Appam is made in a "appam chatti" which is a special pan almost like a small Wok or Kadai, with a slight depression in the bottom center and gradually flaring out onto the ends, thus giving the unique shape to the palappam.
Growing up in Kerala, appam paired with a Meat or vegetable stew, was a staple Sunday morning after-church breakfast in my family. My mom used to make fresh hot appams for us and I still remember gobbling up those super delicious crisp, lacy appams even before it got to the serving plates.
Makes 15 Appam
To make the Kappi or Kurukku
1/4 Cup - Rava
1 Cup - Water
1 Tsp -Yeast
3 Tsp -Sugar
1/4 Cup - Lukewarm water
2 Cups - Wheat flour
1 can (approx 13.6oz / 400ml) - Thick Coconut milk (Refer notes)
Salt to taste
Extra Water or Coconut water to get the desired batter consistency
- In a large bowl, add yeast over warm water (110 F/45 C).
- Kappi Kachal (Making the kappi or kurukku) - Take a saucepan and add Rava and 1 Cup water and cook the rava to make a thick mixture. Take off the heat and let it cool a bit.
- Once this yeast mixture becomes frothy, add wheat flour,coconut milk and the kappi/kurukku and mix well.
- Add coconut water or plain water until you get the batter to the palappam consistency
- Allow to ferment for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Add sugar, salt to the fermented batter
- Heat the appam chatti and pour the batter
- Hold the appam chatti with both hands and swirl the batter around once then cover and cook until the center is cooked.
- Serve hot with vegetable /meat stew or egg roast.
- Serve immediately for best results.
- In case you are making your appam during the cooler months, you notice that fermentation is slow, pre-heat the oven to 100F and switch it off. Place the appam batter in an oven proof dish in the oven. Do not forget to switch off the oven before placing the batter inside the oven.
- Make sure your dish is large else the batter might ferment and rise, spilling over the edges.
- I use Thai Kitchen-Lite coconut milk.
- You can substitute canned coconut milk with fresh coconut milk. Fresh is always better.
- Always check the expiry date on the yeast package.
- Always store yeast in a refrigerator.
- Recipe edited on Feb 13-2016