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Finger Millet String Hoppers (Ragi Idiyappam)

Ragi_Idiyappam_Finger_Millet_String_Hoppers_1 Idiyappam or string hoppers are steamed food like idli and is good for all age group people. Normally this is prepared with rice but we can make it with Ragi (Finger Millet) also. You can serve with grated coconut or coconut milk or with some Kurmas or Curry. It is a healthy dish in whatever way you serve it.

Ragi Idiyappam: To prepare the dough I follow any one of these two methods.

  • In boiling water, I mix ragi flour (with salt) slowly and stir it, by taking water and ragi flour in 2:1 proportion.
  • I take ragi flour (with salt) in a container, add hot water slowly and stir it to form dough like the dough I prepare for Murukku.

The dough should be firm enough.

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • Ragi or finger millet flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cup
  • Salt – pinch
  • Sesame oil/any oil – 1 tea spoon
  • For serving
    • Coconut grated – 2 table spoon
    • Sugar – as per taste
    • Cardamom powder – pinch


  • Dry roast finger millet flour in a pan for 3 minutes or till nice aroma comes out.
  • Boil two cups of water, add salt, put the flour slowly and stir constantly till to form the dough; switch off fire, cover and allow it to cool.

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  • Now apply some oil in your hand, knead the dough well; grease Idiyappam mould and grease the Idiyappam stand.

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  • Put the dough in the mould, press it over the stand and steam cook for 5 minutes; allow it to cool.

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  • Serve with sugar and coconut.


  • You can also break Idiyappam gently with your fingers and serve.

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This post is part of the event “JFI – Ragi/Finger Millet” hosted by Madhuram’s Eggless Cooking.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Madhuram January 11, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Kamala, this is such an healthy alternative for the usual rice sevai. I have not tried this ragi idiyappam, but I know that I’ll be trying it very soon. Thanks for sending it to the event.

  • Priya January 12, 2010, 1:15 am

    One of my favourite dish, i do it often..

  • Gayathri April 9, 2010, 6:43 am

    Can the ragi idiyappam that has been pressed through the mold be dried (using a dehydrator or such, to remove moisture) and stored for use later in the week?

  • Kamala April 9, 2010, 11:37 am

    @ Gayathri
    I have not tried like this. I prepare freshly as and when required. I agree that using the similar process instant ragi noodles are prepared and sold in the market.

  • radhika November 14, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Dear Kamala,
    Such a nice Vegetarian website! Lovely mouthwatering dishes, so easy to cook and tasty too!

    can you add kids’ food to your website? My daughter is a fussy eater. Would love to learn some new recipes for her.


  • Vidhya February 22, 2013, 9:36 pm

    Hi Aunty,
    I tried this today but the raw smell is highly dominating.Could you please tell me how to avoid it.

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