String hoppers / Idiyappam / sandavai / Indian rice noodles are one of the traditional recipes in our family. We usually made this recipe on special occasion. The main reason we don’t make this recipe often is, it’s really time-consuming and need 2 persons to prepare the string hoppers. Some people make this recipe using murukku presser but we traditionally use the below method to make this recipe. Though it’s time-consuming, we love to make this recipe now and then. With the basic string hopper, we make lots of varieties by adding different flavors and ingredients. Here I’m going to explain how to make plain string hoppers and add dal to make it into dal string hoppers.
Let’s see the procedure,
[recipe title=”Dal string hoppers” servings=”4-5″ time=”60mins” difficulty=”medium”]
|Idly rice||1 ½ cup|
Dal string hoppers:-
|Toor dal||¼ th cup|
|Mustard seeds||¼ th tsp|
|Urad dal||1 tsp|
|Chana dal||1 tsp|
|Curry leaves||1 sprig|
|Turmeric powder||¼ th tsp|
|Grated coconut||4 tbsp|
Soak the idli rice over night, next day drain the excess water from the rice and add it into the grinder. Add sufficient water and grind it into dosa batter consistency.
Add salt to the batter and pour the batter into the greased idli molds and steam it for 10 minutes.
Demold the idly’s into a bowl and make idly’s with rest of the batter.
Into the string hopper presser, add 2-3 idly at a time and press it and keep it aside.
Plain string hoppers are ready, you can make lots of varieties using this.
To make dal string hoppers, cook the Toor dal with a pinch of turmeric and set it aside.
Place a pan on medium heat and add oil, once the oil is hot enough add the mustard seeds, wait till it pops.
Now add the urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, slit green chilies and cooked dal. Mix well and add grated coconut and salt.
Let it cook for 2 minutes and switch off the flame. If the mixture is too watery cook it little longer.
Place the plain string hopper in a large plate add the prepared dal mixer and mix it gently.
Garnish it with coriander leaves. Adjust the salt and serve it with coconut chutney / pickle.