From our Vintage collection - This traditional Idli steamer or Patra as 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 2 inserts with 4 circular idli moulds each have a diameter of 9.5 cm and 8.5 cm respectively which are stacked on top of each other and then covered with the lid allowing 8 idlis to steam at a time.
Idlis are steamed rice cakes commonly served for breakfast where the batter is prepared overnight 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.
The steamer measures:
Height with cover 29 cm x Diameter 27.5cm
The idli plates have 2 circluar moulds having 4 moulds each of dia 9.5cm & 8.5 cm respectively.
Weight : 3.150 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.