Thursday, September 8, 2011


Aappam is a traditional dish from the South Indian state of Kerala. It is usually enjoyed with a side of potato stew or plain coconut milk sweetened with sugar. Special vessels are available for making the aappam (aappa chatti in Malayalam). You can also make them in a small kadai.  
Raw rice – 1 cup
Boiled rice – 1 cup
Cooked rice – 2 tbsps
Urad dal – 2 tbsps
Grated coconut – 2 tbsps
Methi/fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp

Soak the raw and boiled rices, urad dal and fenugreek seeds for at least 4-5 hours. Grind all ingredients except sugar, salt and cooking soda into a smooth batter. Add salt and sugar and keep aside for fermenting.
Making the aappam is a skill. It is not tough, just takes a few tries to get it right. Watch the video to learn how.  Pour the batter into the aappa chatti, cover and let it cook till the sides turn light brown and the middle is completely cooked. Remove with a spatula and enjoy with potato stew/coconut milk. Bon App├ętit.

Note - Potato stew recipe available at


  1. yummmmy! butttttttt can i please tell u that if u add a tsp of rum before it ferments over night, the appam becomes soft and fluffy. Sometimes I add coconut rum to it... and it's pretty fluffy and coconutty

  2. Hi Ruchira, thanks for the suggestion. Never heard of this special additive :-)