Appam, Appam Without Yeast

Appam, Appam Without Yeast

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It is a delight to watch an experienced chef swirl the kadhai to make a perfect bowl-shaped Appam! You can master the art too, within a few tries. Appam is a delectable South Indian dish, which is comparable to dosa, but with a special texture and shape.

The raw rice batter and the unique manner of preparation give it a crisp bowl-like structure with a spongy bun-like centre. Drizzle a little coconut milk over the Appam and enjoy it hot with a spicy Kadala Curry or mouth-watering Coconut Stew . While Appam is traditionally made with yeast, to get the fluffy centre, it can also be made through a natural fermentation process, without using yeast. Here is how to do that...

Appam, Appam Without Yeast recipe - How to make Appam, Appam Without Yeast

Preparation Time:    Fermenting Time:  Overnight   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 18 appams
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2 cups raw rice (chawal)
2 cups fresh grated coconut
salt to taste
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp powdered sugar
oil for greasing

For Serving
coconut stew

  1. Soak the raw rice in a deep bowl with enough water for 2 hours. Drain well.
  2. Combine the soaked rice, grated coconut and 2 cups of water in a mixer and blend it till smooth.
  3. Transfer the batter in a deep bowl, add the salt and mix well.
  4. Cover and ferment in a warm place overnight.
  5. Next day add baking soda and sugar, mix very well.
  6. Heat an appachatti (appam kadhai) and grease it lightly with oil.
  7. Pour a big ladleful of the batter into it and slowly rotate the kadhai in a circular motion so that a thin layer forms on the side while it remains thick in the center.
  8. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, remove the appam when the center fluffy part is cooked.
  9. 9. Repeat steps 6 to 8 to make 17 more appams.
  10. Serve immediately with coconut stew.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per appam
Energy121 cal
Protein1.7 g
Carbohydrates16 g
Fiber2.2 g
Fat5.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium3.5 mg


Appam, Appam Without Yeast
 on 17 Feb 18 11:25 PM

The appams turned out to be really soft and fluffy. perfect recipe. thank you very much for sharing the recipe.
Tarla Dalal
20 Feb 18 08:45 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them...happy cooking !!
Appam, Appam Without Yeast
 on 10 Aug 16 01:35 PM

An irresistible South Indian dish which turned out so soft and yummy. I anyway like all South Indian dishes but this was something unique and coconut adds to the taste. Thank you.
Tarla Dalal
02 Sep 16 01:56 PM
   Hi Sonal, we are delighted you loved the Appam recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Appam, Appam Without Yeast
 on 20 Jul 16 05:12 PM

Appam.. this is a must in my house on every sundays.. as this recipe is so perfect and amazing as you get in restaurants.. This is a must try recipe..