Cookbook:Appam (Fermented Rice Pancake)

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Appam (Fermented Rice Pancake)
CategoryFlatbread recipes
TimePrep: overnight
Cooking: 2–3 minutes each

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Indian Cuisine | Sri Lankan Cuisine

Appam, a fermented rice pancake, is a speciality of the South Indian coastal state of Kerala. It is especially popular among the Christian communities of that state. Appam are often served along with a coconut-flavoured vegetable stew. It is also very popular in Sri Lanka, where it is known as "appa" (or "hopper") and often served with an added egg.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Soak the raw rice in water.
  2. Grind the soaked rice until about ¼ ground.
  3. Add the grated coconut along with a little water and continue grinding.
  4. Add the sugar, cooked rice and yeast or kefir, and keep grinding until the whole mixture becomes smooth. It should be thinner than pancake batter.
  5. Transfer it to a wide open container and leave it to rise overnight.
  6. The next morning, add salt and refrigerate the batter until use.
  7. To fry the appams, use a tava or a small bowl-shaped pan with either a non-stick coating or a little oil (coconut or any other refined oil) or ghee.
  8. Pour a full serving spoon of batter into the middle of the pan and swirl it around a single time so that a little of the batter sticks to the sides.
  9. Cover the pan with a hot lid and remove the appam with a spatula after 2–3 minutes, when it becomes slightly browned around the edges. It should be round, with a thick centre and thin, lacy edges.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • The batter should ferment overnight without any added starter, but often won't. Yeast (or better still, kefir) can be added to help it ferment.
  • The grinding can be done in a blender. Make sure that there is enough liquid so that it all swirls around in the blender, mixing properly.

See also[edit | edit source]