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November 23, 2015

Maida Appam Recipe With Sugar - Karthigai Deepam Recipes

maida appam recipe

Maida sweet appam - Sweet maida maavu paniyaram recipe with step by step photos and video !
Sweet appam can be made using different ingredients.It can be prepared with maida,wheat flour or raw rice.I have already shared two versions using wheat flour & raw rice.Here is my third version of sweet appam using maida,banana &sugar.This is the most easy to make version among all the three.My Mil makes this appam for our surprise guest along with a bajji variety. My MIL makes deep fried version whereas I used paniyaram pan here.If you feel maida & sugar are unhealthy,u can replace it with wheat flour & jaggery.Lets see how to make this easy sweet appam recipe using maida & sugar for Karthigai deepam festival !
Please click HERE to check my other recipes for Karthigai Deepam.

sweet maida appam recipe

Maida appam with sugar

Maida appam with sugar Sweet appam with maida,banana & sugar
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 8 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup = 200ml 

  • Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Small banana - 1 no ( I used yelaki)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp ( 2 seeds)
  • Water - as needed
  • Cooking soda - A pinch
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Take the ripe banana and mash it well with your  hands or grind in a mixie. To this, add maida, sugar, rice flour, cooking soda, salt and cardamom powder. Mix well without water.
sweet appam recipe with maida

  • Add water little by little and make a smooth, lump free batter. Batter should be thick but pourable. If the batter is too thin, appam may become flat. If its too thick, appam would be hard. So take care.
sweet appam recipe with maida

  • Heat a paniyaram pan adding oil in each hole. After the pan is heated,pour a small ladleful of batter in each hole.Keep the flame medium and cover cook for sometime.Flip it & cook for the other side too.Remove in a bowl.

sweet appam recipe with maida

sweet appam recipe with maida

sweet appam recipe with maida

  • I tried few appam by deep frying them.I used oil till 1/4 of the pan and deep fried one at a time.It came out well with golden brown color as u see in the picture below.So if you wish to deep fry,u can go ahead. But remember to deep fry the appam in less oil to get a good shape. I used my mini tadka pan. You can use any kadai.
maida sweet appam recipe

Enjoy !
  • Replace maida with wheat flour & sugar with jaggery for healthy substitute.
Try this quick and easy maida appam for this festival.Happy Karthigai Deepam !
Sweet appam with maida

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November 22, 2015

Karthigai Deepam Pooja Procedure, Date, Recipes - How to celebrate Karthigai deepam at home

Karthigai deepam pooja
In this post, lets see how to celebrate Karthigai deepam pooja at home. Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month(November-December) which coincides with Karthika star. This year 2020, Thirukarthigai deepam falls on Sunday November 29th . Pooja should be done in the evening around 5-30 to 6pm. Actually One must light deepam every evening in the entrance and do the pooja on all the 30 days of this month. On the Thirukarthigai day, the entire house is decorated with the oil lamps. This festival of lights indicates the removal of darkness (Ignorance) and enhancing of light (Intelligence). Karthika Month is the only month in which both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped. 
Karthika Pouranmi or Karthika Purnima is also one of the days when the temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are full with the devotees wanting a darshan of their deities.
The other names of Karthika Pournami are Deva Diwali or Tripurari Purnima. Generally people observe vratham/fasting during 30 days of Karthigai month. On those days, people avoid eating Non-veg foods. They take head bath daily and read one chapter in Kanda puranam book.They must take meal only once per day either it can be a lunch or dinner. Most of the people observe this kind of Vratham on auspicious days like karthika poornima, karthigai somavaram etc. In this month, Karthigai Deepam is the most important festival for Hindus.
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November 19, 2015

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

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 4 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 2018, 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 nos
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 !
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December 4, 2014

Nel Pori Urundai Recipe-Karthigai Deepam Recipes

Nel pori urundai

Nel pori urundai was in my try list for years.In my house,both mom & mil make aval pori urundai as aval pori is easily available in Tamil nadu.My MIL makes it as balls whereas my mom just mix the aval pori with jaggery syrup and keep it as it is.So its purely our choice.Here in Bangalore, we make Aval pori urundai by roasting aval/Poha as we don’t get readymade aval pori and make it as balls.But recently i saw Aval pori/Avalakki pori and Nel pori in Gandhi Bazaar.I became so happy and bought them immediately.I tried urundai with both at the same time as i wanted to update my old post as well.Both came out perfect.Please check out my updated aval pori urundai recipe if u are interested.In this post,i have shared nel pori urundai with tips & tricks to identify the correct consistency of jaggery syrup.So you can follow this recipe and make either aval pori or nel pori urundai with it.As i had tried pori urundai with aval,nel pori as well as puffed rice,I personally felt the taste of aval pori urundai is the best.Next comes pori urundai using puffed rice and i would give the least points for nel pori urundaiTongueDont tell anyonebecause it tastes slightly chewy .So friends try any based on your liking.
Nel pori urundai recipe

Nel pori urundai recipe

Nel pori urundai recipe Nel pori urundai recipe for karthigai deepam
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 12-15 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Nel pori - 3.5 cups
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup ( heaped)
  • Cardamom - 3 seeds( powdered)
  • Black sesame seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Finely chopped coconut pieces - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup

  • Dry roast black sesame seeds & fried gram dal.Set aside.In the same kadai,heat a tsp of ghee and roast the coconut pieces till golden brown.Keep it aside.
Nel pori urundai step by step pictures-1
  • Clean the nel pori by removing the husk.Keep it aside.Melt grated jaggery by adding water and boil it.After it is completely melted,switch off the flame,remove and strain the syrup using a wire mesh.Wash the kadai and pour the strained syrup to it.
Nel pori urundai step by step pictures-4
Nel pori urundai step by step pictures

