From our Vintage collection - This large idli steamer or Patra as is popularly known handcrafted in brass belonged to a one of the Chettiyar families from the south of India.
The steamer comprises of two mould-plates with 3 circular moulds of 8 cm each that are stacked on top of each other and has a lid keep the steam from the bottom of the steamer intact.
Idli are steamed rice cakes and one of the most popular south Indian snacks commonly served for breakfast. The batter prepared a night earlier and finished in the morning would be poured into the moulds and then steamed over a stove and consumed with freshly prepared sambhar and coconut tomato chutney.
One can still find this steamer in most south indian homes where the elder of the family would get a small charcoal stove going in the kitchen balcony, light the stove and steam not only idlis but delicacies like rice or sweet potatoes and whatever else required to be steamed for the day.
The steamer measures:
Height with cover 26 cm x Diameter 23 cm
Size of the 2 tray with 3 moulds each measure 20 cm and 22 cm respectively.
Weight : 2.85 Kilograms