From our Vintage collection - This traditional Idli steamer or Patra as is popularly known is handcrafted in excellent quality brass and is said to have belonged to one of the Chettiyar royal family household from the south of India.
The steamer comprises of a large deep bowl for water with two inserts and a cover with a knob. The top insert with 4 circular idli moulds and 3 moulds in the bottom insert has a diameter of 7.5 cm and 7 cm respectively which are stacked on top of each other and then covered with the lid allowing 7 large idlis to steam at a time.
Idlis are steamed rice cakes and one of the most popular south Indian snacks commonly served for breakfast where the batter prepared a overnight and finished in the morning with an addition of aromatic herbs which is poured into the moulds and finally steamed over a stove to be consumed with freshly prepared sambhar and coconut chutney.
One can still find such steamers in most South Indian homes where the elder of the family would light a small charcoal stove early morning and steam not only idlis but delicacies like rice or sweet potatoes and whatever else for the day.
The steamer measures:
Height with cover 30 cm x Diameter 26 cm
The bottom idli plate has 3 circluar moulds of dia 7 cm each.
The top idli plate / insert has 4 circular moulds of dia 7.5 cm each.
Weight : 3.0 Kilograms
Note: Though the steamer is in a very good condition and completely usable, there may be some imperfections which are mainly due to the vintage nature and past usage of this heritage item.