Zishta Traditional Idli Pathram (Cooker/Steamer) - Polished

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Estimated delivery date between 09-Oct-2021 to 14-Oct-2021

About Zishta Zishta Traditional Idli Pathram (Cooker/Steamer) - Polished

  • Soft, fluffy, light Idlis is a dream breakfast for many South Indan homes where generally the softness is compared to the Jasmine flowers. 
  • Following the history of making the best and fluffy Idlis, we travelled to the interiors of Tamil Nadu in search of the most appropriate cookware for the same. 
  • Our research in search of traditional idli steamers took us to the traditional brass Idli makers of rural Tamil Nadu, a hidden gem which took us three long years to find. 
  • This amazing cluster re-created and infused life into these traditionally old brass Idli maker and have brought back the beauty. 
  • Brass is the metal with critical weight to size ratio that builds the right amount of steam pressure to make mouth water idlis in exactly 10 minutes. 
  • The holes in the idli plates also enable steam to pass through the batter effectively thereby cooking it all the way through at shortest possible time. 
  • Idli plates and inside of the vessel is tin coated which would need refurbishing every couple of years depending on usage. 
  • Available in three sizes of 7 Idli Pits, 9 Idli Pits, 12 Idli Pits (Check specifications in table below)
  • These are made to order products and would take 15-20 days to make and ship. 
  • Post Tin lining, the brass Idli steamer is re-polished to get back the shine. This Process could involve some chemical treatment as well. 

Product Specifications

3.5 Kg
VariationWeight (Kg)Idli Pit Size (Inches)Diameter (Inches)Pits Per Plate Height (Inches)
7 Idli Pits
2.8-3.1              3.5              10         4+3 10.5 (with Lid)
9 Idli Pits
3.5-3.8              3.5               11         5+4 12.5 (With Lid)
12 Idli Pits
4.2-4.6              3.5               13         7+5 14.5 (With Lid)
Traditional Value Score !  85%


All our products are handcrafted and this results in each product being unique and slightly different from each other and therefore will have minor variations on dimensions & weight.

  • Over centuries it has been observed that Idli was never made in any other traditional cookware other than those made of brass. 
  • The conical shape of the lid as well as the shape of the vessel accentuates the idli steaming process and cooks the idlis evenly. 
  • Brass as a metal has the appropriate weight to size ration for steaming and does not allow significant pressure to get build inside the cookware, thereby making the Idlis soft and fluffy. 
  • In olden days before the design of the complete brass vessel came into existence or as a hack, grand mothers would use very large cast iron kadai (Vanalis) as base and use the brass lid on top to steam idlis. 
  • The Brass Idli Cooker is handcrafted by a cluster based in Tamil Nadu who have been makig brass and Bronze cookware for over 8-10 generations. 
  • This cluster continues to make these traditional cookware following the age old technique of hand beating the plates as well as charcoal based heating to do the tin lining. 
  • The only modernisation of the craft is with respect to applying new age polish to bring back the shine on the outer surface. 
  • Brass Idli Cooker has immense value in a home looking at use of traditional cookware for making the best Idlis. 
  • Brass is easier to maintain and this vessel makes very light idlis that are easy to digest and not very heavy on your stomach. 
  • Cooks in 10 minutes - one of the best and fastest traditional cookware.
  • Wash well before use.
  • Wet Muslin cloth has to be placed over the Idli pits before pouring the batter. This will prevent batter from blocking the holes which allows the steam to raise through the batter. 
  • The Idli vessel has tin coating for the idli plates as will as in the inside of the vessel as brass is not ideal for coming in contact with food. The tin coating wares off with usage and needs refurbishing. 
  • Use mild detergents for cleaning and do not use wire scrubs.
  • use tamarind, lime or vinegar for cleaning the brass vessel once in a while to get back shine. 
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