Nowadays instant idiyappam (sevai / dried rice noodles) is more popular because of time constraint. Anyways preparing idiyappam from scratch yields a very good quality version. Xav loves home made idiyappam than the instant one, so I have to master this art for our Saturdays:)
|Idiyappam squeezed on idly plate. My idiyappam press is also on picture:)|
|Idyappam with store bought samba red rice flour. I used double horse brand red rice flour.|
|Petal-soft idiyappam waiting for its matching side dish.|
|My favorite combo: shredded coconut + sugar with idiyappam.|
|Hubby's choice: Idiyappam with coconut milk and sugar.|
For 3 big size idiyappam:Ingredients:
Raw rice flour (pacharisi) - 2 cup
(puzhungal arisi flour can also be used. But the flavor will be different).
water - 1 1/2 cup
salt - 1/4 tsp
ghee / oil - 1/2 tsp
Dry roast the rice flour, till it gets a sandy texture.
Store for future use or start preparing right now.
Bring water to rolling boil with salt, ghee.
Pour over the roasted flour and mix to get a soft chapati dough stage.
Divide into 3 equal portions.
From one part, take a handful and stuff inside the idiyappam press (idiyappam nazhi).
Grease a idiyappam plate or idly plate with a drop of ghee / oil.
Squeeze the strings in continuous fashion. Place inside idly cooker or idiyappam steamer.
(I use pressure cooker for both idly and idiyappam.Pour 2 cups water in the cooker.Leave the bottom-most plate empty and keep the idiyappam plate above it, as shown in picture. This will ensure the idiyappams to get cooked without getting wet. I keep it for 10 minutes in high steam without putting the weight valve).
Likewise steam all the idiyappams.
The whole process will take 1 hour.
In the mean time prepare the side dish and serve hot.
Serving suggestions:Serve idiyappam as dinner or breakfast.
The popular side dishes are lamb paya (aattukkaal paaya), mutton kulambu, vegetable kuruma, shredded coconut with sugar, coconut milk mixed with jaggery solution and cardamom or sugar.
Idiyappam with paya is more popular in Tamilnadu.
Tips:Dry idiyappam are commonly available in market as instant idiyappam. They are easy to make, but the home made ones are definitely more delicious.
Ready-made idiyappam flours are more easier, as they are already double roasted and hence we can start preparing the idiyappam immediately.
If we want to make our own flour, then soak 2 kg of raw rice for 2 - 4 hours. Drain and let dry in shade for 1 hour. Then grind in the nearby mill or your mixie to a fine state. Roast it at home to get the sandy texture, let cool completely and store in air tight container for 2 months.
I prefer buying plain white rice flour.