Ragi Idiyappam/String Hoopers (Indian Noodles)



Ragi flour – 1/2 cup
*Processed Rice flour – 1/2 cup
Salt – as required
Water – 11/2 cup
Oil – 1 teaspoon

What is Processed Rice

Take raw rice and wash it well. Then soak rice for 5-6 hours.Wash again twice and drain the water completely. Spread it on a white cloth for 1 day and allow it to dry. Then get it ground in the mill when it is slightly wet. Then fry the ground flour in batches on medium heat until a nice aroma comes. Spread it in a new paper and allow it to cool and then store in an airtight container.

Raw rice can be substituted with other traditional Rice like Black rice(Karuppu Kavuni), Immunity Rice( Mappilai samba),Diabetic/Arthirites ( Kattuyanam). But make sure to cook for some more time than the mormal rice.


Heat water in a vessel by adding salt and oil.
Once the water starts boiling add the rice and ragi flour in the centre and close the vessel with a lid and reduce the flame.
Cook for 7 to 8 mins.
Then switch off the gas and mix the contents well. Try using wooden spatula to bare the heat.

When its little warm knead it well with hand.
Then grease the idiyappam presser with oil and place a little quantity of this dough into it and squeeze it. Collect all the idiyappams and place it in a greased idly plate. Then steam this in idly cooker for 7 to 8 mins.
This can be served by sprinkling coconut and palm sugar powder.

Can also be had with vegetable stew, coconut chutney or any other gravy.

Or Can be dunked in flavoured coconut milk (which is considered to be very healthy and only drink which is closer to mothers milk). This flavoured milk can be prepared by adding elachi powder and palm sugar powder to the coconut milk.

Tip: Name it as Chocolate Noodles Kids will eat  themselves jus by listening to the name.

Author: Saranya

I’m HomeMaker and a mother of 1 year old baby girl. I have 6 yrs of IT experience with Accenture and IGATE and currently taken break to take care of my little one. I have an interest towards home made ancient recipes which is very healthy for kids and adults and hence started preparing all those at home and thought of sharing the same with all parents.