Monday, September 8, 2008

Sweet Appams

For Krishna-jayanthi this year, I decided to make these appams as neivedhyam (offering) for God. When I made this once before I ground the soaked rice a bit coarse and I'm not sure if that's the reason but the appams weren't all that soft. This time my mom suggested that I grind it very smooth and also add the banana, coconut & jaggery during the grinding process instead of after and let it rest for a while to get soft appams - it worked and it was delicious. I hope Krishna was happy too.

SWEET APPAMS (makes 30)


Ingredients:

Raw Rice (Pacharisi) - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup, powdered
Banana - 1 large ripe, mashed
Coconut - 3 tbsp, shredded
Dried Ginger (Sukku) - 3 pinches, powdered (optional)
Cardamom (Elaichi) - 2 or 3, powdered finely (with some sugar, so it's easier to grind)
Coconut bits - 1 tbsp, fried in a drop of ghee till golden (optional)
Ghee - little

Method:
1) Soak rice in water for an hour or two. Drain and grind to a smooth paste with as little water as possible (I used the small jar of the mixie and got a reasonably smooth, thick paste)

2) When the rice is smooth, add the coconut, mashed banana and powdered jaggery and let it spin for a while more in the mixie until well combined.

3) Stir in the sukku, coconut bits (if using) and the cardamom powder and let it rest for atleast 4 hours.. mine was out for about 6 hours. [It's soft with this resting time]

4) Heat an appam pan (the one used to make kuzhipaniyaarams) on medium. When hot, add a tiny drop of ghee in each mould (since I use a non-stick pan, otherwise you may require more than just a drop) .

5) Spoon the batter into the moulds, cover and allow to cook till the edges are set and the middle is still a bit gooey - flip over.. I use the wooden stick with the pan but have often used a chopstick and it works just as well. Allow this to cook for a few more minutes till cooked through. Remove from the stove and proceed with the next batch.

37 comments:

  1. I too made it the same way for janmashtami,but mine did not look as good as yours....though I love its taste...addition of banana sounds good!!

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  2. Looks perfect! I like sweet paniyarams!

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  3. Sweet Appams look delicious and inviting......Addition of banana sounds good and new!!

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  4. Comes out perfect Lavanya..I too make the same way.

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  5. Hey My malyali friend used to bring these specially around onam .Those were bit darker in colour and bit sticky.And i never knew that it was made from rice
    Oh so good college days.....since my group consisted of guys and girls all from different communities,i enjoyed dishes from various cuisine,but unfortunately didnt noted down recipes.If i wud have known that i wud be in blogosphere in future i wud have collected their recipes
    Thanks for making me walk down the memory lane

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  6. I made a banana nut cupcake with similar ingredients when my parents were here, and if not for the shape it tasted just like appams. I love these..

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  7. Sweet paniyaram we call it :) Looks tasty those appams !

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  8. Hey i am just feeling the sweet aroma that paniyarams make,i do have a paniyara chatti,i'll try it soon,bananas...OMG yummyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  9. These look delicious. We made these for Chaturthi, thats when we make them.I dont add banana to my version, i like them minus that.

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  10. They have puffed up beautifully... I dont have the appam maker... :(
    Feasting with my eyes will have to suffice for now.

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  11. i make the normal ones, never tried the sweet appams.. i am getting tempted to try out these..

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  12. luv them but i dont have the vessel here .....

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  13. They sound delicious! I find the use of sukku in this v interesting!

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  14. Adding sukku to the paniyaram sounds nice.. my mom adds this for adhirasams.appams look lovely.

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  15. i just lov those...but i dont have that appam chatti...i wish right now, y not v r neighbours? :(

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  16. They look delicious! I have never had sweet appams before...i am sure my hubby would love them :)

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  17. laavanya-

    good ones..your aapams look so much nicer than the ones I made.

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  18. Looks perfect,I use bananas in my appam too,they really help.
    There is a surprise for you at my blog,please check it out :)

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  19. Hi Sowmya... Thanks. I was thinking that mine was too light because of the jaggery I used. Bananas make it nice and soft.

    Thank you Raks & Sireesha. Do try with bananas Sireesha.

    Thank you Kamala & Divya.

    Alka, I've had those too and they are much darker and deep fried in ghee (in the aapam pan itself) - yummy but probably similar I think.

    Priya, that sounds pretty interesting. This is a nice combination.

    Cham, true.. I make sweet paniyarams similarly as well. But use the aapam batter which has some urad dhal in it.

    Thank you mrs. Kannan, hope you do give it a shot :)

    Seema, yes.. I remember seeing the appos on your blog.

    Divya, thanks.

    Anjali, these are yummy - do give it a shot.

    Sangeeth, oh that's a pity.

    Sra, I am a big ginger fan so I tried adding some sukku to this. Couldn't detect it much though in the end product.

    Thank you prema, just something I tried.

    Suma, oh I would love for you to be my neighbour and would've definitely shared the appam pan, or better still the aapams :)

    Thank you dear Tee.

    Mitr, you are just being kind :) Am sure yours was just as good, if not better.

    Thank you Usha, I definitely will check it out.

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  20. Ahhhh, Mom's... They are too amazing! How they can solve every problem is beyond me... I wonder if my daughter sees me that way, sometimes. The Appams look delicious :)

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  21. sweet appams look deleciousss lavanya

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    Congrats.
    Happy blogging

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  23. This is my fav though nevr prepared it

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  24. i love it and i have bought appa pan from my recent trip to India and made banana appams. urs look absolutely delicious lav:)

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  25. hey laav, how hv u been? appe's look yummy, i make them using sooji :)

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  26. You are truly blessed to have the appam-kuzhi :) we are struggling to find one here :( the appams look delightful!

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  27. perfect Laavanya. this is very tempting. I never made this so far. will try once for sure.

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  28. i love appams hot...when they are lukewarm..the magic is lost. and i also like it soaking in ghee...so no non-stick for me :D

    Rajitha

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  29. ooh.. paniyarams! I make the same one with karupatti instead of vellam.. Its been a while making them though.. Yours looks absolutely delicious Laavanya! I'm sure Krishna would have been more than happy :)

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  30. i love those appams but never got to try those here.....i dont have that appam pan.where can i get that??????

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  31. yum, they look so mouth-watering Laavanya!

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  32. Hi Laavanya, how r doin' ??? I am back :))

    Appams look cutee and delicious !!!

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  33. looks perfect..love appams when banana is added to it!!

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  34. wow! delicious aapams! come and join in the chicken event going in my blog!

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  35. Sweet Appams....oh yeah

    tried it. It was 2 good. Easy to make & hey I enjoyed making them 2!!

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  36. In fact instead of rice you can use Atta. The dough can be prepared in very less time.

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