  • Now boil the syrup.It will thicken and reaches non-sticky,soft ball consistency( ie,Pour some thick syrup into a plate and try to gather it.U should be able to roll it a non-sticky and it should be soft too).Also when u pour the syrup using a ladle,the last drop will fall very slowly forming a single string. After that stage is reached,switch off the flame and add the roasted sesame seeds,fried gram dal,coconut pieces & cardamom powder.Mix well and add the nel pori immediately.Mix everything well together till all the nel pori is well coated with jaggery syrup.
Nel pori urundai step by step pictures-2
  • Grease your hands with oil or rice flour and make tight balls from the mixture when it is warm. When the mixture is hot,u wont be able to make proper shapes.So make it tight when it is getting warm.Arrange all the balls and store in an air tight box.The shelf life of these balls would be around 2 weeks if properly done.
Nel pori urundai step by step pictures-3
Enjoy !


  • The consistency of jaggery syrup is important.It should be soft n non-sticky ball.
  • Cleaning nel pori is mandatory because that brown husk may cause loose motion trouble if u eat it.
  • The color & sweetness of pori urundai depends on the color& sweetness of jaggery.If ur jaggery is too sweet,use 4cups of rice & 1/2 cup of jaggery(levelled)
Make this nel pori urundai on Karthigai deepam festival day and enjoy !
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December 3, 2014

Thinai Nei Appam Recipe/Foxtail millet Sweet Appam recipe-Karthigai Deepam Recipes

nei appam recipe

People in Tamil nadu usually make pori urundai and nei appam for Karthigai deepam.As i had already shared varieties of appam recipes like appam recipe using wheat flour,instant nei appam and appam-deep fried version,i wanted to try an appam using millet as we are fond of eating millets nowadays.Actually i wanted to try with kuthiraivali,varagu or saamai but then i changed my mind to try with Thinai as Lord Muruga is fond of thinai,Right??. So i tried with thinai(Foxtail millet in English,Kangni/Rala in Hindi,Navane in Kannada,Korra inTelugu,Thina in Malayalam) & it came out very well.I made this appam using paniyaram pan.Actually i made one batch with ghee and remaining with oil.Both were tasting awesome.We liked it very much.I am glad i could make a healthy nei appam recipe using millets.Tomorrow i will try to share how to make nel pori urundai recipe.Please click this link to view full collection of Karthigai deepam recipes in my blog.Happy Karthigai Deepam Happy


Thinai nei appam recipe

Thinai nei appam recipe Nei appam recipe using Thinai/Foxtail millet
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 12-15 nos
Prep time: 2 Hours
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 2H 10Minutes

To grind
  • Thinai/foxtail millet - 1/2 cup
  • Wheat flour - 2 tbsp
  • Banana - 1 no ( small-yelakki,poovan)
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup( use 1/3 cup for normal sweet)
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Rice flour - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cooking soda - a big pinch
To cook
  • Ghee/Nei - as needed

  • Wash and soak the thinai/Foxtail millet for 2 hours.After 2 hours,grind it to a slightly coarse paste adding cardamom & little water.To this,add wheat flour,rice flour,Chopped Banana,grated jaggery,grated coconut and grind to a smooth thick paste adding required water.Batter should be of pourable consistency.
thinai nei appam 1
  • Leave the batter for 2-4 hours.Before making appam,add a big pinch of cooking soda and mix well.Heat paniyaram pan and add a tsp of ghee in each hole.Pour a small ladle of appam and cover cook it for few minutes in medium flame.Flip it and again cook for a minute.Remove and serve hot !
thinai nei appam 2

Enjoy !


  • Adding rice flour is optional.This appam itself comes out slightly crispy outside and soft inside.
  • U can also add rave in place of rice flour.
  • Adding cooking soda and banana is essential.It gives u the soft appam.Suppose if u ferment the batter for 8 hours,then cooking soda is not needed.
  • Serve & eat hot to enjoy its best taste.

Make this healthy,Lord Muruga’s Favourite Thinai Nei appam for this Karthigai Deepam and get his blessings !Praying

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December 1, 2014

Karthigai Deepam Recipes - Thiru Karthigai Deepam special recipes(with video)

Karthigai deepam recipes
Here is the collection of Karthigai deepam recipes with video in this post. Thirukarthiagai/Karthigai Deepam is one of the most important festival of lights in South India especially in Tamil nadu. It usually falls on Tamil month Karthigai ( pournami day) when the moon is in line with the six star constellation called Karthigai. It is celebrated in a very grand manner in Tiruvannamalai where they lit Annamalai deepam on the hill and and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day. Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

Karthigai deepam 2020 i.e this year it falls on 29th November (on Sunday). The idea behind this festival is to keep away bad things from life and welcome the good and holy things of life. On this day, we clean the house and draw rangoli ( kolam ) in front of pooja room & house entrance. We light oil lamps all over the house in the evening and we make some Karthigai deepam special recipes like nei appam, Pori urundai/Nel pori urundai, aval pori, Maavilakku for neivedyam and my MIL also makes kara appam along with these stuffs to finish our dinner. 

My mom makes a special karthigai deepam kozhukattai and rice flour lamp for the well being of family members. Here I have shared the links for all neivedyam recipes of karthigai deepam with a video recipe for making pori urundai. All are very easy to make and even beginners can give them a try. I have also planned to share few more recipes from tomorrow. Hope you will like these recipes and try it.

I wish u all a very happy Karthigai Deepam. Lets see the collection below.

Click the below picture for Karthigai deepam pooja procedure

Pori urundai recipe - Full Video !


   Maa vilakku recipe 
Tirunelveli ManoharamKarthigai adai

 Thinai urundai 
Karthigai aval pori  

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