appam recipe with step by step photos – these tasty lacy soft hoppers also known as appam or palappam are a popular kerala breakfast served along with vegetable stew. two more popular breakfast recipes from kerala are rice puttu and nool puttu recipe.
appam is one of our favorite breakfast combination and once in a month i make appams on weekends. the preparation is like making a dosa batter and needs some prep work before hand.
this appam recipe is made with yeast. i have also posted the appam recipe without yeast. traditionally appams are fermented with toddy which is a local alcoholic drink made from from palm flower or coconut flower. toddy is also known as “kallu” both in tamil and malayalam. in hindi its called as “tadi”.
since toddy is not available everywhere easily, dry active yeast works as a good substitute. this does not mean that you cannot make appams without yeast. appams can be made without yeast too and i will be adding this version also in some days. the appam made with toddy tastes differently than the appams made with yeast.
to make these appams, i have added fresh grated coconut while grinding the batter instead of coconut milk. you can use coconut milk instead of grated coconut (about 1 cup thick coconut milk would suffice). i have added the yeast directly while grinding, as the grinder gets warmed up while grinding the batter. but you can proof the yeast first and then add it to the batter later.
appams are served with vegetable stew, kadala curry (chickpea curry), potato stew, vegetable korma, coconut chutney or sweetened milk. i also make a sweet coconut milk that goes very well with appams. the coconut milk is sweetened with jaggery and flavored with cardamom powder. just take required amount of thick coconut milk. add powdered jaggery as required along with a bit of cardamom powder. stir very well till the jaggery is dissolved and serve this sweet coconut milk with the appams.
kerala style appam recipe below:
- 2 cups regular rice (sona masoori, basmati, kolam or any variety)
- 1 cup parboiled rice or boiled rice or idli rice
- a fistful of poha (aval or parched rice) or cooked rice
- 1 or 1.5 cups grated coconut Or 1 cup thick coconut milk * check notes
- ½ teaspoon dry active yeast
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
- water or as required for grinding
- oil as required
- rinse both the rice varieties together for a couple of times.
- soak both the regular rice, parboiled rice in water for 4 to 5 hours.
- drain and then add them to the grinder. also add the grated coconut, cooked rice or poha/aval, dry active yeast, salt and sugar.
- you can also proof the yeast separately and then add. just take about 2 to 3 tbsp warm water. add a pinch of sugar and dissolve it. then add the yeast and stir. let this solution sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 mins till it becomes bubbly and frothy. * check notes
- add required amount of water and grind all the ingredients to a smooth flowing batter
- pour the batter in a large bowl or pan. cover and keep aside for fermenting for 8 to 12 hours, depending on the temperature conditions.
- the batter will rise and increase in volume the next day.
- heat a kadai or an appam pan with handles. smear some oil on the kadai. if using non stick kadai, then skip smearing the oil.
- spread a ladle full of the batter. turn and tilt the pan so as to spread the batter.
- cover the pan and let the appam cook. the base would become nicely light golden.
- make all appams this way.
- serve the appams hot or warm with vegetable stew or sweetened coconut milk.
*if using coconut milk for grinding the rice, then keep a check on water. you may not need to add water or add very less amounts.
* if using a yeast proofed solution, then add it to the batter once its ground finely. stir and mix very well.
* if the batter become too thin, then add some rice flour to it.
step by step kerala style appam recipe:
1. soak 2 cups regular rice and 1 cup parboiled rice in water for 4 to 5 hours.
2. drain and then add them to the grinder. also add 1 to 1.5 cups grated coconut, a fistful of cooked rice/poha, ½ tsp dry active yeast, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp sugar. you can also proof the yeast separately and then add (check recipe notes below). since i was grinding in a mixer-grinder, the jar gets warmed up while grinding and thus i added yeast at this stage. thus helping in leavening of the batter.
3. add required amount of water and grind all the ingredients…
4. to a smooth flowing batter…..
5. pour the batter in a large bowl or pan. cover and keep aside for fermenting for 8 to 11 hours, depending on the temperature conditions. i kept for almost 12 hours. the batter will rise and double up the next day.
6. this is how a well fermented batter appears…..
7. heat a kadai with handles or an appam pan. smear some oil on the kadai. if using non stick kadai, then skip smearing the oil. here i have used a kadai to make the appams. but the appam pan or appachatti works best as you get soft fluffy texture in the center and crisp texture towards the circumference. spread a ladle full of the batter. turn and tilt the pan in circles so as to spread the batter. you can also drizzle a few drops of oil if you prefer.
8. cover the pan and let the appam cook till the base becomes nicely light golden.
9. remove and serve the appams hot or warm. make all the appams with the batter in the similar way.