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How to make Idiyappam / Noolappam

Idiyappam / Noolappam
Written by Usha S Kutty

Idiyappam is a traditional breakfast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. During my childhood, I remember my mother used to make sevai upma, sevai paongal, sevai biryani…which was very tasty and delicious. I never bothered to enquire how it  was made but today after marriage i realised that  for  making  all  those      delicious
dishes i need to make the basic and common breakfast of kerala people i.e. Idiyappam. I learnt this recipe from my mother as she is an inborn great cook. Very less items are used to make this dish. Only one thing we need to keep in mind that the rice powder must be very fine without any granules and dough must be warm and non sticky while squeezing it into idly plates. So lets learn how to make Idiyappam in very less time:


  • Rice powder – 3cups (nicely minced without any granules)
  • Water – 4cups
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil – 1tsp


  • Boil water adding adequate salt.
  • Pour boiled water into rice powder mixing with a spatula at regular intervals.Keep it a side for cooling.
  • When the dough is enough warm for your hand, then mix rice powder and water mixture with your hand to make a nice smooth dough (as we normally make for chapati) Remember dough must be non sticky.
Idiyappam Dough

Idiyappam Dough

  • Now take Idiyappam maker and fill the dough.
  • Squeeze dough to each idly plate holes.
Squeeze dough to each idly plate

Squeeze dough to each idly plate

  • Keep little water in a pressure cooker. When water starts to boil, place the idly plates in pressure cooker and close the cooker lid.
Idiyappam Dough in Presure Cooker

Idiyappam Dough in Presure Cooker

  • When the steam starts coming, low flame and then steam for 3 to 4mins.
Idiyappam / Noolappam

Idiyappam / Noolappam

  • Hot and tasty Idiyappam is ready to serve with coconut chammandhi, vegetable kurma.

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Usha S Kutty

Hello Friends, Myself Smt. Usha S Kutty welcomes you all to my cooking world. My recipes consists typically traditional South Indian mainly Kerala foods. Some homely tricks and tips for our daily cooking life and some kitchen tips.  My blog will surely help you all to know Kerala tradition.Hope you all will enjoy my recipes and post your valuable comments and suggestions.

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