Friday, 12 April 2013

Vellam Appam/Jaggery Pancake

Pancakes are one of the most versatile food. Found in almost all cultures and their cuisines, pancakes are both sweet and savoury. Eaten mostly at breakfast, pancakes are a rage worldwide and are considered a quick and easy option. It is amazing to see the variety of pancakes, with unique regional grains, fillings and toppings.
Vellam Appam/Jaggery Pancake is traditional to South India. It is somewhat similar to the 'Meetha Pooda' eaten in Punjab where the batter is made from whole wheat flour and jaggery. Food truly is the common thread among all cultures!!
This month SNC challenge for the month was suggested by Shama nagarajan who blogs from Shama's easy 2 cook recipes. I adapted the recipe and made some changes to suit my palate.

Ingredients: For 4 medium sized 

  • 2 tbsp boiled rice(Note: this does not mean rice which is boiled. It is a variety of rice you will get in stores selling South Indian groceries. Use normal rice if you cannot get this variety)
  • 2 tbsp rice
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • Jaggery-lemon sized
  • 1/2 tsp fennel/saunf powder


Wash and soak both kinds of rice and urad dal for 2 hours.
Grind to a smooth paste using little water.
Take jaggery in a pan and dissolve in some water on medium flame till the mixture becomes thick.
Cool and add this syrup to the ground rice and dal mixture. Add fennel/saunf powder.
Heat a non stick deep pan/kadhai. Pour a small ladle of this mixture and spread it by moving the vessel. 
Add a spoonful of oil and let it cook on low flame,covered with a lid.
Let it cook till golden brown in colour, turn and cook the other side too. 
Remove and serve while it is hot and crispy!!

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Happy Pancake eating


  1. perfectly make appam dear :) looks super delicious :) i have too try yet ..

  2. Looks lovely dear :) Love pancakes :)

  3. should make this for my dad when i will be in india. he loves sweet dishes.

  4. it looks so yummy.Love these pancakes.

  5. very healthy appam dear,yummy!!

  6. looks delicious n inviting...

  7. well done Amrita.crispy and perfect and nice click

  8. Looks super delicious Amrita :) I havent tried with jaggery must give a try... :)

  9. this is awesome amrita
    u made with just two tbsp

    and it has come out very good ur velu appam hha haha
    btw that quote is perfect

  10. yummy and delicious appam. Perfectly made it dear.

    today's post:

  11. One of my favourite appam,can have it anytime..

  12. I have a big sweet tooth, I would love to have a few of these!

  13. You are right Amrita, food is indeed the common thread amongt all cultures. In Kumaon, similar pancakes are made with atta, milk, jaggery and fennel seeds called "Gur ka Cheela". Your pancake looks perfect. Golden and crisp.

  14. I have never had this, i must try it...

  15. Lovely very well made love the perfection.



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