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Kerala Style Appam (Rice and coconut pancake)

Easy, soft and fluffy Appam made with fermented rice and coconut batter. It's the best served with chicken/mutton/vegetable stew or fish molly.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine kerala
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 serving
Author Jane Jojo


  • 1 1/4 cups Pachari Rice / Idly
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup Red Boiled Rice (Cooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Wash the rice well for 2-3 times in running water. Soak rice in water for about 6-8 hours.
  2. Grind together rice, grated coconut and cooked red boiled rice in a mixer/blender in multiple batches. Use the water used for soaking rice and use extra water as needed to grind.
  3. Add yeast to the batter and mix well. I used Rapid Rise/Instant yeast. Refer Notes for more details.
  4. Cover the batter bowl with a lid and let it rest in a warm area overnight to ferment/to rise. It will take around 8-9 hours to ferment. The batter would have doubled and foamy after fermentation. In California weather, I keep the batter bowl inside the oven with lights on. Believe me, it helps to ferment.

  5. Add sugar and salt. Adjust the quantity as per your taste. Mix well. You can store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days and use when required.
  6. Heat the appam pan/appam chatti. Pour a ladleful of batter and swirl the pan. It should be slightly thick in the centre, thin and lacy over the sides. Cover and cook. It will take around 3 minutes. Centre should be cooked and the sides should be slightly brown. Remove it with the help of a spatula.
  7. Serve it hot with vegetable/chicken/mutton stew or fish molly. Enjoy :)

Recipe Notes


  1. Pachari is the rice most commonly used to make the Appam batter. If you cannot find it, you can use idly/sonamasoori/any other long grain rice.
  2. I have found Rapid Rise yeast very useful. I use the brand fleischmann's. It's an instant yeast and no need to hydrate in water.
  3. If you are using an Active Dry yeast, dissolve 1 teaspoon yeast in 1-2 tablespoon lukewarm water and then add to the batter.
  4. Cooked red boiled rice or white boiled rice gives the best results. It makes the Appam very soft and fluffy.
  5. Traditional Appam is made in Appam pan/Appam chatti. If you don't have one, use a flat non-stick pan.