Words are not sufficient enough to depict my love for Idiyappam. I love this dish in any form, whether it spicy or sweet. From the basic idiayappm aka sevai, you can bring out many recipes like lemon, coconut, beetroot, tomato and many other sevai varieties. Or else, you can simply eat plain idiyappam with pickle or sweet puli kaichal.
My choice would be eating it with pickle which I love most of the time after tasting it with sugar and coconut. And I do prepare coconut sevai if I am left with no other ingredients other than grated coconut.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: <15 minutes
Idiyappam / String hoppers - 2 cups
Grated fresh coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Channa dal - 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida - a pinch
Green chillies - 2 nos., slit
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Salt - to taste
1) Prepare idiyappam and cool it. Once cooled, separate it roughly using your fingers.
2) In a pan, heat oil. When it is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it splutter.
3) Add channa dal and roast it till it turns golden brown.
4) Add curry leaves, green chillies and asafoetida. Saute for few seconds.
5) Add grated coconut and mix well. Add salt to taste. Saute it for few minutes.
6) Reduce the flame and add the idiyappam. Mix it well.
7) Serve hot.
1) You can also use instant rice vermicelli for making this sevai. If you are using vermicelli, then please cook the rice vermicelli as per the instructions given on the pack.
2) Fried cashews or peanuts can be used for this coconut sevai.
3) Fresh grated coconut tastes good for this type of sevai.