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Idiyappam recipe

Idiyappam recipe, a south Indian steamed dish with rice flour as main ingredient. It is prepared mostly for Breakfast.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 6 servings


  • ½ cup Rice flour or idiyappam flour
  • Water as needed
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 teaspoon Sesame oil Divided


  • Boil water firstly in a sauce pan. For ½ cup flour, I boiled 1 & ½ cup water, though fully may not be required.
  • Let it come to rolling boil, meanwhile, take flour, salt and a teaspoon of sesame oil in mixing bowl.
  • Add the boiling water little by little and mix using spatula to incorporate it to the flour.
  • Once crumbly, carefully add water and knead in mashing way using the spatula itself.
  • When dough is formed without any dry flour, keep covered for 5 mins.
  • After that, once enough to handle, grease your hands with sesame oil. Knead well.
  • The dough should be smooth, non-sticky without any cracks.
  • Keep always covered to avoid drying. Especially when you make large quantity.
  • To make idiyappam, take required portion of dough, just to fill ¾ of the press.
  • If you fill fully, it is hard to squeeze, so just ¾th or little more than that.
  • Either over a greased idli plate or the idiyappam steamer, press the idiyappam as a layer or two.
  • Boil water in idli pot/ steamer, place it inside. Close lid.
  • Meanwhile you can grease the other and squeeze over it, fill the press again.
  • By now the idiyappam would have got steamed (depends also on the pot size. Mine is small so gets cooked super fast in between this time itself).
  • If your idli pot/ steamer is big, then you can place several numbers of the idiyappam mesh together and steam.
  • So adjust cooking time accordingly. How ever, after steam rises it is just matter of couple of minutes.
  • Immediately take out and invert over a plate and store in a hot pack/ bowl/ casserole.
  • If you want to prepare variety idiyappam, you can separate the strings when it is warm itself. Just gently shake to break roughly.
  • No need to do it completely as while you mix, it will get separated by itself.



  • Make sure to use good quality rice flour if you want to use  homemade rice flour.