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5 years ago

Idiyappam (String Hoppers) With Mutton Stew Recipe!

This is a personal favorite of mine and now that I’ve started cooking it regularly it’s become the favorite of my husband too so much so that it’s requested and cooked at least every 2-3 weeks. It’s spicy, tasty and very filling too.  The steaming can be done with the rice cooker too.  Now on with the recipe.

Idiyappam (String Hoppers) With Mutton Stew Recipe

Idiyappam (String Hoppers) Recipe

Raw rice flour 1 cup
Boiling hot water 1½ cups
Salt to taste

Roast the rice flour in a heavy bottomed cooking utensil over a low flame, stirring continuously till the raw smell is lost. The flour must not turn brown. Transfer the roasted flour to a mixing bowl. Add salt to taste and mix. Add boiling hot water and mix with a wooden spoon to make the dough soft. Grease the idly stand with oil. Place the prepared dough in a sev mould and fill the greased cups of the idly stand. Add about two cups of water to the pressure cooker. When the water begins to boil place the idly stand and steam for 15 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to a serving dish and repeat with the remaining dough.

Mutton Stew Recipe

Mutton pieces ½ kg
Onion sliced fine, 1 small
Ginger chopped finely, 1 inch long
Green chilies slit lengthwise, 8-10
Coconuts 1½ -2
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Cloves 4
Green cardamoms 4
Whole pepper corns ½ tsp
Curry leaves 10-12
Salt to taste
Oil 1-2 tbsp

Ingredients to be ground:
Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 2 tsp
Whole peppercorns ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds ¼ tsp
Coriander seeds ½ tsp

Scrape the coconuts and soak in two cups of warm water for five minutes. Grind in a blender and squeeze through a muslin cloth to extract thick milk. Repeat this process two more times but with only one cup water each time to get second and third thinner extracts. Don’t mix the first extracted milk with the latter two. Dry roast the ingredients to be ground. Cool and grind to a powder. Wash and drain the mutton pieces. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms and pepper corns and sauté till fragrant. Add the sliced onion and sauté until soft and pink colored. Add the ginger, green chilies, and curry leaves and sauté for a minute or two. Add the mutton pieces and sauté until the water has evaporated and the mutton begins to fry. Turn the flame to low and add the second and the third extracts of coconut milk. Add salt to taste and cook the mutton for fifteen minutes in the pressure cooker. Now sprinkle the ground powder and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the first extract of coconut milk. Adjust salt and reheat for a couple of more minutes on a low flame. Serve hot with idiyappams.


anishniranam - 5 years ago

Egg Roast is also a good combination for Idiyappam.

Rajiv - 5 years ago

Ok, will definitely try it out. Any particular recipe to try out?

Ajith Edassery - 5 years ago

Since it's so much a mallu stuff, I could always have some :) and since we cook it so often (idiappam – not so much of mutton stew, though we make mutton curry a lot) I could add my tips as well…

– Get the Double Horse brand idiappam flour, that's the best I have tasted so far
– After squeezing the stuff onto idli stand, add one or two pinches of scrapped coconut to the center of each appam and also put no more than two or three grains of sugar. The appam will be super smooth and tastier.

As for mutton stew, we do not grind chana dal with it :) And I agree with Anish, egg roast and idiappam are deadly combo! Make egg roast with a lot of onions..

Rajiv - 5 years ago

Thanks Ajith. I have passed it on to the wife. She's asking for a recipe for egg roast so any pointers will be appreciated.

Ajith Edassery - 5 years ago

This one looks like the one we are used to… (My wife doesn't make egg roast that often, though I try it myself at times 😆 )


Rajiv - 5 years ago

Thanks Ajith. Will check it out and have the wife try it out.

anishniranam - 5 years ago

hard boiled egg in Onion gravy, I think you know the recipe :)

Rajiv - 5 years ago

Yes and thanks. Will try it out for sure next time we have it.

pvariel - 5 years ago

Hi Rajiv, This is really very delicious item. In our homes we make this. Good to read about it here at this beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing. Keep us inform. God bless. Ariel Philip Verghese, Secunderabad

Rajiv - 5 years ago

Hi Philip,
It has become a hit in our family too. Everyone from my parents onwards
want to eat it on a regular basis. Where in Secunderabad are you based?
Take care and God bless!!!

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