Idiyappam~ South Indian Breakfast

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Idiyappam or String hoppers is a popular Chettinad South Indian breakfast. It is usually served with a spicy curry or with sweetened coconut milk. Idiyappam is derived from the Tamil words, idi meaning broken down and appam meaning pancake. It can be prepared by steaming rice flour and then pressing it in to thin noodles using a Idiyappam maker. In olden days traditional Sevai Nazhi is used to prepare idiyappam, now we have many light weighted ones, which made the entire process simple. Here is the recipe

1 Cup of Rice flour
1 Cup of Water ( as needed)
A pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon of Oil or Ghee
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• In a wide pan, dry roast Rice flour for few minutes in low flame. Make sure there is No color change.
• Boil Water along with Salt and Oil.
• Slowly pour it in to the Rice flour, stirring it continuously with a wooden spatula.
• Allow it to rest covered for 10 mins.
• Once the heat is reduced, knead it to a smooth yet firm dough.
• Grease the idiyappam plates (idli plates) with ghee or oil. Take enough dough that you can hold in one hand, roll it to cylindrical shape and place it inside the idiyappam maker. Press it on to the idiyappam plates.
• Steam it for about 15 minutes. Idiyappam is ready.
• Serve hot with sweetened coconut milk or egg curry!
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To prepare Rice flour at home
Wash & soak Rice (1-2 cups) for couple of hours. Drain it and dry it on a cotton cloth for an hour. Grind it to a fine powder and then sieve it to remove any impurities. Homemade Rice flour is ready!

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