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Appam/Vellayappam/Paalappam using Rice Powder

Appam/Hopper is a type of pancake, which is traditionally served with Stew. Here is a way of making appam using rice powder.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 40 mins
Servings 12 numbers


  • 250 gms Rice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup Lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Semolina/ Sooji/ Rava
  • 1-1/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Milk/ Coconut Milk (adjust to suit the consistency)
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cooked rice (Optional)


  • Take the lukewarm water in a bowl. Add yeast and sugar and keep aside to rise.
  • Take 1-1/2 cups water in a pan.
  • Add the semolina.
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously, till it forms a thick paste. Allow to cool.
  • Take the rice powder in a bowl.
  • Add the yeast mixture.
  • Add the Semolina mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a grinder for smooth mixing. Add salt.
  • If using cooked rice. add the rice and grind.
  • Add enough water and grind to get a smooth batter.
  • Transfer the batter to a utensil. Cover and keep in a warm place for fermentation.
  • This is how the batter looks after fermentation.
  • Add salt, sugar and adequate milk for achieve a pourable consistency.
  • Heat the appachatti.
  • When hot, add a spoonful of the batter.
  • Swirl it either to form a round shape or floral shape.
  • Let the remaining batter be the in the centre. Cover and cook on medium low heat.
  • Touch the centre to see if it is cooked. If it sticks to your finger, allow to cook further.
  • Take off the appam and serve hot. Repeat the process till the entire batter is used up.


Click here forĀ Making of Appam video