Appam by Tarla Dalal

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Dec. 16, 2013

Appam is a famous dish from the keralite repertoire of South Indian cooking. This recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish. Since yeast is used, the batter need not be fermented for long unlike the traditional version. Serve appam with slightly-sweetened coconut milk and coconut stew for a perfect meal!


For the batter
Uncooked rice 2 Cup (32 tbs) , soaked for 4 to 5 hours and drained (chawal)
Cooked rice 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Dry yeast 1/2 Teaspoon
Sugar 2 Pinch
Plain flour 1 Pinch
Coconut milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Sugar 2 Teaspoon
Warm water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Other ingredients
Oil 15 Teaspoon (For greasing and cooking)




1. Blend together soaked rice, cooked rice, and half cup of warm water to make a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

2. In a bowl, mix dry yeast, sugar, and half cup of warm water. Add a pinch of plain flour, cover the bowl, and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

3. In a bowl, combine the rice paste, coconut milk, salt, and sugar, mix properly.

4. Add the yeast mixture, and mix well. Cover and keep it aside for 2 - 3 hours to ferment.


5. Now pour a big ladleful of the batter into already greased appam kadhai (appachatti) and rotate it slowly in a circular motion, so that a thin layer of the batter is formed on the side, while the center remains thick. Pour a little amount of oil on the edges, cover the kadai with a lid, and cook on low flame for a couple of minutes. The appam is done when the centre fluffy part is completely cooked.

6. Repeat the same procedure with the remaining batter.


7. Serve the appam hot with coconut stew.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 15

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 140Calories from Fat 35

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g6.2%

Saturated Fat 3 g15%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 31 mg1.29%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g8%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 1 g

Protein 3 g6%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet