Vella Appam Recipe


  • 2 cups of white rice
  • Half a coconut
  • 1 table spoon of yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 table spoon of partially ground, cooked rice 


  • Soak the washed rice for 3 to 4 hours, Wash and drain.
  • Grind the soaked rice in a blender with just enough water so that the ground material will be thick.
  • In the early stages of grinding take out about two table spoon of the partially ground rice and keep it apart for cooking and later mixing.(This will be called KURUKKU).
  • Mix separately 1 teaspoonful of yeast, quarter cup of luke warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar and allow the mixture to rise.
  • Grind the coconut to a milky emulsion. Mix your ground rice, ‘Kurukku’ the yeast mixture and ground coconut
  • Allow the mixture to ferment for about 6 hours. Add sugar and salt as your taste.
  • You can add a little coconut milk to adjust the consistency.
  • Now put the mixture in a warm oven for 2 hours just before you make the Appams
  • After it rises do not stir. Use a cast iron pan and use the same technique that one uses for pancakes.

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