Aug 6, 2014

Ragi Idiyappam with Coconut Chutney Recipe / Ragi Sevai Recipe / Finger Millet String Hoppers Recipe

I love love love idiyappam..We make this rice idiyappam often. But this is the first time i tried ragi idiyappam and it was a super hit. I was a kind of scared to try ragi idiyappam because i thought that it would go gum like. But it didn't end up like that..It was Healthy and yummy that is the only thing i can say.

I think roasting ragi makes it non sticky. It also takes away the raw smell from the ragi flour. Adding a little rice flour helps the ragi bind together and makes it more soft..

I served it with coconut chutney and the chutney recipe is given with this post. This chutney has a little more chillies and tamarind which goes well with this bland ragi idiyappam. So give this a try and let me know how it turns out..

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Resting Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 8 to 10 mins per batch
Serves : 4

Ragi Flour - 1 cup
Store Bought Rice Flour - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Water around 2 cups
Gingelly Oil / Indian Sesame Oil - 1 tsp

For Chutney:
Fresh Coconut - 1 cup grated
Green Chillies - 5 to 6
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tsp
Curry leaves a small handful
Salt to taste
Water as needed

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp


For Ragi Idiyappam:

Heat water to a boil. Remove it.

Take ragi flour in a kadai and roast it for 5 mins. Add in rice flour and salt to it and mix well.

Pour hot water over it and mix well. Once it starts to come together, cover the bowl with a lid and let it sit for 15 mins.

After 15 mins, add a tsp of oil and Form it into a soft dough.

Now take your string hopper maker and fill it with the dough.

Oil the idli plates as well(if you want)

Spin the string maker so that you will get the dough as threads over it.

Stack the plate and steam it for 8 to 10 mins.

Remove and serve with chutney or tomato curry.

For Chutney:

Take all the ingredients in a blender and make it into a smooth puree.

Transfer that to a bowl add some more water.

Make seasoning by heating oil and crackling mustard in it. Pour this over the chutney and mix well.


You will need ragi flour, rice flour and salt

Take a kadai and heat it up

add in ragi flour

roast it

once it is well roasted for around 3 to 4 mins

Measure your rice flour

add it in

Add in some salt

mix well

in the mean time bring water to boil

pour it in

shape it into a dough

cover with a plate and leave it for 15 mins

Open the lid

drizzle some oil

shape it into a soft dough

Take your idiyappam maker

take a portion of dough

fill the idiyappam maker

Spin the top 

Take your idli plates and oil it slightly

make idiyappam

time to steam

place the plates on idli steamer

cover and steam cook for 12 to 15 mins

While the idiyappam is cooking, i took the chutney
ingredients in a blender,
i like to make a spicy and tangy chutney for this..

make it into a smooth puree

pour it into a bowl and make tempering by
heating oil and crackling some mustard seeds.
Pour this over the chutney

By this time to idiyappam is steamed

remove it using a spoon


serve with coconut chutney



  1. Great recipe super.....!!!!!!

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  3. Hi Aarthi,

    Nice recipes, I follow ur blog closely. I tried both ragi n wheat flour idiyappams, Iam having hard time pressing through the idiyappam press. I am not sure whats the mistake i am doing. Are you able to press easily using the press? Please let me know how to make pressing easy.
    Keep up the great job


  4. @Su There may be two reason.

    1)Your press may be the problem, the press which i am using will work like a charm.

    2)The dough you are making is too stiff, you have to make a soft dough

  5. Hi Aarthi,

    Wowww you are just mind blowing. I have become a great fan of yours the tremendous art that u carry with yourself is "Cooking " ... I was always looking for someone who cooks healthy food at the same time easy to understand.
    your pictorial representations are amazing.. keep up the good work
    And u inspired me to try new recipe.
    All respects to u :) (y)

  6. Osm n lip smacking..... Can dis b had wid sambar I am asked to avoid coconut......pls help

  7. What if you do not have the device? What would be the alternative?

  8. @Anonymousno alternative, you need that device

  9. Thank you for this recipe Aarthi. I tried the ragi idiyappams and they have come out great. I will be making some coconut based veg kurma to go with it and dinner done! I am excited because I like to rotate grains to ensure my family gets good nutrition. This is an exciting way of using up my ragi flour. Thank you again :) Will surely bookmark this for future use.

  10. @Anonymous
    i tried with murukku maker with the sev plate . May be an alternative

  11. Hey Aarthi, is it necessary to steam it or after pressing it in the Murukku press, can I prepare it like semiya upma, like how we do the Akki Shavige upma???

  12. Hi Arthi Thank you very much for this wonderful recipe. It worked out so well.


  13. It was lovely Aarthi :) I tried it out for the first time & its really Yummy !!


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