Iddiyappam or “Noolappam / Sevai / String Hoppers”  made by steaming process is a common breakfast food item in Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Sri Lankan Tamil people. Idiyappam can be served with vegetable curries, Korma, pepper chicken, egg curry etc. It is an extremely easy to prepare breakfast dish, if you have an easy to handle idiyappam maker. It is one of the favourite breakfast dishes of my family. As it is a soft food, small children, elderly people etc can enjoy it. Small children always like to have this with grated fresh coconut and sugar.


  • Rice Flour : 2 Cups
  • Water : 1 cup to make the dough
  • Salt : 1/4 tsp to taste
  • Grated coconut : 1 cup
  • Oil (preferably Gingelly oil) : 1 tsp + more as needed


Step-1: First, add the oil to the water and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, turn off the flame.

Step-2: In a separate bowl, add the rice flour, salt and mix well. Add about 3/4 Cup of the hot water to the rice flour. Stir with a spatula. Now, continue to add the water little by little to the rice flour and mix well until a soft, smooth and non-sticky dough is formed.

Step-3: Once you are able to handle the dough by hand, knead it nicely for 1-2 minutes. Grease the inside portion of the idiyappam press. Grease your palm with oil, take a portion of the dough, smoothen it out in your palm and fill it in the press. Similarly, grease the steamer plate. Gently press the idiyappam dough onto the steamer plate.

Step-4: Steam the idiyappam for about 5 minutes, until cooked through. Let the idiyapam to cool down a bit, before gently removing from the steamer plate and transferring to a serving plate.

Step-5: Enjoy hot idiyappam with a side of spicy kurma or sweetened coconut milk.