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January 17, 2014


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Appam is one of the special breakfast recipes like poori which i make only in weekends or for guests. Its my long time wish to make an appam recipe without using yeast, coconut milk and cooking soda. Finally i succeeded in my attempt. I have already posted two varieties, one is the authentic chettinad version and the other one is appam using idli,dosa batter. This version is from my friend Shalini. I made small changes in her recipe as per my mil’s suggestion and also tried with Eno fruit salt instead of cooking soda. So this recipe has no coconut milk, no yeast and no cooking soda. Try this absolutely guilt free, yummy, soft appam recipe for breakfast. U’ll love it.
Check out my other aapam versions if interested
aapam steam

Appam recipe without yeast

Appam recipe

 Appam recipe for breakfast without coconut milk,yeast and cooking soda
Cuisine: Indian Category: Breakfast recipes Yields: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 5 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes

1 cup - 240ml
To soak in water and grind
  • Good quality raw rice - 1 cup
  • Idli rice/Boiled rice - 1 cup
  • Urad dal – 3 tbsp
  • Poha/Thick aval OR Cooked rice - 1/4 cup
  • Methi seeds - 1 tsp ( use 1/2 tsp for mild flavor)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To mix in the batter
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Eno fruit salt – 1 tsp

  • Wash and soak the rice together.Wash and soak the urad dal,poha and methi seeds together.( If using cooked rice,no need to soak it.Grind it along with rice).Soak everything for two hours.
  • Grind the urad dal mixture first adding enough water( Add coconut water if u have).Remove in a wide bowl.Then grind the rice ( cooked rice)adding enough salt and water.Remove and mix the batters together using ur hand.
  • Allow it to ferment overnight.The next day batter would have raised well.Add sugar to it and mix well.Add little water to adjust the consistency of batter if it is too thick.
appam step by step picture
  • Just 10-15 minutes before making aapam,add the Eno fruit salt.Mix well and set aside.Make sure Eno is active.U should see some small bubbles in the batter after u add Eno.
  • Heat a non-stick aapam kadai/skillet and pour 1.5 ladle of batter in the center.Swirl the kadai so that the batter spreads evenly in the corners.Make sure the center part is thick and the corners are thin.Drizzle a tsp of cooking oil.Cover the pan with a lid and simmer the flame.
appam step by step picture 1

  • After few minutes,aapam would have cooked well with bubbles on top.Remove with a slotted ladle.
appam step by step picture 2
  • Serve hot with coconut milk,chutney,stew or mixed veg kurma.
  • For variations,use 1/2 cup of urad dal for the above recipe without using poha or cooked rice.This is my friend’s actual recipe.I have tried this way too.It comes out well.
  • U can add 1/4 cup of thin coconut milk to adjust the consistency of the batter instead of water.It tastes good with mild coconut flavour.
  • U can also replace Eno with 2 pinches of cooking soda if u don’t have them in hand.
  • Use non-stick appa kadai to make appams easily.

Appam recipe

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  1. I like appams..but never tried at home. Will try soon!

  2. extra ordinary click .... love appam anytime....

  3. Wow so yumm... my all time favorite aks..

  4. lovely appam and lovely photo of it!well done!

  5. wow the pics are just amazing..esp the steaming aapam

  6. Appam without coconut milk? Super... Lovely clicks

  7. Appam looks super delicious, love your second click, makes me really hungry...

  8. Thats a very interesting way to make appam.Will definitely try.

  9. Nice idea of using Eno salt, aapam looks so spongy and that second click is simply amazing..

  10. nice step by step presentation and love that steaming hot aapam

  11. Nice idea of using Eno instead of soda or yeast. And love the second click. Hot steaming appam.

  12. The hot aappam pic is well, so hot! And great idea for t hose who don't like to use yeast.

  13. just seen all ur thali foods .They are very tempting and very clean presentation chitra.Love ur appam method also .My mom do appam in dff way than the 2 mentioned appam recipes .Will try ur way too

    1. Thank u Sathya priya :) Do try and let me know :)

  14. The pics are wonderful ! And appams look nice and fluffy.

  15. love the clicks especially the 2nd one looks great.

  16. This is one of the best Indian recipes guide. Thanks for sharing. Best platform for learners for those who are trying to learn how to cook south Indian recipes.

  17. Tried your recipe. Came out very well. Except that it had a slight "fenugreeky" flavour. Maybe i will reduce it to 1/2 tsp and try next time. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Thanks for the feedback Neeraja.If batter ferments properly,this fenugreek smell won't be visible.As u said,try with 1/2 tsp :)

  19. Tried today for breakfast...came out very well....

  20. Today i tried appam and veg kurma for breakfast. It really turned out gud. Thks for step by step guidance

  21. Today i tried appam and veg kurma for breakfast. It really turned out gud. Thks for step by step guidance

  22. The tawa looks good, from where did u get it? Which company make is it?

  23. Thank you so much for sharing Chitra. Turned out well. My family love it.


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