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July 15, 2009

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

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(Recipe updated with new pictures and a video)
I learnt this recipe from my friend Shalini.She told me two methods of making aapam.I found this one 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 with our usual idli, dosa batter.So if you have idli batter ready in hand,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 a nice side dish for appam.This onion chutney tastes good for idli,dosa too. I have updated this easy appam recipe with a video. Please watch it below. 

Check out my other appam recipes

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onion chutney

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

1 cup - 250ml
  • Idli batter  - 4 cups (I took the batter for making 10 appams.)
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup OR thick coconut milk - 1/2 to 3/4 cup ( Based on thickness of batter)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking soda – 2 pinches ( 1/8 tsp)
  • Big Onion – 2 nos
  • Red chilly –  3-4 nos
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Asafetida /Hing – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig ( 10 leaves)
  • Tamarind – marble size
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed

    • Take the fermented, fresh idli/dosa 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.  In total, it needs 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup milk.(Coconut milk should be added such that the batter should not become 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.If 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,it shows coconut milk added is more than the required measure.So add little more idli batter ( Say 1/2 cup) and try it.

aappam plate

aappam milk

See u all in the next post Happy

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  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..

  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.

  34. Very nice recipe of aapam with idli batter

  35. I sent your recipe of aapam with idli batter. Everyone tried & are very much satisfied with the recipe. Hats off to you.


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