Idiyappam/Nool Puttu/String hoppers with Vegetable Stew/Ishtu - Breakfast Combo from Kerala

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today we are visiting our neighboring state, Kerala. Lush green wrapped state, known for its scenic beauty and backwaters and not to forget the coconut trees!!!    I actually planned for Palappam and vegeable stew for our breakfast, but then forget to do the preps for he same. So, i switched to Idiyappam , a culinary staple, in Tamilnadu, Kerala, some parts of karnataka and also in our neighboring country Srilanka.
The best breakfast next to idly, especially when you are with a bad stomach or at a place where you feel the food might not be good to your system. Since it is rice and steamed it does no harm to one's gut. It is also a quick to make breakfast at home. There are many varieties, that can be made with this simple string hoppers, savory, sweet, lemon, coconut and the list is endless. I made a simple idiyappam and served it the famous Vegetable ishtu/vegetable stew

1.5 cups rice flour 

1.5 cups water 
Salt to taste


  • In a deep pan take rice flour and salt together and dry roast it well. The flour should be hot. 
  • Remove it from stove. In another pan boil water.  Water should start boiling, remove it from the stove.
  • Now carefully pour the hot water into the flour and mix it with a wooden spoon to incorporate well. The flour should turn wet.
  • Let it sit for 2 minutes  and bearable hot to touch and knead. Knead it to a soft dough. Keep the dough covered with a damp cloth, so it doesn't dry out.

  • Keep the steamer ready on the stove. Take the idly plate or idiyappam plate, grease it well with oil. Divide the dough into 4 or 5 equal portions
  • Put a portion of dough into the idiyappam press and squeeze swirls of dough on to each idly mould. Steam cook it for 6-8  minutes. Take it off the steamer and serve it hot with vegetable stew.

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  1. I always try to make indiappam. All the time the mixture a get very hard or very loose. Ending with unhappy movement. Please help ne😒

    1. Hi Kumari, sorry for the late reply. Didn't know how i missed your comment. I too have had my bad day's with idiyappam. The water quantity should be correct and also it has to be a little warm while you press it. Hope this helps you. let me know how it turns out next time.

  2. I thought the batter /dough needs to be fermented for idiyappam. But this is so easy and does not require any pre-prepping. Bookmarked

  3. its tempting !! please pass me that plate Priya.. I cant get myself to use that murrukku achchu at all :-)) lazy me !!

  4. Oh how i love these , but lazy to make ! I made for Sri Lanka , but nothing to beat these delicate ones, these string hoppers look melt in the mouth kinds . Beautifully made Priya .

  5. Idiyappam looks so beautiful and neat. bookmarked.

  6. Wow, wish i get some idiyappam with some ishtu, just love ishtu but never had them with idiyappams, now u r pulling me to make some.

  7. Love idiyappam and made a couple of versions. Beautifully plated.

  8. So beautifully cooked Priya..I love this dish!

  9. wow yum. You have got the idiappam perfectly

  10. My all time favorite.. Well made Priya.

  11. I can have this for my all three meals my favorite looks yummm....

  12. Wow you have got them to the right delicate strings. Mine were big fat .... Your look yum Priya.

  13. Love this plate full of idiyappam. It is really light on stomach and am craving for some right now..


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