appam recipe


4 servings

Total time

2 hours


South Indian

What is Appam?

Appam is a popular morning breakfast or brunch dish if you have grown up in an Indian household. It is a delicious South Indian dish with different names like appam in Tamil, appam in Malayalam, Kerala and, gulle eriyappa in Kodava or Karnataka. This easy-to-make South Indian appam recipe is served with curries and chutneys. 

Appam is prepared from yeast-fermented dosa batter with coconut. Appam makes for a perfect wholesome meal, which is easy to make and a healthy option to cook instead of the usual and regular breakfast like aloo paratha or chapati.  Appam can also be eaten as an appetizing dessert where it’s called sweet appam. You have to add sugar to the batter for making it a dessert, and you got the sweet appam recipe. 

Are you wondering how to make this easy and delicious appam recipe? Then let’s have a look at its easily available ingredients and process.

Cuisine and Course: South Indian; Breakfast

Diet: Vegetarian/Vegan 


  • Rice flour (idli rice/parboiled rice/Sona masuri rice): one cup

  • Sugar: Two tsp

  • Warm water ( to activate the yeast): 1/4 cup

  • Dry yeast: Half tsp

  • Coconut (fresh/desiccated/frozen): 1/4 tsp

  • Red chilli powder to taste (if you want to spice it up a bit)

  • Salt to taste

  • Fenugreek seeds/  methi: Half tsp

  • Thin poha/aval/avalakki/ beaten rice/flattened rice: 1/4 tsp

  • For Garnishing (optional)
  • Grated cheese

  • Oregano flakes


  • Preparation
  • Soak rice and methi seeds in a bowl for about 5 hours and then drain water from the bowl.
  • Put soaked rice with two half cups of water in a pressure cooker on medium flame. Wait until one whistle and let the steam release on its own and open the lid. 
  • Now, for the appam batter recipe, you will need two mixtures. One is the mixture of cooked rice, grated coconut and, thin poha. Second, Add sugar, dry yeast, salt, and water to a bowl to activate the yeast. Sugar helps in activating the yeast. You can make an appam recipe without yeast by using baking soda
  • Leave this mixture for about half an hour. Now, add both mixtures and mix them well and add salt as per taste. Let the batter ferment for about 8-9 hours, and your Appam batter will be ready. The batter has to be smooth. Otherwise, it will be hard to spread the batter while making appam.
  • Pour the mixture into a pan on a medium flame. Cover the pan with a lid and heat for 3-4 minutes, then reduce the flame to low. The appam recipe is now ready; enjoy it with the choice of your curry.

Types of Appam

It is possible to taste different types of Appam recipes just by replacing one ingredient. Yes, you read it right. By replacing one ingredient, you can taste delicious wheat appam, Rava appam, and vegetable appam too. Instead of rice, you can use a wheat batter to make a wheat appam recipe with the same mouthwatering taste. Many people also prefer Rava in a batter to make the Rava appam recipe. Now it is not hard to believe that the appam recipe is easy and delicious all in one dish.

How To Serve Appam?

Serve appam on a banana leaf (if available) along with chutney of your choice or kadala curry.

TinyTips :

Though making this delicious appam recipe is a simple task, there are still some points you should consider to make it perfect.

  • Make sure you are using rice of the finest quality, such as pachari.
  • Ferment the rice for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • You can also use coconut water for the fermentation process if yeast is not available. 
  • Baking soda is another alternative for yeast.
  • To make appam soft, the use of cooked rice for a batter is recommended.
  • Try to make the centre part of the appam soft and other parts crispy. It will make the appam tastier than ever.
  • Use of a non-stick pan is recommended, whereas if it’s not available, the iron should grease with the oil.
  • Finally, the appam turns perfect when a batter is well fermented and mainly made with love.


Now make this instant appam recipe by following the step-by-step instructions provided in this article. Surprise your loved ones with this appam recipe and have a gala time.