I had expressed some thoughts on The Saga of Food Processor, as part of my 're-location' pains! the-saga-of-food-processor
Indeed, we have seen the transition from the traditional stone-grinders to 'Sumeet/Meenu' & other brands of 'mixies' ! But, as a kid, I remember trying my hand at the big idlli/dosa grinder.
Related innovation included, the shift to gas stove & pressure cooker.. And, of course, the lantern/kerosene lamps to electricity..
Something our children may not be able to visualise :)
But the taste of idli (& dosa) made traditionally had a different taste, definitely more delicious!!
- stone grinder to prepare batter ( a mechanical version is now available, 'Santha' & ' Butterfly' being two popular brands!)
- specific idli steamer, vis-a-vis the current pressure cookers - white cloth was used instead of a coat of oil now used!
- traditional chulha - that guaranteed slow cooking, compared to LPG stove. ( rice upma is another break-fast dish that will taste distinctly superior when cooked on traditional chulha).
Just going down the memory lane. It had its own charm, surely!!