At the Toddy Shop, we oftenly get a variety of visitors from different parts of India as well as from the world. Most of the Indians know about Appam but for others, it is even difficult to pronounce the word – preparing and tasting is an all together a different thing. Although, English is a great language, there is no correct word to describe the appam as a type of pancake. It looks like a pancake but isn’t exactly one.
The preparation of appam is even simpler than the Puttu (comparison is based on both being a pancake style looking dish and both origins from Kerala). This pancake dish is prepared differently in different areas. Some prefer to have coconut milk layer while some use dairy milk. But we offer the authentic coconut milk (Kerala Style) appam.
What is an Appam?
Appam is basically a south Indian dish that looks similar to a pancake. The most basic ingredients used to prepare an appam is fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is a common breakfast dish in Tamil Nadu and Kerala along with being popularly eaten at Sri Lanka. It has both sweet and savory varieties but mostly it is prepared as a savory dish. The savory dish can be eaten in breakfast as well as for dinner. The centre of appam has either creamy, coconut milk or fried eggs.
What are the Types of Appam?
The types of appam differ in terms of taste and making styles. You can prepare vegetarian as well as egg-based appams. The base of all the types is same, but the ingredients kept in between differ as the type of appam differs. Here are the types of appam.
The plain appam is made from fermented rice flour and so, are super thin round pancakes. The plain appam is cooked in a small appachatti, hence it takes up its shape. This dish does not as such have any taste – so, when served along with a condiment that is spicy, it tastes even better. You just need to have rice flour, sugar (very little) and yeast. This mixture is kept untouched for several hours after which they are fried with a little amount of oil in the appachatti.
This tasty pancake is also made of rice but, here, you need rice noodles that is curled and made flat spirals. This one too doesn’t have much of a taste but its curled flat noodles give it a fresh and different taste altogether. You can have this savory dish with different curries or with Sodhi – which is a kind of coconut milk that tastes the best with the Idiyappam. Like pasta, the Idiyappam are also brought to boil with salt. They are also known as hoppers which you will be able to find ready made at grocery shops.
These are super popular in Kerala and has originated from there. It is a signature food for Christians. It is simply made up of rice flour, jaggery and butter or ghee. This one is also known as Unni Appam in different regions of India. They do have a sweet taste which is different as compared to the plain appam and Idiyappam.
The above three are the most popular types of appam at the Toddy shop. People particularly come from longer distance to taste these delicious dishes. There are more types of appam that people love to have like the egg appam, achappam, kuzhalappam and many more. You can try them out too, they are tasty too. You can also try out making mutta pathiri and chatti pathiri at home with our recipe.