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5 from 2 votes
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
  • 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
  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!