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July 15, 2009

Appam Recipe Using Idli Batter & Onion Chutney | Appam Recipe With A Side Dish

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I learnt this recipe from my friend Shalini.She told me two methods of making aapam.I found this as the easiest method .I tried this for breakfast yesterday and it was a super duper hitApplause.This appam recipe is without yeast and it is made of our usual idli,dosa batter.So if you have idli batter ready in hands,you can make this appam in the next 15 minutes.It is very easy and tastes divine with sweet coconut milk and onion chutney as side dish.Generally we make Vegetable stew as the side dish for appam.But my friend told me to try this onion chutney.It was nice with appam.This onion chutney tastes good for idli,dosa too.

Check out my other appam recipes
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Appam recipe with side dish

Appam recipe with side dish How to make appam recipe using idli,dosa batter easily - an easy side dish recipe is also given
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 10 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Idli batter  - 4 cups (I took the batter for making 10 appams.)
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Salt – as needed
  • Sugar – A pinch
  • Cooking soda – 2 pinches
  • Big Onion – 2 nos
  • Red chilly –  3-4 nos
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida /Hing – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Tamarind – marble size
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed

    • Take the fermented idli batter in a bowl and add salt ( If there is no salt in batter),sugar and cooking soda. Grind the coconut with 1/2 cup of warm water and take the first milk.Transfer half of the first milk into a separate bowl.U can use it as side dish by adding sugar and cardamom powder.
    idli,dosa aapam tile
    • Add the remaining half of the milk  into the batter.Again grind the coconut with 1/4 -1/2 cup of water and extract the second milk from it.Add this milk to the batter completely.(The coconut milk should be added such that the batter should not be too watery.It should be little loose like our dosa batter) .Mix the batter well and leave it for 10 mins
    • Now take a kadai / appam pan ( non-stick) .Pour a ladleful of batter in the center of the kadai.Lift the kadai and tilt it in circular motion so that the corners will be thin and thick in the center.Pour a tsp of oil around the appam and cover it with a lid.Simmer the flame. Cook on one side only.Once it gets cooked remove and serve hot!!
    idli, dosa aapam tile1
    Serve hot with coconut milk and onion chutney!!

    Enjoy !


    Usually we all make vegetable stew for aapam..But this chutney also goes very well..Try this and let me know:)
    • Heat a kadai with 2 tsp of oil and roast the urad dal ,red chilly with hing.Set aside.
    • In the same kadai add the sliced onions and saute well.Before switching off the flame just add the curry leaves and toss for a second.Then switch off the flame and cool down.
    aapam onion chutney tile
    • Now grind the  sautéed onion & curry leaves along with roasted items ,tamarind,salt & water …
    Flavourful Onion - curry leaves chutney is ready to go with Aapam..

    1.When bubbles does not form in the dosa, add little more cooking soda. 
    2. If the bottom of the dosa sticks to the pan and doesn’t come out well that shows coconut milk added is more than the required measure.So add little more idli batter.

aappam plate
  • The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.
  • Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.
Coconut In Traditional Medicine
  • People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.
  • In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.
Coconut In Modern Medicine
  • Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:
  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidacies, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with mal absorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.
Coconut Oil
  • While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.
Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.
Cosmetics and skin treatments
Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is effective and safe when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions.[23] Although not suitable for use with condoms, coconut oil may be used as a lubricant for sexual intercourse,[24] though it may cause an allergic reaction in some.
Fractionated coconut oil is also used in the manufacture of essences, massage oils and cosmetics
In India and Sri Lanka, coconut oil is commonly used for styling hair, and cooling or soothing the head. People of Tamil Nadu and other coastal areas such as Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa bathe in warm water after applying coconut oil all over the body and leaving it as is for an hour in the belief it keeps the body, skin, and hair healthy.
I'm not talking about its benefits only . For all its healing miracles, this super food does contain some disadvantages though.
Disadvantage #1 - No Effect on Common Cold
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in it can kill many types of viruses, including influenza virus that causes flu. But they're helpless against the virus (rhinovirus) that triggers common cold. In fact, no medications or herbal remedies are capable of fighting rhinovirus, except your body immune system. MCFAs effectively deal with the infection by producing specific antibodies, which disarm the virus-infected cells.
Of course, any infection could leave your immune system vulnerable to invasion by more bacteria, germs and viruses. That's where MCFAs come into play.
MCFAs help you kill those harmful microorganisms and ease the burden off your immune system so that it can focus on fighting the cold virus effectively. So it's still important to eat coconut oil when you're down with common cold.
Disadvantage #2 - Excessive May Harm
Just because I said coconut oil is healthy doesn't mean you start scoffing a ton of it. You could end up running diarrhea-like symptoms if your body is not used to such sudden change.
Go slow with 1 to 2 teaspoons each time and gradually increase to 3 or 4 tablespoons a day.
The traditional Pacific islanders are taking as much as 10 tablespoons of the "liquid crystal" in their daily diet, I don't see why we can't be like them. The key difference is they've long been used to that amount while we're not, so you have to moderately add the dosage to condition your body into adapting to it eventually.
Disadvantage #3 - Flavor Sucks!
Most people love its aromatic flavor. However, like durian, some people may not like it.
So, if the original smell or taste of this liquid crystal just doesn't appeal to you, fret not, you still have 2 options.
1. If you can't eat by the spoonful on its own, mix it into the food or beverage you're having.
2. You can use it in cooking oil. Just replace your usual oil with it and you're absorbing healthful MCFAs without excess fat intake. It's that simple.
Coconut oil possesses many wonderful health benefits which can more than offset the 3 disadvantages listed above but sadly, it has yet to be appreciated by many. Even some doctors, scientists and nutritionists believe it is as bad as animal fat.
That's how it gained the bad impression of this liquid crystal is.
On the contrary, the MCFAs protect and treat your body against a wide range of diseases - heart disease, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cancers, Crohn's disease, kidney failure etc, just to name a few. They're easy to digest and help you to lose weight too.
Yes, you heard me correctly - it's also able to burn off those stubborn excess body fats that cause your weight gain. All this can be achieved in a natural, healthy way.

