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Appe (South Indian Snack)

syndhu's picture
Appe are crisp round savoury balls that are a popular South Indian snack. Made in an appe pan, this is one wonderful twist you can give to your regular idli batter. These make for great snacks, a South Indian specialty.
  Idli batter 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1 Small, chopped
  Green chilly 2
  Coriander leaves 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Mustard seeds 1 Pinch
  Hing 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste
  Oil 5 Tablespoon

1. To the fermened batter, add salt and stir.
2. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, haldi, and hing.
3. Add the finely chopped chilly and onion. Fry till soft.
4. Add this to the batter. Also add coriander leaves and stir weel.
5. Heat the appe (Aebleskiver) pan (shown in image). In each depression, add 3-4 drops of oil.
6. With a small spoon, put the appe batter in each depression.
7. Cover with a lid for 5 minutes.
8. When it has risen and the top looks a bit dry, turn it over and add a few drops more of oil.
9. Let it cook again till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (2-3 mins.)
10. Serve hot with spicy chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
South Indian
Healthy, Quick
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 312 Calories from Fat 224

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25 g39%

Saturated Fat 3.3 g16.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 360.5 mg15%

Total Carbohydrates 19 g6.5%

Dietary Fiber 2.3 g9.3%

Sugars 2.2 g

Protein 3 g6.5%

Vitamin A 15.1% Vitamin C 36.5%

Calcium 1.9% Iron 2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
Oil-just veg oil or gingely? I must make these!
syndhu's picture
Any refined oil that you normally use is good enough.
butterbites's picture
Some other popular south indian snacks include: - Cabbage Vada - Dahi Vada (Vada in curds) - Medu Vada - Masala Vada - Maize Vada - Mysore Bonda - Potato Bonda - Rava Bonda - Sabudana vada
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
This Appe recipe is wonderful . I think this is the best snack from South Indian Cuisine . With Sambhar and coconut chutney it have a great taste.
tanya3286's picture
is this the same thing as fried idly.. cuz u mentioned idly batter and then frying.. I have heard of appe before.. suggest a good accompanying chutney to go with these.. what will complement it best??
ANTAL's picture
We call it kara kuzhi appam.
Anonymous's picture
i use to make them with semolina and it taste grate.
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