Instant Pot Idiyappam / String Hopper Upma



    • 1 cup Rice Flour
    • 1/8 tsp Salt
    • 1 1/4 cup of hot water
    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 1 tbsp Ghee
    • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion
    • 2 tbsp Chopped Ginger
    • 3 Serrano Pepper/ Green Chillies
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/4 Lemon
    • Cilantro chopped
    • Tadka/ Tempering:
      • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
      • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
      • 1 tsp Urud dal/ White Gram
      • 1 tsp Channa dal / Split Bengal Gram
      • Curry leaves (optional)
      • Hing / Asafoetida (little)



Idiyappam Recipe:

    • Bring water to boil. 
    • Add rice flour and salt to a mixing bowl - Gradually add hot water and mix it until we get the soft dough.
    • Add 1 tbsp oil to the dough and mix it to get a smooth, non sticky dough.

    • Fill up this dough to the Idiyappam press.

    • Grease the steamer plate (Idly plate) with the oil.
    • Gently press the Idiyappam dough to the plate (as shown in video)
      • Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and place trivet inside.
        • Keep the steamer plate inside and close the lid with venting position
            • Set Steam- low pressure for 5 minutes (Note: Steam mode countdown in venting will not work, so set your timer for 5 minutes)
              • Turn off instant pot after 5 minutes.  Let it sit for 5 minutes then open the lid. 
                • Soft Idiyappam is ready.

              INSTRUCTIONS 2:

              Idiyappam Upma:
                • Once Idiyappam is cooled down, cut the Idiyappam into pieces.
                • Clean the instant pot vessel and turn on saute mode.
                • When pot is hot, add oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urud dal, channa dal, curry leaves and hing.
                • Add chopped onion, chopped ginger and green chillies. Saute until turns golden brown.
                • Add turmeric powder and salt. Give a quick stir.  Now change saute mode to LESS to avoid burning at the bottom.
                • Add Idiyappam pieces and mix it well.
                • Close it with any lid just to cover it. Let it sit for 3 minutes.
                • Now add chopped cilantro, lemon juice and ghee. Give a gentle mix.
                • Idiyappam Upma is Ready.