Idiyappam is a culinary specialty from southern part of India. It is a steamed food and can be served for dinner or breakfast. It is made of rice, salt and water. I already made detailed post on how to make Plain idiyappam.You can make recipes from idiyappam and this recipe is a savory version in which I used lemon juice and some seasonings. Try this recipe and enjoy…..


             2 Cups of Idiyappam
             Juice of 1 Medium Sized Lemon
             1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
             Salt to taste

  To Temper

             2 Tsp of  Gingelly Oil
             1 Tsp of Mustard
             1 Tsp of Urad Dal
             1 Tsp of Chenna Dal
             2 Red Chillies
             Pinch of Asafoetida
             Few Curry Leaves


  • In a small bowl, add turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt to it. Mix well with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add all the rest of the ingredients listed under ” To Temper ” Saute for a min until dal turns golden brown.
  • In a medium flame, add the lemon juice mix, give a quick stir and add plain idiyappam and mix well. Turn off the stove.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney.



  • Use green chillies instead of red chillies for extra spiciness.
  • Adjust salt and lemon juice according to your taste.
  • Add nuts of your choice like peanuts, cashews etc

   Health Benefits of  Steamed Lemon Idiyappam

  • Eating steamed food helps the body to keep fit and healthy. 
  • Steamed Idiyappam are advised for sick and older people, as it doesn’t give strain to the stomach.
  • Steamed Foods are easily digestible.
  • Lemon juice rich in Vitamin C, it is also essential for maintaining a fully functional immune system, aiding digestion and fighting cancer.
  • Lemon juice is well known for it’s antioxidants and anti-cancer properties


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