The preparation of making Appams- south indian dish is like making a dosa batter and needs some prep work before hand. Appams are served with vegetable stew, chickpea curry, vegetable korma, coconut chutney or sweetened milk.
2 cups regular rice (sona masoori, basmati, kolam or any variety)
1 cup parboiled rice or boiled rice or idli rice
a fistful of aval (parched rice) or cooked rice
1 or 1.5 cups grated coconut or 1 cup thick coconut milk
½ tsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt or add as required
water or as required for grinding
oil as required
1. rinse both the rice varieties together for a couple of times.
2. soak both the regular rice, parboiled rice in water for 4 to 5 hours.
3. drain and then add them to the grinder. also add the grated coconut, cooked rice or poha/aval, dry active yeast, salt and sugar.
4. you can also proof the yeast separately and then add. just take about 2 to 3 tbsp warm water. add a pinch of sugar and dissolve it. then add the yeast and stir. let this solution sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 mins till it becomes bubbly and frothy.
5. add required amount of water and grind all the ingredients to a smooth flowing batter
6. pour the batter in a large bowl or pan. cover and keep aside for fermenting for 8 to 12 hours, depending on the temperature conditions.
7. the batter will rise and increase in volume the next day.
8. heat a kadai or an appam pan with handles. smear some oil on the kadai. if using non stick kadai, then skip smearing the oil.
9. spread a ladle full of the batter. turn and tilt the pan so as to spread the batter.
10. cover the pan and let the appam cook. the base would become nicely light golden.
11. make all appams this way.
serve the appams hot with vegetable stew !