How healthy is Idli Sambar???
Idli is the top food on the list for "eating healthy especially while eating out"
Idlis are made from a combination of rice and urad dal which is fermented and then steamed.
Both these processes are very good as it invovles predigestion by bacteria, cooking with no oil at all
and hence easier to digest. The fermented process increases the bioavailability of nutrients like folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, biotin.
However most restaurants use baking soda to speed up getting the idli batter ready and while too much baking soda does destroy nutrients and affects the digestive system in the long run. Similarly the ready made idli batter also contains some amount of soda.
Another important things is the combination of cereal n pulse improves the quality of protein i.e gives the best quality protein comparable to that of an egg which is considered excellent.
So go ahead relish those wonderful idlis on a super Sunday morning whether at home or out.