Wednesday 24 December 2014

Appe from Readymade Idli Batter

Appe as it is called in Maharashtrian or Konkani language, this is a popular breakfast recipe is South India known as Paddu. They are made of various ingredients - Sometimes with rice, sometimes adding Poha, and at times only with lentils (majorly Urad daal). 

These days, we get readymade Dosa/Idli batter in the market. I have sourced one amazing south indian guy who makes this fresh and sells it near to our home. So, one packet of this in fridge and i can make varied breakfast of idli, dosa, uttapas and at times Appe. My aunt gifted me this special "Appe Tava" that is required to make these. It is a non-stick tava, so naturally makes for a healthy breakfast with less oil. You can make it with no oil too, but i prefer brushing a little oil, just to get a nice brown colour and also to make sure the batter doesn't stick to the tava (as the batter varies from place to place).


Idli batter - as required 
French beans - a few (chopped finely)
Onions - Half for about 1/4 kg batter (chopped finely)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - little
Corriander leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Oil - to brush the tava

You can also add pepper for a different taste and replace/add vegetables of your choice like cauliflower, carrots or even peas.


In the appe tava, brush little oil and place it on the stove.

Mix turmeric powder, salt, beans, onions, corriander leaves with the dosa batter and add little water if the batter is too thick. Don't make it too thin like a dosa batter. It should just have the consistency to pour easily.

Once the tava is hot, put small amounts in each mould (about a spoonful), cover the tava with a lid and let it steam-cook till the outer sides become brown. 

Now turn over the appe's, so the other side is cooked. This time don't cover the tava.

Serve hot along with coconut chutney or tastes great with any chutney :)

Happy Cooking!!! :)


  1. Over here too we get the ready made flour mixture - one which saves our time and that we can add other ingredients for a nice dish. I see what you have done with the batter - very inventive for the superb appam.

    1. Thank you so much dear, i would love to know what all additions you do too :)

  2. this is quite new to me... A healthy breakfast option to be sure..
    First time here.. Happy to follow you :)

    1. Thanks a lot, I will check your space too :)

  3. Nice one...I always make with leftover idly batter..including veggies is a healthy option!!


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