Idiyappam/ String Hoppers


Idiyappam also known as Nool Puttu or String Hoppers is a traditional South Indian dish made of rice flour, and is a very healthy breakfast as it is steamed cooked. I remember it used to be an all time favourite recipe at home. I used to love having them with sweetened coconut milk. Oh, how I miss those days when you just had to wish for your favourite meal and Amma would make it. I was fortunate enough to have been born in Kerala and so glad I got to savor the traditional recipes that this beautiful state had to offer.


  • 2 cups Rice Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Vegetable oil (to grease the moulds)


  1. Combine rice flour and salt in mixing bowl. Add boiling water gradually to it, and using a wooden spatula mix the dough. Keep adding water till the dough comes together.
  2. Now using your hands, knead the dough until it gets a smooth and soft consistency. Keep the dough covered with a kitchen towel so that it doesn’t dry out.
  3. Take the idiyappam press and lightly grease the press with oil. Take small portions of the dough and fill the idiyappam press and close it. Press the dough onto the idli moulds in a circular motion. Sprinkle each idiyappam with grated coconut (this is optional).
  4. Once the water starts boiling in the steamer, place the idli moulds in and steam for 7-9 mins on medium – high flame.
  5. Remove the idiyappams to a casserole dish and continue the process with the remaining dough.
  6. Serve hot with sweetened coconut milk, kadala curry or vegetable stew.

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