Idiyappam or string hoppers is a culinary speciality in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is also popular in certain areas of Sri Lanka.It is also called noolappam or noolputtu from the Tamil/Malayalam word for string, nool.It is generally served as the main course at breakfast together with a curry (potato, egg, fish or meat curry) and coconut chutney. I'll give you three versions of it,- sweet, savoury and healthy.
As you enjoy this traditional recipe from my mom's kitchen, do whisper a prayer for her. She has been ailing recently and is just back from the hospital yesterday.
For the dough-
2cups fine rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
3-4cups of boiling water
- Pour boiling water into the rice flour and stir with the straight end of a spoon.
- Collect the dough together. It does not require much handling.
Traditional Idiyappam maker
- Turn the screw and the strings will come out.
- Steam the iddiyappam.
- You can also steam them in idli moulds for smaller servings.
For the sweet topping-
For the savoury topping-peanuts
Heat oil, split the mustard seeds add rest of the ingredients and roast.
For a healthy version
Add 2tbs of finger millet (ragi) powder in the dough. You can have it with a sweet or spicy topping.