Feb 19, 2013

Appam / Palappam (4th recipe)

Appam / Palappam (4th recipe) - with Eno Fruit salt and without Yeast / Baking Powder / Cooking soda.

 Palappam is a traditional breakfast dish in Kerala cuisine, goes well with stew, non vegetarian  gravy dishes , korma, egg roast ..

Additional recipe links

1, Here' s the recipe of '' How to make tasty and spongy Appam (with yeast and without coconut milk.

2, Here's the recipe of Appam  - made of coconut milk.

3, Here's the recipe of Nirapara Easy Palappam.

4,  Here's the photos of Appachatty (Hopper pan)

Makes – 9 - 11


Please use same measuring cup to measure rice and grated coconut.

1 ¼  cup Ponni  Raw Rice / Silky raw rice ( good quality pachari ) (Please measure in Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity)

2 tablespoon sago (sabudana)

2 cups water (to soak rice)

2 tablespoon leftover cooked and cooled rice

½ cup grated coconut

½ teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 sachet (4.6 g)  Eno Fruit salt (available at medical stores and supermarkets. It’s an antacid and good for digestion). Eno fruit salt is used to make Dhokla (Gujarati snack). It helps the batter to rise well. So need to keep the appam batter to ferment too long. 

To prepare Appam batter:

Wash and clean ponni rice and sago. Soak  ponni raw  rice and sago (sabudana)  in 2 cups water for 4 hours. Drain out water.

 Grind soaked ponni raw rice – sago,   cooked rice and grated coconut  together in a mixer in 2 batches.  Batter should not be too watery. You can add 1/4 cup water  (3/4th level of rice and other ingredients)  when grinding.

Transfer this batter into another vessel and mix  with salt.  Stir the batter nicely with a thick ladle.  Cover and keep aside to ferment  for minimum 4 - 5  hours (or 6 - 8 hours / overnight). Do not refrigerate appam batter during fermenting. 

Now add ½ teaspoon sugar and 1 sachet Eno fruit salt. Stir well continuously for 2 -3 minutes.  Cover and keep aside this batter for 10 minutes.

Appachatti is used to make Appam. If there’s shortage of Appachatty or Hopper pan, use dosa pan (normal tawa) to make flat appam.

Appa chatty (Hopper pan) - Hopper pan is available at all leading steel utensil show room / supermarkets in India and also online stores. Price Rs 835 for Hawkins brand and Rs 790 for Prestige Omega.

1, Heat non stick appachatty (or normal frying pan / dosa tawa - If using dosa tawa, do not make more circles).

2, Grease the appachatty with little oil.

3, Pour 1 full ladleful  of appam batter to the appachatty.

4, Lift the pan ( from the stove ) and slightly twist around to spread the batter in the pan to make circular shape .

5, Close appachatty with a lid and cook on low heat till the edges are golden brown. When the Appam is ready, the edges resemble crisp lace and centre soft . Traditionally this is eaten with Stew/ chicken curry / egg roast/ coconut milk/ sugar.

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