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November 19, 2015

Nei Appam Recipe (Without Banana) - Ghee Appam Recipe - Karthigai Deepam Recipes

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Nei appam recipe
This is a traditional nei appam recipe without banana, wheat flour (Ghee appam). It is prepared by soaking and grinding raw rice, urad dal and toor dal but it can be made instantly without fermenting the batter.  Karthigai Deepam festival has arrived. Just few more days to go. For every food blogger, festival starts one week earlier than the actual day because we need to try varieties of neivedyam recipes for the sake of blogging. Sometimes I feel lazy to try out new recipes but whenever I get some mails of appreciation and recipe requests, I feel myself refreshed and start to browse for some interesting recipes.Yesterday I got a mail to share Nei appam recipe using rice. 
Even though I had posted an easy and instant nei appam recipe with rice flour, rava and wheat flour, that was not the traditional recipe. Traditionally nei appam is made using rice and it should be deep fried in ghee or oil. In Kerala, they call nei appam as unniappam. So this year for Karthigai deepam, I wanted to share a nei appam recipe with rice as per my reader’s request. I adapted this recipe from my MIL’s sweet paniyaram recipe and I used my paniyaram pan to make this appam. So this is not a deep fried version. It came out very well and soft. The flavor of ghee & jaggery with cardamom was awesome. We all loved it
Friends, if you are looking for nei appam recipe with rice, do try this one. It needs 4-6 hours fermentation time based on the weather if you want to skip baking soda. For instant version, please click THIS LINK. For appam recipe using wheat flour, click THIS LINK.  Next week I will try to share a sweet appam recipe using maida ! Lets see how to make ghee appam/Vella appam recipe for Karthigai Deepam.
Nei appam recipe

Nei appam recipe

Nei appam recipe How to make nei appam recipe using rice and urad dal ! - Karthigai deepam recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 20 
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 125 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Raw Rice OR Idli rice - 1 cup
  • White round urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Toor dal - 2 tsp
  • Poha/Aval - 2 tbsp
  • Methi seeds/Vendhayam - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cooking soda - 2 big pinches
  • Grated jaggery – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp 
  • Cardamom - 3 nos
  • Ghee - as needed ( to cook appam)
  • Wash and soak rice, methi seeds, urad dal, toor dal and poha together for 2 hours. Grind it in a big sized mixie jar adding grated jaggery and cardamom. The batter should be very smooth. So add water accordingly. Do not make the batter too watery. It should be of dosa batter consistency. As we are adding jaggery while grinding, it will leave some water. So use water carefully.
  • Remove the batter in a bowl and keep aside for 3-4 hours. Usually we grind the batter around 11am in the morning and make appam at night around 7. By doing this way, batter would be fermented slightly and gives soft appam. So soak the rice & grind the batter earlier at least 5-6 hours before making appam to get really soft appam. No need to refrigerate the batter. 

  • In the evening around 6pm, take the batter and mix it well. If you feel the batter is too thick, add some water to bring dosa batter consistency. Add 2 big pinches of cooking soda, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a paniyaram pan and add 1/2 tbsp of ghee in each hole.You can mix gingely oil + melted ghee and make this appam. When the ghee is heated, pour the appam using a small ladle. Fill the batter till half of each holes. This helps for even cooking. Keep the flame low and close the pan with a lid.
  • After 2-3 minutes,flip the appam and cook the other side by covering the pan. Prick it with a fork for even cooking. Appam looks golden brown, bulgy and soft. Insert a toothpick or back of a spoon and check for doneness. If the spoon comes out clear, appam is done. This appam stays good for a day. (color of appam may vary based on the color of jaggery. If the batter is well fermented, you will get nice golden colored appam as you see in the picture) Enjoy !
  • Do not use thick batter for making appam. Appam will become hard.
  • You can add 2 tbsp of grated coconut while grinding the batter.
  • This appam tastes the best when the batter is ground 6 hours before making. So try to make it earlier. If the batter is properly fermented, you can omit cooking soda.
  • Sometimes my MIL adds a ladleful of fermented idli, dosa batter to avoid cooking soda.
  • You can mix gingely oil + melted ghee and make this appam.

Try this traditional Nei appam recipe for this Karthigai Deepam and Enjoy !
Nei appam recipe

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viji said...

I don't use cooking soda.. If avoiding that make the appam hard?

Chitra said...

If you want to make soft appam without adding soda,please ferment the batter for 6-7 hours.If you r making instantly,u must add cooking soda :)