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By Vaishvedhidha | Aug 31, 2019 06:14 PM

Getting anything at Rs.1 is highly impossible. While we do get candies, we cannot find any decent food for the basic amount.

Tamil Nadu\'s 80-year-old Granny sells Idly for Rs.1

In Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore, an 80-year-old woman in Vadivelampalayam sells 1 idli for Rs.1 with complimentary sambhar and chutney. The lady, K Kamalathal, started selling idlis 30 years ago.

“I started selling idlis 30 years ago in Vadivelampalayam. I belong to a farming family. Every day, my family members would work on the farm leaving me behind. I was alone, bored and wished to start making idlis for the locals. Now I have loyal patrons in daily wage laborers who stop by to have a healthy breakfast at a nominal price,” Kamalathal told TNIE.

“As I was raised in a joint family, cooking for a large number of people was not difficult for me. I wash and soak the ingredients the previous day in a vessel and grind them in the evening. It takes around four hours to grind six kilos of rice and urad dal for the idli batter. I let it ferment overnight and use it the next morning. I prepare fresh batter every day,” she said.

“The vessel can make 37 idlis in one round. I sell around 1,000 idlis every day. Ten years ago, one idli was priced 50 paise and I increased it to 1 rupee a few years back,” she explains.

“Most of the people residing near Vadivelampalayam come from a lower-middle-class background or are economically backward. They are all daily wage workers. In such a case, it is hard for them to pay Rs 15 or Rs 20 for a plate of idli every day for breakfast,” she said.

“In other hotels, they serve three or four idlis per plate and that’s not enough for their physical labor. So, I focus only on satisfying their hunger. Hence, I priced my idlis at 1 rupee. This will also help them save some money for their family. I get profits, but the margin is less,” she added. She earns upto Rs.200 per day. “Many approach me and ask me to hike the price. I tell them that I do this for the needy and hungry,” she said.