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Tamil Nadu's Rice Noodles: Millet Idiyappam

Updated: Jul 4, 2022

A delicious and healthy breakfast option is millet idiyappam, which is made by steaming millet flour and sautéing it with tempered onions and spices. A tastier version of millet, millet idiyappam, is enjoyed with sambar and chutney.


  • Kodo millet flour -125g

  • Little millet flour -125 g

  • Barnyard millet flour -125g

  • Foxtail millet flour -125 g

  • 1 big onion (finely chopped)

  • Coconut

  • 2 tsp oil

  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1/2 tsp urad dal

  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 no green chilli chopped

  • a small sprig curry leaves


  • The millet should be lightly roasted until browed. When it has cooled, finely powder it (as fine as possible). Place aside.

  • When the millet powder has gathered, add boiling water little by little.

  • When the mixture is warm enough for your hands to handle, combine it thoroughly to form a smooth dough.

  • Pick up your idiyappam press, pinch a ball of dough, and place it inside.

  • To fill the steamer plate, grease the idiyappam steamer plate and then press it in a circular motion. Avoid packing it.

  • Pour water into the idli steamer, then place the idiyappam steamer plate on top of it and steam for 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Idiyappam should be turned over and spread out on a plate. Crumble it once it has cooled to allow the strings to come apart.

  • Add the following ingredients to the hot oil to temper and watch it sputter.

  • Once added, fry the onion until golden brown.

  • Salt as necessary. Now stir in the idiyappam.

  • Sauté until everything is well-combined. After adding coconut, turn off.

  • Serve the millet pancakes hot or warm.


  • If you don't finely powder the millet, pressing will be challenging and you won't get continuous fine strings. Therefore, be sure to grind it as finely as you can.

  • The amount of water may vary depending on the flour's texture.

  • To make sweet idiyappam, you can also add sugar, coconut, and cardamom powder. If you'd prefer, use jaggery in place of sugar.

  • To make it lemon sevai, add lemon juice. Create your own unique variety of sevai using your ideas.

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