Appa, Malabar Pathiri

Appa is also called pathiri in Malabar cooking. These are essentially thin rice rotis that are dipped in coconut milk just before serving.

Serve these coconut milk dipped Appas with curries like Kadala Curry , Malabari Curry or Yam and Spinach Pulusu .

Appa, Malabar Pathiri

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Appa, Malabar Pathiri recipe - How to make Appa, Malabar Pathiri

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 appas
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1 1/2 cups rice flour (chawal ka atta)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut milk for serving

  1. Boil 1 cup of water with salt in a deep pan
  2. Add the rice flour while stirring continuously till the flour has absorbed all the water. Remove from the flame and knead into a soft dough, using warm water if required.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
  4. On a wooden board, sprinkle a little water. Place each ball on the wooden board and with wet hands, press it evenly to make a round of 75 mm. (3") diameter circle. Keep aside.
  5. Heat an earthen tava (khapri) and cook the appas on one side on a low flame. When it leaves the sides, turn it on the other side. As it rises, press it along the sides till it puffs like a ball.
  6. Repeat with the remaining balls to make 5 more appas. Serve hot with coconut milk.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per appa
Energy145 cal
Protein2 g
Carbohydrates27.9 g
Fiber0.8 g
Fat2.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium129.2 mg


Appa ( Know Your Flours )
 on 25 Mar 16 09:30 AM

So so good! They came out nice and bubbly and with a pinch of sea salt on top, I couldn''t resist eating the finished rounds while cooking the others! I''m making these again!
Tarla Dalal
25 Mar 16 11:12 AM
   Hi Elizabeth, we are delighted you loved the Appa recipe and it came out perfectly. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
Appa ( Know Your Flours )
 on 25 Jan 13 12:49 PM

Totally awesome rice based roti. Goes with pickles, subzi and tastes great by itself.