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In praise of Idli and Dosa

Pictures of idli

I am a male, by the way.

1) Make idli.

2) Cut into bite-size pieces (or french-fry-size pieces)

3) Deep fry them in any oil of your choosing.

4) Get addicted forever.

For #1, making the idli mix from scratch is ALWAYS the best way but is also the most difficult. If you don't have time to make the idli mix from scratch, you can get pre-packaged idli mixes from your local Indian grocery store but they won't taste as good.

Either way, you'll need special cookware for making idli.

Best advice you'll ever get: become good friends with a veg South Indian person. Butter him/her up with praise. Then wait in anticipation for an invitation to his/her house for traditional South Indian cooking.
 

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Why is there a swastika as your avatar? Excuse me if you're using it as a symbol for something other than naziism, but it was just startling when I opened this thread. Please explain.
Yes, you are correct. The swastika isn't just a symbol of Naziism. It's a symbol of several religions, especially Eastern religions. This symbol was used for thosands of years in Asia and other places before the Nazis adopted it. It's still used in the Eastern countries. The swastika has even been used as an alternate symbol for the cross in Christianity.

I'm sure that most people in Eastern countries know this, but probably many people in Western countries don't.

My neighbor is a devoted Buddhist and is using his house as a temple. People come and he conducts services every week. He has decorated his house with several symbols of Buddhism including a swastika. I considered saying to him that it might not be a good idea to use a swastika in America because people will misunderstand what it stands for. But I decided not to say anything. He's a smart man and I'm sure he knows what the various meanings of the swastika are. And who am I to tell him not to use symbols of his religion.

If some people don't like it and associate it with Naziism well they need to be educated about this and get over it. We have no more right to ask them to give up their religious symbols than we have to ask the Christians to give up the cross.
 

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And by the way, the swastika is also a symbol of vegetarianism in Eastern countries. If you go to an Asian store sometimes they mark vegetarian foods with a swastika so they are easy to identify.
 

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Thank you, Kyo, for your commentary, although I'm not sure how to interpret Rushabh's response. As a Jewish person I have a visceral reaction to seeing a swastika, although I am aware that it symbolizes other, perfectly noble sentiments in other cultures. That's why I asked about Rushabh's use of the symbol, rather than attacking the use of it. I would appreciate a less cryptic response to my question from Rushabh. Rushabh, how are you using the symbol?
 
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