Idiappam or string hoppers is rice flour steam cooked . It can served plain or any other flavours can be added. Idiappam Kurma, Idaippam stew. Lemon Idiappam, Tamarind , Pepper, Coconut , Sweet , Vegetable are some flavours . Making Idiappam was considered a laborious task but my grandmother used to make five flavours for all of us with much ease . But when we prepare in small quantities it is not that much difficult . The traditional way is to soak rice , dry and then grind it into fine flour in the rice mill. But i prepare from the ready made flour and that too only one flavour at a time. My children like Idly Milagai Podi mixed Idiappam . And Idiappam is worth the effort we take , as the taste and the softness will wave away all the work put in this .
Idiappam Flour – 1 packet
Green chilli -3
Red Chilli -2
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Urad Dal -1 tsp
Channa Dal – 1tsp
Groundnuts – 2tsp
Turmeric Powder -1 tsp
- Boil 2 cups of water .
- Mix little salt with Idiappam Flour and keep this in a big basin .
- Add the hot water into this little by little. The rear side of a ladle will help in mixing . Slowly make it into a dough .Apply little oil in your hands and mix the dough finally so that the stickiness will go.
5.Put a small amount of this dough in Murukku Achu with the minute holes mould and swirl gently in rounds and make Idiappams.
6.When all the Plates are filled , steam it in a Idly pot for 5 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile squeeze lemon juice and add turmeric powder, salt to it . Temper mustard seeds, channa Dal, urad dal, ground nuts, Chilli, Hing and add this to the lemon Juice .When the Idiappams are cooked spread it in big plate .
7.Add the prepared seasoning to it . Even if you are in a hurry to make the next batch at least just mix roughly this as it will be easier when you mix later .Apply little oil in your hands and mix the Idiappam gently ,the unmixed white parts should be mixed well .