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Kamala Harris Like Idli with ‘really good Sambar’, ‘any kind of Tikka’ favourite Indian dishes:

Kamala Harris loves 'idli with a really good sambar'

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has listed idli with a “really good sambar” and “any kind of tikka” as her favourite Indian dishes.

Born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, Harris, is the first Indian-origin and first Black woman to be picked by a major American political party for the top post.

Harris, responding to a question on what her favourite Indian dishes are, said: “So South Indian, it would be idli with.. a really good sambar, and then North Indian – probably any kind of tikka”.

But while most of us know how to make traditional, or instant idlis at home, not all may know about the grainy variety that is available at restaurants. If you would like to make your idlis grainy, here’s the secret, courtesy Malaika Arora’s mother Joyce who keeps sharing interesting recipes on her Instagram.

“I had always wondered how the idlis you get in restaurants are so grainy. Then discovered that quite a few of them use rice rava instead of parboiled or idli rice,” she said. Take a look at her post below:

The 56-year-old California senator, after being chosen by Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate in August, reflected on her proud Indian heritage during her maiden address to the Indian-American community and recalled how her mother Shyamala Gopalan always wanted to instill in her a “love for good idli”.

In a video posted on Twitter on Sunday, Harris answered some questions asked by Instagram users.

On what she is doing to take care of her mental health on the campaign trail, she said that she works out every morning, speaks with her kids and loves to cook.

Asked what her plan is to ensure a sustainable and eco-friendly future for the coming generations, Harris said Biden and she are prepared to make both commitments with timelines to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“And getting there along the way by creating the jobs that are going to be necessary to get to a clean energy economy,” she said.

When asked what advice she has for women, Harris said: “You never have to ask anyone permission to lead. I have in my career been told many times, ‘It’s not your time’, ‘It’s not your turn’. Let me just tell you, I eat ‘no’ for breakfast. So, I would recommend the same. It’s a hearty breakfast.”

In response to a question on whether a vote will make a difference, she said “there are so many places where one or two votes make a difference in an entire election and your voice must be present in that decision because everything about that decision is going to impact your life.”

What’s idli rice rava?

Normally, parboiled rice and urad dal are used to make the idli batter. But you can make your idlis a little grainy with rice rava. Idli rava is coarsely ground boiled rice or the cream of rice. Using this in the batter makes the idlis coarse and grainy in texture.

Here’s the recipe!


1 cup – Urad dal
½ tsp – Methi seeds
2 tbsp – Thick poha
2 cups – Rice rava, washed and soaked

Picture Source The Indian Express

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