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Vellaiappam recipe, uppappam

by Jeyashri suresh
  Vellaiappam recipe,Uppappam | Morappam recipe with step by step pictures and video, is a deep fried snack made using rice and urad dal as the main ingredients. My mom makes on Diwali morning along with breakfast. In my in – laws place nobody knows about this and after 11 years of our marriage this is the first time i made at my home and my hubby and kids liked this very much.
Sometimes my mom makes with left over idli batter and that will absorb a lot of oil. This Vellaiappam is quite famous in Madurai. During our childhood days we used to go the famous Madurai Gopu Iyengar kadai and relish this vellai appam with getti chutney.
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Vellaiappam recipe


Recipe Cusine: Indian        Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 30 Minutes       Serves: 5-6

Author: Jeyashri                  Recipe Category: Snack

Description: Uppappam | morappam recipe, Madurai famous deep fried tea time snack, detailed recipe with video and step by step picture.

Raw rice  1 cup
    Urad dal  1/2 cup
    Green chilli 4-5
    Black pepper  1 tsp
    Cumin seeds  1/2 tsp
    Ginger a small piece
    Coconut bits  2 tblsp (optional)
    Curry leaves   few
    Yogurt  2 tblsp
    Oil  for deep frying

 Full video recipe

Method with step by step pictures :

  • Soak rice and urad dal  separately for 2 hours .
  • Grind the urad dal into a very smooth paste without adding much water(as we do for urad dal vadai)
  • Just sprinkle water while grinding.


  • Grind the rice and it should be little coarse.(add very little water to this while grinding). Transfer the batter to a bowl.


  • Coarsely grind the green chilli, curry leaves , pepper, cumin seeds,ginger and asafoetida in a mixie.


  • Add this to the batter.
  • Add yogurt too.
  • Add salt and mix well.


  • Allow the batter to sit for half an hour. Let this get fermented slightly.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • When it becomes hot, keep the flame in medium.
  • With  the help of a spoon or using hands, pour the batter to the oil.


  • Cook till it turns golden brown.
  • Drain excess oil in a kitchen tissue.
  • Serve hot with Getti chutney.


  • Do not add too much water while grinding and if the batter becomes watery it will absorb more oil.
  • If the yogurt is sour you can start frying in the oil . No need to ferment the vellaiappam batter.

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Priya May 19, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Give a plate with coconut chutney, havent had since a long..my favourite..

Mahi May 19, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Yumm! we make it as evening snack! Coconut chutney will be the best combination for this!:P

Laavanya May 19, 2011 - 7:51 pm

This must be awesome.. my mom makes something similar. Yummy snack Jeyashri.

Panchpakwan May 19, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Wow so irrsistable appams..

Krithi's Kitchen May 19, 2011 - 11:50 pm

Vellai appam looks super soft and crispy… love your step-by-step pics.. now i need some sambar and chutney..

RAKS KITCHEN May 20, 2011 - 12:08 am

Very new to me,love the addition of pepper and jeera,must be adding a lot of flavor to this …Love the greeny bowl…:)

Kalyani May 20, 2011 - 12:38 am

looks crispy and a tempting one too ….. lovely pictures……

aipi May 20, 2011 - 12:39 am

They look delicious- bet you can't eat just one 🙂
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Premalatha Aravindhan May 20, 2011 - 12:45 am

Never tasted this before,now u tempted me:)
Me too luv the bowl…

Jay May 20, 2011 - 1:01 am Reply
Sukanya Ramkumar May 20, 2011 - 1:02 am

Sounds new and cool to me. Nice recipe… YUM! Nice to see such traditional recipe…

Reshmi Mahesh May 20, 2011 - 1:43 am

This is new to me…looks like its very delicious…Nice explanation..

Hamaree Rasoi May 20, 2011 - 1:46 am

Apams look so tasty and crispy. Craving for one right now.

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Sathya Sankar May 20, 2011 - 1:52 am

Appam looks very delicious, wish i could grab some!

Torviewtoronto May 20, 2011 - 3:07 am

delicious to snack lovely savoury

Shanthi May 20, 2011 - 4:00 am

I can fin ish the whole bowl. Fantastic and well explained

Vimitha Anand May 20, 2011 - 4:17 am

Would love to finish off the whole plate with some coriander chutney…

Prathibha May 20, 2011 - 6:12 am

Jeyasri,we make this..n I just love it a lot and mom makes for evening snack…its been ages I had it..:)
We call this bonda not appam and I love these kind of bondas more than pakodas..:)

cook from doha May 20, 2011 - 6:33 am

i like this easy snack so much………..so yumy…….

Kurinji May 20, 2011 - 7:59 am

Tasty and yummy snack.

kaveri May 20, 2011 - 9:58 am

Yummy looking appams…we make something similar and call it mor appam…

sowmya's creative saga May 20, 2011 - 10:18 am

Yes, I remember that my mom used to make this for diwali's breakfast..dont know what ritual is that..but they look so delicious.. and am too tempted to try that now..

Priti May 20, 2011 - 10:44 am

New for me and looks so yum …very tempting …

Harika's Kitchen May 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

New to me. Awesome work. They look tasty.

Nithya May 20, 2011 - 1:17 pm

My mom used to make these too with left over batter like what you have said. I wasn't so impressed since it was oily. But yours looks so tempting. Guess I need to make it from scratch to enjoy it 🙂

Rekha shoban May 20, 2011 - 1:19 pm

very new interesting n new to me…surely kids will like it!nice click jeya!

Sadhana Valentina May 20, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Yummy Yumm…

Sharmilee! :) May 20, 2011 - 1:40 pm

I'm hearing it for the first time…looks cripsy n yummy perfect for tea time

Sarah Naveen May 20, 2011 - 3:48 pm

this is new to me..bookmarked..looks so tempting..a perfect snack..!!

Chitra May 20, 2011 - 4:26 pm

My dad used to buy this from hotels b4 my marr. but the size is too big. urs is looking small nd cute. will try & let u know

Sush May 20, 2011 - 4:32 pm

new to me. Looks delicious, shall try sometime.

Raji May 20, 2011 - 6:28 pm

Lovely savoury appams jeyashri..so tempting that I can eat so many of them.

Anonymous May 21, 2011 - 1:28 am

i alwasy love LOVE deep fried .. so i am saving this dear .. i HAVE to try this 🙂

Jay May 21, 2011 - 11:45 am

stop by my space for a surprise dear..
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Prathima Rao May 21, 2011 - 11:59 am

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Sushma Mallya May 21, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Looks so delicious Jaishree no wonder ur family loved it 🙂

Pari May 22, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Hi. Looks yummy and the yogurt must be giving it a nice sour taste.

USHA May 23, 2011 - 9:18 pm

So tempting…love to pick one from monitor….:))

Plateful May 24, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Perfect tea time snacks. Looks addictive!!

Smitha June 3, 2011 - 2:14 am

Delicious ,perfect color !!


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