April 29, 2010

Something South Indian - Instant Sooji Appe

Have you seen any Indian who has never tried a south indian dish...:) ? Nah, it's not possible. I love south Indian dishes. Today I wanted to try "Appe". These are small balls made from rice and urad daal (soaking them overnight). But I learned an instant recipe from my mother and this works out very well. Appe requires a special kind of skillet. You can have a look or buy them here. I got one from India which is a US version and has a flat bottom to work on our coils. You can eat this with tomato ketchup or coconut chutney.

Ingredients: Makes ~40 Appe

3/4 cup Sooji (semolina)
1/2 cup Idli rava (optional)
1/2 cup Rice flour (This gives little crispyness to them)
3/4 cup chopped Onion
1 cup Yogurt (curd)
3 tsp Green chili paste (or as per taste)
Salt as per taste
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp chopped fresh Coriander
2 tsp crushed dry Curry leaves
3 tsp cumin seeds (optional)

Oil to make Appe


1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except for the oil. Adjust the chili and salt as per taste.

2. Heat the Appe skillet and add 1 tsp oil to each of it's groove.

3. When the oil heats up add about 2 tsp Appe batter to each of the groove.
Make sure to give Appe some space to pop out. Now lid this for about 40 seconds.

4. Remove the lid and check for edges, to see if they are turning brown and if Appe can be easily removed. If so turn the Appe upside down and let the other side cook.

5. Add oil if required. Adjust heat and let the other side cook for some time before getting them out.


Enjoy Appe with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.


  1. These look delicious and mouth watering.

  2. Sayali, appe look absolutely perfect.. lovely colour..

  3. Appe are all time fav...Loooks yummy!

  4. Sayali, they look mouth watering, I have to buy this appam maker now. It is killig me seeing me all these recipes and not being able to make it.

  5. Hi sayali, This is one of my most fav item in breakfast and you have presented it really beautifully....

  6. Thank u sayali for ur lovely comments. You too have a nice space..yummy dishes..
    Aparna Vijay

  7. Beautiful. One of our fav breakfast. I always go with the fermented batter. I tried one instant version from other blog and they didn't turn out good.

  8. Thanks to all my new friends :)

  9. Hey Sayalli
    thank you for visiting my blog and for kind words..you too have a nice space here and great dishes..your Appe looks perfect..I've to try yet..

    hope to see you again..following you!!

  10. These look yummy and mouth watering.

  11. Dear Sayali, thanks for visiting my space and leaving wonderful comments! you too have very beautiful blog and great collection of recipes! am glad to follow you.

  12. This is a nice recipe, being a south-indian, I haven't tried with sooji. Will give it a try.

    And we call this as paniyaram, and we leave the flour to ferment for 5-7 days and them make paniyaram, which would be more tastier :)

  13. thanks akalai for dropping by...

    I am going to make that fermented version..sure its gonna taste better :) And paniyaram ..great to know this

  14. Appe is my fav' too, more than the taste...luv the shape. I used muffin trays for experimenting this dish, initially...now I brought that skillet from India:):) Your plate looks very tempting;)

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