If you love noodles then you are definitely going to love Idiyappam. Idiyappam is a South Indian dish which is also known as ‘Nool puttu’ or ‘string hoppers’. The ring-like dish is an Indian version of noodles. Idiyappam along with dishes like dosai, vada, puttu and idli is also a healthy and filling breakfast option.
The dish is made using rice flour (or akki hittu) which is pressed into noodles, woven into ring-like shape and then steamed. Although the dish is originated in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala but it also spreads to Southeast Asia. In Malaysia and Singapore, it is known as putu mayam and in Indonesia it is called putu mayang.
Side Dishes with Idiyappam
Idiyappam is a perfect dish to pair with delicious vegetable kormas or curries. It is also served with semi-sweetened coconut milk or any other dish of your choice. Some of the curry ideas to pair with Idiyappam are-
- Vegetarian side dishes- Vegetable stew or aviyal and Kadala curry
- Non vegetarian side dishes- Chicken stew, fish curry, egg roast and scrambled egg curry
Idiyappam can also be prepared using wheat flour and will have a brownish hue. The dish is perfect as a breakfast recipe and can be served for dinner as well. Although it is not usually served as lunch. The dish uses minimal ingredients and is pretty easy to make. The best part is that it is healthy for you. Therefore, it can also be fed to children above 8 months. So, try this easy to make and delicious recipe which will be perfect to mop up curries.
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Also, do not forget to read the tips at the end of the recipe.
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 and ½ cup water (adjustable)
- 1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon Oil + oil for greasing
- ¼ cup grated coconut (optional)
- Before preparing the dough, take an idli pan and grease it with oil. Keep it aside.
- Now, heat a wok or a pan. Keep it on low flame and dry roast 1 cup of rice flour.
- In the same kadai add 1 and ¼ cup water. Add salt and oil as well.
- Boil the water and once it is boiled add the roasted rice flour.
- Mix the flour until it forms a dough. Then cover the dough and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Once the dough cools down a bit, use your hands to knead the dough. Adjust the quantity of water if required.
- Now take a noodle maker or idiyappam press and grease it with oil. Also grease your hands.
- Take a portion of dough and smoothen it out. Cover the rest of the dough with cloth or it will dry out.
- Fill it in the noodle press and gently press the idiyappam onto the greased idli stand. The shape should be like concentric round circles.
- sprinkle some coconuts if you want then place the idli maker in a pan. Steam the idiyappams for 10 minutes on medium flame.
- Once the idiyappams are done, let them cool down a bit. Remove the idiyappams using a spatula onto a plate.
- Finally serve the idiyappams or nool puttu with vegetable kurma or sweetened coconut milk.
- If you have banana leaves then cut them in square shapes and grease them using oil. Then keep the banana leaves on idli pan.
- Roast the flour for only 2 minutes and make sure not to brown it. Roasting is important as it makes the idiyappam soft.
- Prepare the dough on low flame or else the idiyappams will not be soft.
- If using pressure cooker for steaming, remove the whistle and then cover it with the lid.
- Make sure that the dough is neither to watery nor too dry or the noodles will not come out perfectly.
- Keep the dough covered with wet cloth or it will dry out.
The dish is a famous snack in south India and can easily be found at street side stalls as well as restaurants. The dish is perfect for breakfast and also for mopping up curries. So, if you ever visit south India then do try this amazing dish. Or even better, make it at home!