Nov 21, 2011

Homemade Spongy Appam / How to make the Perfect Appam Batter (without yeast)

As I promised I am delivering you amma’s special appam recipe. This is one of those recipe which stayed in our home for centuries. Amma makes appam like this always. Everyone have their own way of making appam batter, but I think this is the simplest one. Traditionally this is made in a appa chati, but you could easily make this in regular tawa..But you won’t get the shape of traditional appam. But its ok as long as it taste same.

You can serve appam with Egg Korma or Egg Pulusu or any spicy gravy. But the best combo is with Amma’s Varutharacha Urulai Kilangu Korma.. So here you to the step by step recipe with pictures.


Raw rice / Pacharisi / Kachcha chawal – 1 cup
Fresh Coconut- ¼ cup grated
Salt to taste
Sugar- 2 tblspn
Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp
Water as needed


Wash rice till all starch from this goes away. Now soak the rice for around 3 hours. Drain this and add it to wet grinder or blender.

Now add coconut into this and blend it till smooth.Add enough water so that everything gets smooth. Pour this into a air tight container.

Take three tblspn of batter in a saucepan and add 1 cup of water in it. Heat it up and bring this to boil. Stir this constantly so that it gets thick. It will take around 4-5 mins.Now remove this from heat and allow to cool down.

Now add this cooled mixture to the batter and mix well. Leave this on the counter to ferment for 24 hours.

When you are ready to make appam. Take the batter and add salt, sugar, baking soda in this and mix well. Pour some water and make it little thinner in consistency.

Now take your appam pan and apply some oil in it. Pour a ladleful of batter in the middle. Hold the sides of the pan and swirl it so that the batter coats all sides.Cover it with a lid and cook for 2 mins until it is cooked through. Remove and serve.

If you are using a tawa. Heat it first, now take a ladleful of batter and spread it on the tawa as you do for dosa..Drizzle some oil over the sides and cover it with a lid. Cook for couple of minutes or until cooked.

Serve this with your favorite korma.

Measure your raw rice..
soak it in water
take your coconut..You can add chopped coconut as well
put rice and coconut in a blender or wet grinder
grind it till smooth
remove this in a container
now take some batter and add water to it..Heat it up
cook untill it gets thick
look at the consistency
add everything in the batter
add in
mix well
allow it to ferment
it will rise a bit..
take your ingrediants for making appam
add salt and sugar in
add baking soda as well
mix well
take your appam chati or any pan
make sure that it has a lid
add a ladleful of batter in
swirl the pan so that it coats evenly
put back in fire
cover with a lid and let it cook
Remove and serve..
With your favorite curry..


Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

I love appam with thengai pal and this looks awesome. Happy to follow you too.

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so delicious ...and u have explained it so well!

Kristy Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I'm not sure what appam is, but it sure looks good. My partner is from England and he's always complaining that there aren't any good Indian places in town. Maybe I ought to give this a shot?

Thanks for sharing (and for stopping by my corner of the blogosphere!)


Christy Gerald said... Best Blogger Tips

Super Good.Neatly exhibited and done Aapam Dear.Luv it.

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

You have some pretty amazing equipment there. Just the idea of grinding the rice and the coconut together sounds like it would be a great method to impart the flavor through out. It is kind of like a savory crepe, which tells me that there are lots of fabulous uses for it. Sounds delicious. Have a great day.

Junia said... Best Blogger Tips

wow i love this is yeast free! this looks delicious. i love rice based anything! thanks for the awesome step by step pictures :D

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Appam,been ages i had them, looks fabulous..

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...this is amazing..without yeast you get it done well....

Thanx dear

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely appams, i usually use yeast instead of soda..nice recipe..

Gloria said... Best Blogger Tips

Look delicious!! gloria

sangee vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

this version is unique and the appam come out perfectly...bookmarked to try...thanx for sharing!!

CaySera said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi...thanks for visiting my space

Appams look soo favourite actually...must try your version....happy to be following you!

Sook said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great looking recipe! Yum!

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips

Very very very nice aarthi. Thanks for posting such an authentic and useful post.

Amina Khaleel said... Best Blogger Tips

simple and easy.. delicious..

Nandini said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...nice appam...came out very well...

RAKS KITCHEN said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb idea arthi to make soft aapams :) Loved this :)

Suma Gandlur said... Best Blogger Tips

Appam looks very inviting!

Prathibha said... Best Blogger Tips

very yummy dosas..I love them

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great!! and great pictorial

Vani said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, Appam looks really great! Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe :)

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

love your step by step pictures! bookmarked this to make soonn.. your appams look fabulous!

