Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Millet Idiyappam Recipe - Kuthiraivali Idiyappam

Kuthiraivali Idiyappam Recipe

I wanted to experiment different recipes with millets.I had a cup of kuthiraivali(barnyard millet) after making pongal and upma and when I was looking for recipes my neighbour gave a book of millet recipes where I saw this idiyappam recipe but the orginal recipe used samai flour.So I thought to make my own millet flour by just roasting and grinding the millet.I made the flour ready the previous night itself and made the idiyappam for morning breakfast which turned out to be a super hit. I love all idiyappam varieties and this millet idiyappam was so soft and tasted great that both amma and hubby gave a thumps up and amma was all praises for me for collars up :)

You can replace kuthiraivali with any millet variety like samai / thinai or varagu.I had kuthiraivali in hand so wanted to use that up but am planning to try sweet idiyappam with other millets, will sure post them soon.Don't underestimate by the look of this idiyappam, if you like idiyappam then this is a must try as its healthy too.The idiyappam tastes good by itself , you can even serve it with sambar or chutney.

I am quite thrilled and excited as its mittus bday tomorrow the one day I look forward each year....:) Though we ordered her party cake from the bakery, I usually bake a cake for her which is a small sentiment for me as a mother to bake atleast a simple cake for her which she also looks forward. Now the cake is fingers crossed. :) I will come back a day after with all the celebration stories and ofcourse with a special recipe.

Kuthiraivali Idiyappam Recipe

Kuthiraivali Idiyappam Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: World

Kuthiraivali (or any millet variety) - 1 cup
Big Onion - 1 finely chopped
Coconut(grated) - 1 tbsp
Water - as required

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies - 1 chopped
Curry Leaves - a small sprig


  1. Dry roast the millet till slightly browed as shown.Cool down and grind it to a fine powder(as fine as possible).Set aside.How to make millet idiyappam - Step1
  2. Boil water and add it to little by little to the millet powder till it gathers together.Mix well with a laddle, once its hand bearable hot, gather it together to a smooth dough.
    How to make millet idiyappam - Step2
  3. Take your idiyappam press, Pinch a ball from the dough and fill it in the idiyappam press.Grease the idiyappam steamer plate then press it in circular motion to fill the steamer plate.Don't crowd it.
    How to make millet idiyappam - Step3
  4. In the idli steamer pour water and place the idiyappam steamer plate above it and steam it for 8-10mins.Turn over to remove the idiyappam, then spread it in a plate.Once cooled down, crumble it so that the strings get separated.
    How to make millet idiyappam - Step4
  5. Heat oil - add the items listed under to temper let it splutter.Then add onion and fry till golden brown.Add required salt.Now add idiyappam and mix well.Saute well till its blended well.Add coconut and switch off.
    How to make millet idiyappam - Step4
Serve hot / warm.

Kuthiraivali Idiyappam Recipe

My Notes:

  • Grind the millet to a fine powder else pressing will become difficult and you will not get continuous fine strings.So make sure to grind it as fine as possible.
  • You can replace kuthirai vali with any millet of your choice like samai,varagu or thinai.
  • I pressed and steamed in 2 batches as the dough was more. 
  • I have not given the water quantity as it might differ depending on the texture of flour.
  • You can even add sugar,coconut and elachi powder to make sweet idiyappam.Replace sugar with jaggery if you like.
  • You can add lemon juice to make it lemon sevai.Use your ideas to create your own variety of sevai.
Kuthiraivali Idiyappam Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. i loved the idea,i have one full packet let me try

  2. woow .. Good work these kind of old traditionally cooking should be encouraged

    Sharmiee ... My advances wishes to your daughter.. god bless her happiness always

  3. that's a good twist to our traditional way!!

  4. Healthy string hoppers....Happy Birthday to mittu.....:):)

  5. Healthy Idiyappam....Happy Birthday to Mittu!!!!!

  6. Convey my hearty birthday wishes to Mittu....


  8. My favorite receipe .......
    My heartiest wishes to Mittu kutti

  9. I'm a great fan of millets, surely will give a try. Happy birthday to ur sweet daughter !

  10. Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MITTU...God Bless you, May all your dreams come true. Hope Mamma made a very innovative cake for your Birthday. I'm waiting( read in Vijay style ) to see the recipe & mainly photo soon. Sharmie superb recipe, I tried and it came out very well. I tried in Ragi mavoo and Water measure I used 1: 11/4 . Thank you so much for this traditional food, looking from you more traditional things. Can you try and give a side dish for this - I have tasted it long back, forgot the name, but it looks like Morekulambu without veggie, very liquid and spicy, made with More(buttermilk). Hope you know it being a Coimbatore Girl, I miss so many foods of CBE. Hope to get all of them through you. Please try to give some more recipes - Arisi paruppu sadam ( kongunadu style- made on rainy days, kummi adikka pournami days...), Ragi china vengayam vadai( rainy/drizzling time),Sweer karuppatti kachayam,, etc..


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