Recipe updated with a video on how to make appam
Aapam is an authentic South Indian breakfast recipe, which is generally served with coconut milk and sugar or with Vegetable Stew or with coconut chutney too. Personally i am not a big fan of this Aapam but my hubby likes it. But i have never tried this at home. But in my mom’s place, my sister likes aapam very much and so amma makes it at times. Now at my sister’s place she used to make aapam more frequently and when i wanted to post the recipe for aapam i called her up and asked her, while she was rushing to office on a weekday.  I still don’t know why it didn’t turn out well for me , as usually her recipe always work out for me without fail. So i referred a old cook book which i bought after my marriage and added few ingredients extra and finally ended up in making super spongy Aapams.
So today let me share the recipe of how to spongy Aapam (without yeast).
Aapam- recipe

Appam recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins + soaking time 6 hrs | Cooking Time : 3 Min per appam |Serves: 5

     Sona masoori rice | raw rice  1 cup
     Idli rice | par boiled rice   1 cup
     Urad  dal   1/4 cup
     Poha | aval  1/4 cup
     Coconut  1/2 cup
     Cooking soda | baking soda  1/2 tsp
     Salt  as needed
     Sugar  2 tsp
                                                 Video on how to shape aapam

aapam - recipe

  • Wash and soak the rice, urad dal and poha for 5-6 hours.
  • Grind it into a smooth paste along with the coconut.
  • Add salt and keep it aside for fermentation.
  • It took 5-6 hours for me to get the batter fermented.
  • It depends on the weather conditions of the place you live in.
  • Add cooking soda, sugar just before making. 
  • If making a small portion add only to that portion.
  • The consistency should be like a dosa batter.
  • Keep an aapam pan ready on the stove top.  The pan should not be too hot.
  • You can even  use a normal deep pan. I used non stick aapam pan.
  • Pour batter towards the centre of the pan and rotate the pan to spread the batter.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and after few seconds you can see the aapam got cooked in the centre and  lacy borders on the sides.
  • No need to flip it on the other side. Take it out from the pan using a butter knife or a ladle. 
  • Aapam is ready to serve now.

  1. You can make it as a normal dosa too , if you are not comfortable in making aapams in pan.
  2. Making proper shapes comes purely by practise so do not worry about that.
  3. Instead of adding coconut while grinding, you can add coconut milk before making the aapams. In this version, if you have anyone at home who do not like aapam , can be served dosa .

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  1. my all time favourite with stew , chutney and kadala curry :) urs is super spongy !

  2. yum...ages I had this ...looks so perfect

  3. we make everyweek here without aval.Sometimes we don't add coconut.Like the spongy center and crispy edges of it..

  4. looks soft . clicks are good , no worries :)

  5. looks so perfect..love it with veg stew and sweetened coconut milk

  6. I will try this soon. Let you know!

  7. Aapam makes appearance very often at my kitchen, love it very very much :) Looks very tempting and liked presentation too!

  8. Healthy and tasty appam.

  9. I always do without yeast.. looks so soft!

  10. very yummy n different style... i love it with coconut milk...

  11. my favorite breakfast options Jeyashree. Love the effect of the shutterbugs :)

  12. Very soft spongy and yummy appams jeyashri. For how long we can keep the batter in fridge? coz we are adding coconut rite? i already tried with yeast and cooked rice but not with poha. will try this tomorrow and let you know :)

    1. Nithya,
      I used up this batter on the same day and generally you can keep it for a day in refrigerator.

    2. OH ok thanks da. I tried the appaam today with poha, baking soda and sugar. it was very soft and my hubby loved it. thanks a ton :). here my malayalee frnds also want to learn this techniq.. credits to u :)..

  13. OMG! a tempting dish, yummy and delicious.

  14. Appam looks so soft n inviting, coconut milk is my fav combo...u have made it so well!

  15. They look perfect Jeyashri, love them with coconut milk..

  16. My favorite, looks so tempting.

  17. Wow perfect aapams you have got!my fav anytime...ipo enaku pasikuthu :)

  18. When should I add the cooking soda and sugar ...

    1. You add soda and sugar just before making appam. I have mentioned in the post too

  19. Oops I added sugar along with salt bfore frementing? Is that okay?

    1. Yes ok, but soda should be added before making the aapams

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  21. Hi.. Looks delicious. Can we prepare without baking soda/eno salt?

  22. Thank you Jey, tried this yesterday came out crispy. We love it.😊