ANU said... Best Blogger Tips

wow perfect appam....

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Daksha said... Best Blogger Tips

I like appam ur looks lovely.....Thanks for stopping my space.

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

I believe appam making is an art.It should be taken very seriously.Isn't it ? Yours have come out superb.I do in a different way.Addition of baking soda is new to me.will try Aarthi.Thanks for the recipe.Thanks your Amma.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely step by step presentation, will surely try and let u know, i did one version of it following Valli's recipe which was equally good.
Your recipe is different so will also try this one.

Did you coat the pan with oil before dropping the batter?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

The Pumpkin Farm..Thanks for ur comment..Yes i coated the pan with oil...

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Glad to have chanced upon your blog... there is so much to bookmark here.

The appam looks perfect!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!!new method of appam without yiest,I want to try,your step by step pics gave me more courage....Appam(appa) is something I cook nervously,coz some days I fail with the batter....:)
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Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Appam looks so crispy and awesome....

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks to your patience and the step by step pics appam is easy to follow.will give it a shot.

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Kaveri said... Best Blogger Tips

Love appams...Love your step by step pictorial

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

looks very delicious and tasty:

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Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

My hub's all time fav food...Looks perfect.

? said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing this step-by-step recipe; my friends use this recipe. We never grind coconut alongwith rice; this looks easy- bookmarked.

Hyma said... Best Blogger Tips

hi arthi...thanks for visiting my space and joining me. this is a very diff way to do appam. cooking the batter and mixing with the rest of the batter! hv to try it...u hv got some real patience to take so many pics:-) glad to follow u too

anthony stemke said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks wonderful, enjoyed reading this post.
Thank You.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks good and tastes very good.i've tried it at my home.thank u very much.
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Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

Well explained with photos :-)

pal payasam said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Today i searched for the recipe of Appam for my frnds who enjoy my southindian lunch and they were demanding the recipe & coincidentally ur blog got opened i was surprised when i gone trough it and the pics. Ur method was same as my mom. and later when i got time i gone through different recipes and i found it very interesting thanks a lot i will try all ur recipes at home.

Radhika said... Best Blogger Tips

thx a lot aarthi for this recipe.. i tried this recipe, appam came out really well..this is the 2nd time i tried ur recipe.. first time batter was a bit watery,but still appam was good..this time, everything family loved it.. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This recipe worked like a Charm and I enjoyed delicious Appams. Thanks Aarthi for this wonderful Aapam Recipe

DEEPTHI said... Best Blogger Tips

aappam is my favourite recipe....
its looks delicious............
if we skip baking soda could we get crisp aappam like this??????

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@DEEPTHIBaking soda makes it so soft. But you could leave it too..

Pattu Raj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks. Sounds easy , for beginners. I will try it out.

Enjoyed reading your blog and the wonderful presentation.

Karthika said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi arthi,

Can i use idly rice for appam ?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karthika i think idly rice wont work. I haven't tried it yet

Thulasi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi, why do you cook few tbsp of batter and add it back. I make aapams but never knew this step. What is the purpose of doing so

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@ThulasiMy mom always makes it like this. It makes the appam super soft and tasty..

shamna said... Best Blogger Tips

can i use sona masoori rice for appam?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@shamnaYES U CAN USE

Nandini said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Arthi I tried lemon drizzle. It is really yummy.

rekha said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks aarthi going thru u r blog and loved so many of ur recipes. Keep it going

prachi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi I tried many of your recipes they are truly awesome! I would like to know what else can we serve with these appams as m not aware of south Indian dishes except idli and dosa

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I have heard from my mom doing appam like this....but, in this busy schedule I don't have time, I grind rice, a teaspoon of soaked urad dal, coconut, cooked rice, spoon of fermented idli batter, salt and sugar to make soft and spongy appams that everyone relish in my home ....even amma is amazed by the result....the quality of raw rice do matter...I use sona masoori....try once, it is easy

Chowringhee Karol Bagh said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic and very interesting tasty..Loving it.
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Dheepa kalyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Ferment for 24 hours? Can i leave it overnight alone outside and then keep it in fridge? For how many days the batter holds good?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Dheepa kalyanno appam batter needs little more fermentation. You can store it in fridge for 3 to 5 days

Chowringhee said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying it out...
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Chowringhee said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying it out...
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Jaba said... Best Blogger Tips

1cup cooked rice add panninaal innum nalla irukkum.

Divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, thanks for sharing the traditional way of cooking with set by step pictures. :) could you please tell me if I can add Eno instead of Baking soda?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Divyayes u can add eno