This, also, is the humble ‘idli’

IMG_0918 IMG_0914This is the humble idli, believe it or not! The popular South Indian rice cake snack, so well-known all over the world and eaten in combination with the all-time favourite sambhar, has turned up in an all-new avtaar – the idli manchurian!
Now whether the Chinese are twirling their thumbs or not, at their dish being hijacked, I wouldn’t know but this tasted absolutely divine.
I love manchurian in any form but never EVER imagined it would turn up like this. But, thanks to my daughter Asveen, she did exactly that and came up with this masterpiece.
I did a quick Google search and, yes, saw it mentioned but am convinced this preparation was one of a kind.
I also recall joking with a neighbour years ago that one day I would make grilled idli, but have never got around to that so far.
But, after having this one, I am sure I will give the grilled version a shot – and create something unusual, perhaps an idli kebeb!!

India’s Dharavi set to become a Kowloon

The mess that is Dharavi today
Children play on Kowloon rooftops
The concrete lump that was Kowloon
This is the centre of Dharavi

A couple of days ago, I read a book on Hong Kong’s famed Kowloon Walled City, which was pulled down to make way for a park in the late 1980’s. This after it became well-known as a hotbed for everything illegal, unlawful and undesirable. It was a haven for crime and criminals and both the then Hong Kong British administration as well as the Chinese had washed their hands off the ‘territory’ where around 50,000 people crammed into a cluster of ‘box’ apartments.
I cannot but help compare Kowloon with the now ‘world famous’ Dharavi slum in India’s commercial capital, Mumbai – the only difference being that while Kowloon was a clump of apartments, Dharavi spreads across the heart of Mumbai over several square kilometers.
As an Indian, I feel sad this great nation, which on the one hand is only one of four to have conquered Mars, on the other, it is has been unable to tackle this monstrosity. Is it that the powers that be are awaiting Dharavi to go vertical and, perhaps, collapse under its own weight? True, there are political considerations but even those have to be given a go by. That, however, is unlikely to happen anytime soon! God, therefore, help us!