Vellappam – Rice Pancakes

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This pancake goes by many names “Vellappam”,” Appam”, “Palappam” and so on .Growing up,  we called it “Vellappam” at my home . It probably got it’s name due to the white color of the pancake ,”vella” translates to white in my native language and “appam” is pancake . These pancakes are made out of fermented rice batter by grinding soaked rice,  cooked rice, grated coconut and yeast .In earlier days, they usually used palm toddy instead of yeast for fermentation.

This pancake is usually made in a pan which  resembles a small flat wok called “appachatti” and I have a picture below if you are interested. A ladle full of  fermented batter is poured in the center .The pan with the batter is turned  around in a full circle to get it’s unique shape. It is then covered with a lid and cooked till done.The appam is fluffy in the center and crisp around the edges with many pores .It appears almost like a laced “dosa”. This is usually had as breakfast , but can be a good dinner as well. It best goes with vegetable or chicken stew curry, egg curry or even simply with sweetened freshly squeezed coconut milk .Read on for the instructions on how to make it .Enjoy!

Vellappam or Appam (Rice Pancake)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Rice Pancake made with fermented rice batter by grinding soaked rice,cooked rice ,grated coconut and yeast.

Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, kerala, south Indian
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rice soaked in water
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 tsp yeast soaked in luke warm water
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak 2 cups of rice in enough water for about 6 hours

  2. Grind the soaked rice with little water

  3. Add the grated coconut , cooked rice and continue to grind till you get a smooth batter

  4. Add yeast to luke warm water with the sugar dissolved in it.

  5. Add salt to taste.

  6. Keep in a warm place and wait for the batter to ferment.

  7. After about 4 to 6 hours (depending on the humidity of the place you live in) the batter would have risen up. 

  8. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator to use later.

  9. To make the pancake, heat up the Vellapam pan.

  10. Pour a ladle of batter in the center.

  11. Turn around the pan in a full circle so that it gets it's unique shape.

  12. Reduce heat ,cover with a lid and cook until done.

  13. The appam will have a fluffy center with many pores and a crispy edge around it.

  14. Serve with stew or egg curry or coconut milk. Enjoy!

Rice pan cake

Vellappam Rice Pancake

vellpam pan

The flat rounded wok like pan to make vellappam

Vellpam with Egg curry

Vellapam is a great combination with Egg curry

rice pancake

Vellapam – Rice Pancakes

rice pancake

A delicious breakfast made with fermented rice batter

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Lace n Plaid
    May 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I loved this so much as a child! Thanks for posting!

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      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      That’s wonderful to know that you have had it! Thank you for stopping by!

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        Lace n Plaid
        May 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

        Yes, I used to have it more as a dessert with sweetened coconut milk. Thanks for bringing back sweet memories.

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          InspiresNish
          May 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

          I love that combination as well , am so glad it brought back sweet memories 🙂

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    Dippy Dotty Girl
    May 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    You know, nothing better than an appam and stew for a meal. I have been wondering about how to make them and getting that particular wok. I shall have to try your recipe. Looks fabulous and perfect! xx

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      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Dippy, nice to hear from you!The Vellappam stew/egg curry combination is very popular especially at get-togethers or occasions back in my home town. The wok should be available online or even in Indian groceries.It’s very easy to make once you have that and hope you try it sometime 🙂

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        Dippy Dotty Girl
        May 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm

        I will have to 🙂 I love appams. It is healthy too. xx

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          InspiresNish
          May 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

          Lovely to hear that, yes it does not use much oil and fills you up quickly so healthy indeed 🙂

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    Megala
    May 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Love this beautiful spongy appam, thanks for sharing the recipe !

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Megala, it is spongy in the center and the pores soak up all the curry making it even tastier!

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    Invisibly Me
    May 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve never had rice pancakes, but they look so delicate. Will have to give them a go as they look simple enough for even me (disaster in the kitchen) to try. x

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      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      They taste good , the process of soaking, grinding and fermenting may sound like a bit of work. I know it took me a while to make it myself when I moved out of home and I had the excuse of not having a pan in the beginning :). But once I figured it and got good results, there was no looking back 🙂

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    The Karavali Wok
    May 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Such spongy and perfect vellappams 😋 Will try them soon!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you Smitha, I’m sure you will love this dish!

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    F for Flavour
    May 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    This is my Hubby’s favourite.. He loves to have it with coconut milk..

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Yes indeed coconut milk is a great combination. Glad to hear and Thank you for stopping by!

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    jenniferguerrero1
    May 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Gah! They’re so pretty! 😀

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks a lot for the lovely comment and stopping by!

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    PlantsandBeyond
    May 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Or blini in our language ;))) looks amazing💐

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Ah! I see that’s nice to know .Thank you for the lovely comment!

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    iScriblr
    May 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Wow.. A beautiful spongy appam! Love it! 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 3, 2018 at 12:02 am

      Thank you so much , it was indeed spongy .

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    authenticsimplifiedrecipes
    May 3, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Looks amazing!!!….though I too make these and is relished by all my family…courtsey one of my friend from kerala 😃

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      May 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Wonderful to know that you got introduced to it by your Keralite friend and that you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by and the comments.

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    a mindful traveler
    May 3, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Oh I love these, we call them hoppers. Just delicious dipped with curry. They look great Nisha. Also I have participated in the Quote challenge. Thanks again for the nomination my friend. Check it out here. Xx
    https://amindfultraveler.com/2018/05/02/three-day-quote-challenge-day-1/

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      InspiresNish
      May 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you dear Lorelle , absolutely right dipped in curry it’s just awesome . Happy to hear you participated in the quote challenge tag and I loved your post 🙂

  • Reply
    joshi daniel
    May 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    That looks yummy 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 3, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Joshi, appreciate your comments!

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    Neetha
    May 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    The appam looks mouth watering. I have had it with sweet coconut milk/korma, egg curry sounds amazing with it too .. Beautiful pics

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Neetha, they are all excellent combinations .I love them all 🙂

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    indianeskitchen
    May 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Wow I have never heard of this before and it sounds and looks amazing!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you Diane, I’m pretty sure you will like it it’s almost like a soft bread or pancake !

  • Reply
    Ramyarecipes
    May 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Lovely texture and Clicks 😍

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    Vidya Narayan
    May 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    This visual treat for any south indian is amazing! Perfectly made and I bet it tasted super delicious.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      May 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Yes indeed seeing a fluffy and crispy appam with those nice pores is a pride for any south Indian I guess 🙂 especially for a foodie like me LoL .Thank you Vidya!

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        Vidya Narayan
        May 14, 2018 at 4:52 am

        Oh absolutely true.. we foodies live for such golden moments of pleasure. My pleasure dear.

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