Friday, March 18, 2011

Appams

This is a kind of pancake made of rice,mainly a breakfast item, tastes great with non veg or vegetarian gravies.Or just plain milk or coconut milk and sugar,honey. Its a popular dish in kerala but since we are closely located to kerala geographically most of our recipes are greatly influenced by the keralite taste.

To make appams you need :

Ingredients
Raw rice 3 cups
Boiled rice 1 cup
Cooked rice 1 cup
Grated coconut 1 cup
Soda bicarbonate a pinch
Salt to taste

You need to ,

  • Soak the rices all in a bowl for about 2 hours.And then grind all of the above into a fine paste.
  • It should be a watery batter only then will the appams turn out soft.
  • Once you grind the batter add salt and also add a pinch of soda bicarb and allow to ferment over night (then will appams come out soft).
  • Once the batter ferments(ie. next morning) the appams are ready to be made.

To make appam ,

  • You would need a kadai(similar in shape to a wok) ,I use a nonstick one and a lid to cover it.Heat the kadai sufficiently and rub oil on the it, now pour the batter about 2 ladles full and you need to circle the kadai so it forms a circular pancake around the sides of the kadai. Cover the kadai and allow the sides to turn brown and crispy.The centre will form perforations and then its done.
  • Serve appam with any stew, chutney or milk or coconut milk or even honey tastes superb :)
Variations :
Once you pour the batter onto the kadai and its half done you can break an egg onto it for egg appams, or add powdered jaggery for a sweet appam and cover it to be fully cooked, all forms of appams :)

Sending this to Kerala Kitchen @A girl's Diary

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