the 10th-century Tamil text 'Periya Puranam.' This narrates the life story of the 63 Nayanars, a group of Shaivite saints.