Idiappam, or mini steamed rice noodle cakes. Ok, that was a mouthful. Trying to figure out how to translate this traditional Kerala dish into something anglicised ain't as easy as I thought. Idiyappam is idiyappam fam. Here's what it is:
For photographic effect it looked better with a spoon on the side, but if I'm being honest, the absolute best way to enjoy idiyappam is to eat them with your hand. Feeling the soft stringy textures of each idiyappam, breaking apart a morsel of it, then dunking it into a bowl of spiced vegetable stew and popping it into your mouth for a burst of coconut and spices. It's a breakfast combo you'd WANT to wake up to!
The way you get that beautiful mini noodle bed is by using a special idyappam press that squeezes out the rice flour dough through a small-holed mesh (see picture below).