Appam with thengai paal – South Indian breakfast


15 min


15 min
    Some food are light for the tummy
    Some food are healthy in its own way
    Some food are uber delicious
    Appam is one such dish which fit all the above requirements.We pair it with coconut milk sweetened with jaggery and flavored with cardamom powder. Our breakfast today was appam with thengai paal.

    APPAM (lacy crispy pancakes)

    For the appam:

    • 1 cup raw rice
    • 1 cup boiled rice
    • 1/4 cup urad dhal
    • 1teaspoon fenugreek seeds
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp sugar
    • A pinch of baking soda
    • 1/2 cup cooked Indian rice
    For the coconut milk:
    • Use store bought Thailand’s coconut milk or make fresh ones at home
    • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
    Appam Thengai Paal
    Appam Batter:


    1. Soak the raw rice, urad dhal and fenugreek seeds in water for 4-6 hrs.Drain the water and first grind the urad dhal and fenugree to a fine paste. Remove and keep aside.Then grind the soaked rice with required amount of water to a thick paste along with cooked rice.
    2. They should have a dosa-batter/pancake-batter like consistency. Mix in 1 tsp salt
    3. Let it ferment at room temperature overnight or leave it in the oven overnight.The next day add a pinch of baking soda and 1/2 tsp sugar.Steps to make appam:1. Heat a small appam kadai/non-stick kadai. Coat them with few drizzles of coconut oil the previois night itself. Spoon in 1 tbs of appam batter in the middle of the kadai and gently swirl the pan around to form a thin lacy layer over the sides. A thick layer will be formed at the centre. Drizzle drops of coconut oil along the sides.Cover with a lid and cook for about 2-3min. The edges will get released by itself along the sides. Remove and serve.

      For the coconut milk:

      1.Grind the coconut shaving to a fine paste. Using the hands, squeeze out the water and keep aside. If necessary add little more water and grind them in the blender again. Repeat the same by squeezing out the water. Add coconut palm sugar to taste and finally add the cardamom powder.Note:The sweetened coconut milk should not be too watery, so accordingly add the water when you grind them for the second time.

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    1. this is my all time fav tiffin. love it. i make it in a different way without fermenting. but will try your method next time. . pics look very very nice.

    2. Thank you, thank you Vij! It looks exactly like the ones I’ve eaten in the restaurant. I’m definitely going to try this out – will let you know how it goes 🙂 Hugs.

    3. No wonder why the plate is empty. I can imagine that they taste great.

    4. Looks great, Vij! You know so many items now itself – fiance will definitely have a great time!

    5. Umachander 12 years ago

      Just happend to see your appam and thengaipal foodie. It was really nice and the photos too were really mouth watering.Keep it up!Excellent work.

      Uncle& Aunty

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