Instant Pot Idiyappam/ String Hopper

Idiyappam or String Hopper is the Traditional South Indian and Srilankan food.


    • 1 cup Rice Flour
    • 1/8 tsp Salt
    • 1 1/4 cup of hot water
    • Coconut milk (optional)


    • 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, Serve it with coconut milk.