February 24, 2010

Aapam - A Kerala Delicacy

The soft,spongy dosa which is slightly thick in the centre and lacy edges is truly an irresistable breakfast dish. Yes, I am talking about aapam, which is a very common breakfast of Keralites apart from puttu. The popular combo is Aapam and Potato stew or Kadala curry. Both the sides tastes awesome with aapam. In Tamilnadu, coconutmilk is usually served as a side which is also a good match for the soft aapam. There are umpteen recipes which guarantee you the best aapam. My recipe is a simple straight forward one, which I have adapted from my Amma. I have eliminated an additional step which Amma follows. Amma uses only raw rice and coconut for grinding. Then she will prepare a thick , but free flowing paste out of a tablespoon of batter mixed with 1 cup of water. The cooked batter paste is then mixed to the batter and left to ferment.  This is to get soft aapam. I omit that step and instead add a handful of urad dal while grinding.

To prepare aapam, you need that special pan to get the perfect shape for aapam - with a dome in the centre and lacy edges.  Now a days you get the non-stick aapam pans which makes aapam preparation a breeze. Earlier, amma used to use the deep kadai for this and had to struggle lifting the appam from kadai. If you don't have an appam pan, you make it on regular dosa tawa. You don't get the shape. But cover and cook only one side.







You need

Raw rice - 2 cups
Split urad dal  - handful
Grated coconut - from half of a coconut
Salt to taste
Cooking soda - 1/4 tspn



Method

Wash and soak rice and urad dal together for 5 hours or overnight. Grind together rice, urad dal and grated coconut till smooth. Add salt and leave to ferment for 6 hours. The batter consistency should be thinner than dosa batter. Add cooking soda and leave it for 10 minutes for the soda to act.  If you are not using the whole batch, divide the batter before you add soda. This way you will have fresh batter to start with the next day. With soda added batter, I feel you don't get the same result the next day.





Keep the aapam pan on the stove and smear little oil on the pan. Take a ladle of the batter and pour, starting from the outer edge to the centre of the pan. Hold the handles of the pan and give a gentle swirl so that some batter from the edges will flow down to the centre. This method will leave only a thin layer of the batter at the edge which will turn crisp on cooking. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes on moderate heat. If you like a crisp exterior, you can conitnue to cook for few more seconds for it turn brown else remove.

I served with the chettinad tomato chutney which went very well with aapam.




Aapam is regular for breakfast at home and I have been thinking of posting this for a while. But will forget to click the picture everytime. My R.Manni (co-sister) has been asking for this recipe, for quite a long time and fianlly a mail from my reader prompted me to do the post at the earliest.



24 comments:

  1. Your aapam looks so soft and hole-y. I make it in a slightly different manner.

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  2. aapam looks super delicious!! Mouth-watering :)

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  3. Perfect aapam! Last picture makes me hungry.

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  4. i have been wanting to try this for a long time..looks delicious..

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  5. I love appom, my favourite with ishtew or kadal curry. I have never made them though.
    My sis recipe is same, but she add yeast instead of the soda.

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  6. Aapam looks so wonderful..looks really delicious and tasty!!

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  7. Hi. I love appam and the last pic has made me drool..

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  8. yet to get a perfect aapam like yours...will try ur combo...

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  9. Appam looks divine. Drooling at those rounds of perfection.

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  10. Lovely Appam..Wpuld to eat with Fish CUrry

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  11. I am aproud owner of a appam pan so will definately try these.Looks yummy.

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  12. Lovely. Aapams are the best with Chammanthi, your chutney looks so good on top of it. Great post.

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  13. Very new to me.. blogging has increased my knowledge of regional food.. Thanks for sharing..

    Cheers..

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  14. Wow the appams are looking heavenly!!! Love the way they got the shape!!! just like those served at kerala shops!!! Perfect!!!

    http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you for the recipe. It looks delicious. I guess we will be having appam and ishtu over the weekend. Prema

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  16. Yummmm, absolutely delicious!!

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  17. This week I saw two appam recipes, now I feel having this pallappam! Wonderful!

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  18. Aappam looks so soft and fluffy..I love to have it with Stew..never tried with chutney:):)

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  19. that pic of appam w/chammanthi is making me drool...yummm

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  20. Perfect and healthy dish.I am your new follower.
    Love
    Subhashini

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  21. The Holes on the appams speak ! :)
    Perfect looking ones, dear! :)
    You got me back home, in Kerala, though we make appams in T.N..:)
    Again, reminds me that I have appam and kadala curry in my drafts which I am supposed to post soon.. :)
    Got really tired after the 24 24 24 post preparation...:(

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  22. One of our favourites, and a very frequent sunday breakfast and even dinner sometimes!

    My duaghter used to call it "idli in the middle and dosa on the side!"

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