Idiyappam 1

Idiyappam / String hoppers is a South Indian breakfast made out of rice flour. Normally, the rice is washed, dried and ground into a fine powder to make idiyappam. I prefer store bought rice flour. It saves time and is readily available. Below is an easy method to making idiyappams. You will need a murukku press with small holes to make idiyappam.

Idiyappam Press

Idiyappam can be served with vegetable kurma or chicken/mutton gravy.

Kids might enjoy idiyappam sprinkled with shredded coconut, sugar and milk(optional).


  • Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups + 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 2 tsps
  • Salt – to taste


  • Boil water in a nonstick sauce pan.
  • Add salt and oil to it.
  • Switch to low heat and add the rice flour to it.
  • Mix continuously to prevent the flour from burning.
  • When the flour and water is well combined, remove from heat. (will take less than a minute)
  • When the dough is warn enough to handle, knead well until you get a smooth dough.
  • You can also knead the dough in small batches.
  • Fill the murukku press with the dough and press out the dough onto idli plates.


Idiyappam 2

  • Steam cook the idiyappam.
  • Keep the idiyappam dough covered while you make idiyappams to prevent the dough from drying.
  • If the dough is hard to press, add very little water and mix well before making idiyappam.

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