Appam/Paalappam/Vellayappam/Kerala (Indian) Rice Pancake

Appam is a healthy and tasty breakfast from Kerala, India. It is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. For Kerala Christian’s it is an indispensable recipe during their festive seasons like Christmas, Easter, marriage functions etc.
For appam preparation we need a smooth and light batter. The right batter gives you a soft and lacy bordered appams. In Kerala, they prepare appam batter in 2 ways. Grind raw rice with ingredients and make a smooth batter or combine rice flour with necessary ingredients and make smooth batter . Here I share with you the recipe for soft and lacy bordered appam with smoothly grind appam batter. Make a try and enjoy 🙂
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Recipe Type Kerala /Breakfast
Soaking Time For Raw Rice 4 to 6 hours
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 1 minutes per appam
Fermenting Time for Appam Batter 5 to 8 hours (between 26C to 32C)
Serve to 5 to 6

Ingredients For Appam/Paalappam/Vellayappam/Kerala (Indian) Rice Pancake

Ingredient Quantity Notes
Raw Rice/Pachari 2 Cups I used Ponni Rice for this recipe
Cooked Rice ¾ Cup
Grated Coconut 1 Cup Fresh
Sugar 4 Tablespoon
Yeast ½ Teaspoon Use fresh and active Yeast
Water 1 ½ Cup (approximately) For Grinding
Coconut Milk 1 Cup Medium Consistency
Sodium Bicarbonate/Baking Soda 2 Pinches
Salt As per your taste

Method For Appam/Paalappam/Vellayappam/Kerala (Indian) Rice Pancake

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• Wash and clean rice, soak it for 4 to 6 hours.
• In a grinder/Mixer, place drained rice, cooked rice, grated coconut, yeast, sugar and water. Grind and make a smooth batter form.
• Transfer and cover batter to a big vessel/bowl at room temperature (between 26C to 32C) for about 5 to 8 hours for its fermentation purpose.
• After its fermentation, the batter will be double in its original size. Refrigerate it until you need.
• Before cooking the appam, add salt, baking Soda and coconut milk, combine well. Keep it 30 to 45 minutes in a room temperature for setting purpose. If the batter is too thick, add water to bring it to the light consistency.
• Heat appam pan or deep non-stick pan in a medium/low heat.
• Pour a ladle full of batter in its center. Take and rotate the pan (make sure that the batter is spread in a circular form as well as allow batter to coat sides of pan).
• Cover and cook (medium heat) until the appam’s middle part is fluffy and the edges are crispy and light brown.

Hope this video is helpful for you to make beautiful appams 🙂

Serve appam with Egg Curry, Egg Roast(Egg Curry with Onion Tomato Gravy), Vegetable Stew, Mutton Stew, Chicken Curry, Beef Curry, Prawns Curry and Mutton curry etc. and enjoy 🙂

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Notes and Tips

If the batter is too thick, add water to bring it to the light consistency.

Adjust quantity of sugar as per your taste, sweet batter gives you more brown and crispy frilled appam.If you consume appam with curry add less sugar.

Adjust quantity of coconut and coconut milk as per your taste. More coconut milk gives you tasty appam.

Fermentation time of batter will vary upon your room temperature.

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