Idiyappam & Vegetable Stew

Idiyappams are a very popular Kerala dish. The traditional Idiyappams are prepared by making a dough of roasted rice flour with hot water; I made mine with a ready flour mix (Nirapara Brand). They are usually eaten with various accompaniments of choice, could be either a spicy gravy or sweetened coconut milk.  To make the Idiyappams, you would also need an Idiyappam mould which you can procure very easily in most stores. If not, the same press mould which is used to make oma-pudi (sev) can be used for making Idiyappams. A close friend of mine got me my Idiyappam press mould from Kerala and also gave me this recipe. Thanks Anandhi!

I made Idiyappams with Vegetable Stew for breakfast on Saturday and we were gorging on it in no time! Though making the idiyappams is a tedious process, I’d say the result is well-worth the effort! 😉

Ingredients (for Idiyappams):

  • Idiyappam ready flour mix – 2 cups (I used the ‘Nirapara’ Brand)
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Makes about 50 idli-sized Idiyappams


  • In a non-stick wok, heat the water.
  • Once it starts to boil, add the oil and salt and stir well.
  • After a minute, add the idiyappam flour and stir well to ensure that no lumps are formed.
  • Keep stirring continuously.It will take about 3-5 minutes for the dough to form a mass.
  • Once done, remove from flame and keep covered.
  • Take just enough quantity to fill the pressing mould every time and ensure to keep the dough covered, else it will cool very soon and will become difficult to work with.
  • Lightly grease the iddiappam press mould and put in a portion of the dough to fill the mould.
  • Press out the dough in a circular motion to form each idiyappam. You can vary the size according to what you will use to steam them. I made mine the size of idlis since I used an idli stand to steam them. (An idli stand is a good substitute for the idiyappam stand). You could even press out the dough onto huge plastic sheets and then carefully transfer to an idli stand one-by-one. If you have an idiyappam stand, you can press them into bigger circles.
  • Steam for about 15-20 minutes as you would your normal idlis, till the idiyappams are cooked.
  • Serve hot with Vegetable Stew!

For the Vegetable Stew recipe, check here.


6 responses to “Idiyappam & Vegetable Stew

  1. Very tempting Madhuri :-). The stew must definitely complement the plain idiappam na… too good!

  2. Pretty picture, would love to have the recipe for the stew.

  3. Looks yumm.. must try & get the mould & try it out…

  4. Man…its been ages since I had idiyappam – too much work for me to make it from scratch. I get the instant sevai idiyappam and make that. That’s not great though

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