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There’s now a palak paneer idli that has sparked a debate on social media

While most users on Instagram praised the recipe, Twitter users were mostly critical. The recipe was shared by a popular Bengaluru-based food blogger Meena, who runs the blog The Red Plate Chronicles.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 30, 2020 11:09:28 am
Photos showed the green idlis were topped with pomegranate and fried cashew served with roasted chana chutney. (Source: @theredplatechronicles/ Instagram)

Unusual recipes often create a storm on social media and the latest to do so is a ‘paneer palak idli’.  The green idli with a stuffing of paneer has been criticised on social media despite people never having tried it.

The recipe that combines a popular dish from north and south India sparked very contrasting opinions with some impressed and others saying such experiments “must stop”.

The recipe was shared by a popular Bengaluru-based food blogger Meena, who runs the blog The Red Plate Chronicles. Meena is known to create alternate versions of classic dishes and on Tuesday she shared a recipe for this version of idli on the handle.

“Palak-Paneer is a classic combination from North Indian cuisine. Like many of my ‘North meets South’ kind of dishes, PANEER-STUFFED PALAK IDLIS are an attempt at recreating this delicious combination in a new avatar,” she wrote.

She said she had mixed regular idli batter with spinach puree and spices, and had a stuffing of paneer.

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PANEER-STUFFED PALAK IDLI . Palak-Paneer is a classic combination from North Indian cuisine. Like many of my 'North meets South' kind of dishes, PANEER-STUFFED PALAK IDLIS are an attempt at recreating this delicious combination in a new avatar. . Chatpata paneer stuffing is enveloped in idli batter combined with palak puree spiced with cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt. . Had made this a few days ago when I had harvested a fresh batch of homegrown spinach. SWIPE⬅️ to see the inside story. . Served with a quick & easy chutney made with roasted chana chutney powder (it's a staple in my home), sauteed onions and a tempering of mustard, cumin, hing and curry leaves. . Remember the bajra kheer?! Yeah, served that too for satiating our sweet cravings! . This entire meal is completely gluten-free. Sending this for my initiative #glutenfreewithmeena exploring the various possibilities of gluten-free cooking. This contest is in collaboration with my sponsors @indian__natives , @justafarmer.in & featuring partner @yesindia. . Have you participated in the contest yet? CONTEST ENDS 31ST JULY 2020! So far, the contest has received so many creative entries… Rush in yours soon! Love M❤️ . FOLLOW @theredplatechronicles TURN NOTIFICATIONS ON #trpc 🚫NO REPOST🚫 . #vegetarian #indianrecipes #southindianfood #indianfood #indiancuisine #karnatakafood #indianfoodbloggers #desifood #gharkakhana #goodfoodindia #indianfood #snack #indianfoodstories #cookpad #madefromscratch #indianfoodbloggers #thegrambox #vegetarianfood #idli #traditionalcooking #indianrecipes #indianfood #theuncommonbox #breakfast #glutenfree #idli #glutenfreeindianfood #southindianbreakfast

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While most users on Instagram praised the recipe, Twitter users were mostly critical. Some said it seemed like a good way to feed fussy eaters who don’t like greens, especially children. Many who criticised the dish said that some dishes were sacred and should not be tampered with.

The blogger, who specialises in gluten-free recipes, wrote that the dish was an entry to an ongoing food competition for gluten-free dishes.

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