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Nutritional information



  • Veg
  • 20 mins
  • Serves 3
  • Easy



Idiyappams are soft and smooth strings of rice flour. They taste delicious when served with contrasting tangy curry, korma, stew or any other side dish of your choice. Idiyappams also go by the name nool puttu.

The main ingredients that are required to make this simple dish are rice flour and dough.

Have this appetizing dish as a breakfast or lunch and enjoy its yummy flavors.

Health Benefits :

Idiyappam is a very healthy dish which consists of carbohydrates and fats. Since it mainly consists of wheat flour it can nourish you with rich fibers and minerals.

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How to make Idiyappam

  1. Before making the dough, grease oil on an idli pan.
  2. Cut banana leaves into two squares. Grease the leaves with a little bit of oil. And place them on the idli pan.
  3. Heat a kadai on low flame. Add one cup of rice flour and stir for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Continue stirring until steam comes from the rice flour. Switch off the flame.
  5. Transfer the rice flour in a mixing bowl.
  6. In the same kadai, add water and salt.
  7. Allow the water to come to a boil. When tiny bubbles appear in the water switch off the flame.
  8. Add hot water in rice flour. Mix well with a spoon.
  9. When the heat is tolerable, knead the mixture into soft dough. If the dough is dry then add some more water. If the dough is too sticky then add a few tablespoons rice flour.
  10. Now heat 2 cups of water on low flame and let it come to a boil.
  11. In the meanwhile, spread some water or oil on the disc that is used to make idiyappam.
  12. Divide the dough into 2 to 3 portions. And place it in the idiyappam maker one by one.
  13. Press the idiyappam maker to give the dough a round shape.
  14. Now sprinkle some coconut on each idiyappam.
  15. Add the idiyappam in the boiling water. Turn the flame to medium heat. Cover it with a lid. Cook idiyappams for 9 to 10 minutes.
  16. Take them out using a spatula and place them on banana leaves.
  17. Serve idiyappams with vegetable korma, potato korma, vegetable stew, potato stew or sweetened coconut milk.


  • There is an English dish, string hoppers, which is very similar to the South Indian idiyappams
  • The name “idiyappam” is derived from the Tamil word “idi” meaning broken down and “appam” meaning pancakes.
  • An imminent food scientist and food historian K.T Achaya stated that idiyappam is known to exist in India since 1st century A.D.
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