Appam – Rice Pancakes Recipe

20 Feb

The origin of this recipe is from Kerala and is traditionally eaten with Meat Curry similar to the Goan Xacuti Curry. Making this recipe made me realize that it can be used to make the famous Goan Steamed Rice Cakes called Sanna (Sannam) with the addition of grated coconut to the batter specially when coconut toddy is not readily available. This will be my next project to make. It is gluten-free and kid friendly.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-sannamAs my mother in law is visiting us from Goa and she being from Kerala I have found some similarities between the Goan and Keralite cuisine. If you are a Keralite then probably you may judge me by the picture of my Appam or Rice Pancakes that it does not look like the real thing as Appam is made in a shallow wok and has a much lacy texture than mine. That is why I choose to name this recipe Rice Pancakes.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-goanMy husband and I are constantly looking to replace our overload on gluten foods with alternatives and this is our new find for breakfast this week. I have been enjoying it with my leftover Fish Curry. The pancakes are so airy and moist they absorb curries really well. In India overall breakfasts are savory than here in the US. And so I want to go back to my roots and have my kids start their day with a savory breakfast rather than cereals, pancakes and sweet breads.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-meat-curryYou will need a 1.5 days before you can make these pancake. Overnite to soak the rice and the following day to let the batter ferment and rise with yeast.

Serving Size: 12-15 Pancakes 6″


2 Cup of overnight soaked raw rice

1 can of coconut milk

3/4 cups of cooked white rice

1/2 cup of water

1 tsp of sugar

1 tsp of dry yeast

salt to taste


In a grinder or mixer, grind to a paste soaked raw rice, cooked rice, coconut milk and water.

Add sugar, yeast to 3 tbsp of warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.

Now mix both the above mixtures and let stand overnight till the batter rises and ferments.

The mixture should be very similar to a pancake mixture. Not too thick.

In a nonstick pan spoon some batter cover and cook for 3-4 minutes till done.


Enjoy it with Curries or with Sweeten Milk. You can refrigerate the leftover batter for a day or two.

If you are adventurous  you can make alternative combinations.

1. Add chopped onion, tomatoes, green chilli and cilantro to the batter.

2. Once the pancakes are done shave some jaggery to make a sweet pancakes.


109 Responses to “Appam – Rice Pancakes Recipe”

  1. Graham Stephen May 16, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    These sound interesting, Nandini. I will need to try them some time. Good that they are gluten free too, so my wife can enjoy them as well.

    • Nandini May 16, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      That will be awesome Graham. Yes you can make it gluten free. Let me know how you both liked it when you make it 🙂

  2. Linda Creation June 7, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Can’t have right now frm. Cell hpe progame launch soon for all blogger to hve drooling share.
    will try dis Pancake in ur innovation Nadu

  3. Swathi September 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    I love appam with stew… Lovely blog… Keep sharing

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Thank You Swathi. That is very kind of you to say 🙂

  4. Julie December 21, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    I need to pin and try these!

    • Nandini December 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank You Julie 🙂

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