A tweet from a UK-based academic calling an Indian comfort food “boring” has sparked an amusing food war on Twitter. “Idli are the most boring things in the world,” historian Edward Anderson tweeted. The idli is a steamed rice cake that is usually eaten with a lentil-based vegetable stew called sambar. It is regarded as a gut friendly staple breakfast and comfort food, popular with south Indians, living in India and abroad. Food writer Vir Sanghvi calls it the best known South Indian dish in India and perhaps, the world. Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris – who has an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father – has fondly recalled that her mother was keen to instil in her a “love for good idli” during her holidays in the south Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras).