Collecting Food props and kitchen equipment is an insatiable activity specially for food bloggers. I am no different. Despite being  slow (yet steady) in posting recipes, I have never missed a chance to collect food props, equipment and gadgets whenever possible. I have been blogging for four and a half years now and I have quite a decent collection of  props that of which I have not yet put to use many and hope to do so one at a time in the future. Of all the props that I have, I am specially attached to the copper (I have a few more apart from the one seen in the picture) and my brass props that I tend to use frequently for  recipes with a traditional touch. It adds a lot of value during presentation and also can do as stand alone props. 

Coming to the recipe today .... It is again a simple yet easy snack/ sweet that can be prepared quickly. The main ingredient is broken wheat. I have broken the norm here as the most commonly made recipe with the above is Upma. This was more like a trial that succeeded in the first go. The Appams were moist with pillow soft interiors and vanished on the same day. Makes a great tea time snack for any age and a nice post school or mid morning break snack for kids. Read on for the recipe.
Preparation time: 20 min ( includes soaking time)
Cooking time: 20 min
Category: Snack/ Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Spice level: Sweet
Difficulty level: Easy
Source: MIL
Yields: 15 -20 nos
Nutrition Facts
Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g2 %
Saturated Fat 1 g4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0 %
Sodium 16 mg1 %
Potassium 0 mg0 %
Total Carbohydrate 8 g3 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g0 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 1 g2 %
Vitamin A0 %
Vitamin C0 %
Calcium0 %
Iron0 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
  • 1 cup Broken Wheat Semolina
  • 1/2 cup pounded Jaggery/ Palm Jaggery/ Sugar
  • 1 small ripened mashed Banana (optional)
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of cooking soda
  • 20 ml Oil and Ghee mixture for cooking
  • Wash, rinse and soak broken wheat in water just enough to submerge it. Set aside for 20 mins.
  • Once done, grind this to a smooth paste along with pounded jaggery and grated coconut.
  • Add mashed banana, if used, followed by salt, cardamom powder and cooking soda.
  • Mix well to incorporate. The consistency should be slightly thicker than that of Idly batter
  • Heat an Appe pan on low flame. Add 1/2 tsp oil/ ghee oil mixture into each depression. When hot spoon out batter into each and cook on low flame.
  • When done, flip and cook the other side and drain on paper towel. 
  • Serve warm.
  • Bananas are totally optional. 
  • Adding cashew nut bits gives a nice mouth feel when you bite into. Again this is also optional. 
  • If you use desiccated coconut instead of fresh, then these Appams stay fresh for up to three days. If not you can store it until the next day.
  • The base recipe can also be used for making savoury versions. Just add salt, chopped ginger, green chillies, coriander and curry leaves. Temper with mustard seeds, asafoetida and proceed to make Appams the same way.


  1. This is quite similar to the uniyappam that is made in Kerala using rice. No one can resist this snack!

  2. I was just thinking how to finish off my packet of broken wheat other than payasam and upma..Thanks dear,love to make this soon..looks delicious :)

    1. Hey Julie. Its a nice alternative to the regular Upma. Do try.

  3. Stunning visual as usual and appam is cracking my hunger now.

  4. Just look at those kuzhiyappams!!! I would love to have a few with my tea! I totally am with you with regards to props... it is never enough!


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