22 Dec Maize Idiyappam / Cholam String Hopper
Idiyappam / stringhoppers is a healthy, delicious & easy to make dish from South India. Maize idiyappam is the noodle like steamed dish with maize (corn / cholam). It is best & nutritious dish for both elders and children. To top it all, it is so versatile that you can serve them for breakfast / snack / main course.
Idiyappam is not only popular dish from South India, It is also popular in Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
This Maize version is a twist from the original recipe that uses rice flour. You can serve it either as a sweet version or salted version.
I have however included both here.
- 1/2 cup Maize flour (Corn atta / yellow chola maavu)
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp oil
- Mix both flours and dry roast for few minutes till they become warm. Do not over roast.
- Heat water in a vessel, add salt and oil and bring to boil.
- When the water starts boiling, reduce heat and add the flour mixture.
- Keep cooking till it forms a lump.
- Remove from fire and cool
- Knead to smooth consistency and make big balls.
- Take Idiyappam press, fill with one ball and squeeze through to make small idiyappams in each idli mould.
- Steam for 5 to 7 minutes and cool. Do not over cook as it might become hard.
- Topping:Salted version—Heat 1 tsp oil and add 1 tsp each mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and roasted peanuts. When the dal becomes brown, add 1 green chilli chopped, 2 tbsp freshly grated coconut and salt. Sauté for few minutes.Sweet version—Dry roast 1 tbsp sesame seeds (til / ellu), and 2 tbsp grated coconut separately till they become slightly brown. Add 1 tbsp roasted peanuts and 2 tbsp jaggery powder and blend / pulse in a mixer to a coarse powder. Add a dash of cardamom power.
- Serving:Arrange the idiyappams in a plate. Divide into 2 and spoon 1 tblsp of sweet version on each in one part and 1 tbsp of salted version in the other part.Alternately, keep the plain idiyappams and the toppings separately. Let the members serve themselves with whatever toppings they desire.
- Quantity of water depends on the quality of flour. Adjust accordingly.
- If the dough is dry, it will be hard to press. If it is watery, the strings will stick to each other.
- Keep the dough covered with wet cloth when making batches.
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