aappam milk

I tried this sambar for dosa and it tasted great.Thanks mahimaa for this quick ,delicious sambar.I just followed her recipe but i made it little watery as per my hubby’s taste..:)

See u all in the next post Happy


  1. Interesting facts about coconut Chitra...I have been avoiding coconuts for the past few months..I start adding slowly :) Soft and fluffy appams...looks so delicious with the chutney.

  2. Nice breakfast and lot of informatio abt coconut.Very good.I too love the onion chutney.

  3. Have always loved your kitchen clinic..good efforts btn the dosa looks "lacy" (with a lace on the edge to me) very yummy

  4. Both look good. Esp loved the chutney

  5. appam using idli batter wow!chitra :) I must surely try this one :) shall let u know how it turned out!! I love aapams, the chutney and saambar look yumm too!
    Keep rocking!!

  6. lovely appam... Nice to know adv/dis-adv of coconut...

  7. interesting facts about coconut ... nice info ... appam looks yummy & delicious with the chutney

  8. appam with idli batter sounds interesting..chutny looks so spicy and delicious..

  9. Both styles look good..The texture of the white beauties makes me crave for some..

  10. Appam looks yummy! Never made with idli batter. The chutney looks delicious too :)

  11. interesting idea to use up the idli batter... love appams

  12. Thats a nice idea,the 2nd pic of aapam is looking very nice:) will try some time,thanks to ur friend shalini:)

  13. Yummy appam and chutney! Sambar looks delicious chitra!


  15. appam looks fluffy and super yum! :)

  16. Appam made with idli batter, wow interesting. Yummy appam. Looks so fluffy and delicious. Chutney looks yummy.

  17. Perfect appams!spicy&delicious chutney...tnx ...

  18. perfect aappam made with idli batter! nice post about coconut...
    you have a lovely blog!

  19. Very nice idea with idly batter. will try it for the weekend. Aapam looks so spongy and delicious.

  20. hi,
    I tried this with leftover idli was toooo good..thanks..

    1. Thank u so much , I am so happy :)

  21. Both look delicious especially the onion chutney looks tempting and spicy !

  22. wow!looking soft and fluffy ...Coconut chutnety looks yuummy! must try this ..hey Nice onfo about cococnut oil Thanks
    Btw i had tried ..Ur Bread Upama yestarday ..came out really nice Thank u soo much for the recipe :)

    1. Thanks for trying & the feedback dear :)

  23. Thats a great idea Chithra..:)..n loved that chutney..will make a great combo wit appam n dosa..:)

  24. Very nice and onion chutney...and nice clicks

  25. nice appams .. & I love the onion chutney

  26. Appam looks soft and fluffy..using idli batter to make appam sounds like a great idea.Adding urad dal too for making the appam batter is new to me.

    So much info about!!

  27. Hi chitra, thanks for ur comment and visiting my blog dear.

  28. Thats yummy meal! love the onion chutney!

  29. Yummy yummy recipe..a great amount of info..Thanks 4 dropping by my blog...u too have a wonderful blog...

  30. Oh wow...looks yum and soft......whole lot of info in u r kitchen clinic section .....

  31. Never heard of this one. Thanks

  32. Hi chitra...
    I tried this it cme out vry wel...also i tried ur idli batter,ragi puttu,cashew almond burfi,poori,and masala vada....evrythng came out wel....since i am a beginner,ur blog is very useful to me....u r dng great job....hats of 2 u....can we make flower(lik kaju lotus)wid d dough which is used 4 cashew almond burfi?

    1. Thank u so much Sudha. I felt really happy to see ur feedback. Regarding kaju lotus, u can make shape with almond cashew burfi recipe but u should knead the burfi dough instead of spreading in a plate. Also u can add few tsp of milk if u feel dough is too dry.pls refer my kaju lotus post for more details.:)

  33. in this onion chutney grated coconut should be used or not? or otherwiswe only grind onion

    1. No need of coconut. If u wish u can just 2 tbsp.


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