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Recipe - Authentic South Indian Delight Appam

Appam, also known as "hoppers," is a traditional South Indian delicacy that boasts a unique spongy texture and a slightly sweet flavor. These fermented rice pancakes are a staple in Kerala cuisine and are often enjoyed as breakfast or as a snack. Made with a simple batter of rice and coconut, Appam is not only delicious but also nutritious.

In this article, we'll guide you through the process of making Appam at home, so you can experience the authentic flavors of South India in your own kitchen.


2 cups raw rice (preferably parboiled)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/4 cup cooked rice
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Water, as needed

Preparation Time: 8 hours (including fermentation)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: Approximately 8 hours and 20 minutes
Servings: Makes about 12 Appams


Soak the Rice:

- Rinse the raw rice thoroughly and soak it in water for about 4-6 hours, or overnight. Drain the soaked rice before using.

Prepare the Batter:

- v In a blender or food processor, combine the soaked rice, grated coconut, cooked rice, active dry yeast, sugar, and salt.
- Gradually add water as needed and blend until you get a smooth and thick batter consistency. The batter should be slightly thinner than pancake batter but thicker than dosa batter.
- Transfer the batter to a large bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the batter to ferment in a warm place for about 6-8 hours, or until it doubles in volume and becomes slightly bubbly.

Cook the Appams:

- After fermentation, give the batter a gentle stir to incorporate any air bubbles that may have formed.
- Heat an Appam pan or Appachatti over medium heat and lightly grease it with oil or ghee.
- Pour a ladleful of batter into the center of the pan and quickly swirl the pan in a circular motion to spread the batter evenly in a thin layer, with a slightly thicker edge.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook the Appam for about 2-3 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown and crisp, and the center is cooked through.
- Repeat the process with the remaining batter, greasing the pan lightly before making each Appam.

Serve Warm:

- Once cooked, remove the Appams from the pan and serve them warm with your favorite accompaniments such as coconut milk, vegetable stew, or sweetened coconut.