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Paalappam or Hoppers is one of the popular breakfast items of Kerala. Traditionally, ground rice was fermented using toddy,but nowadays yeast is mainly used for fermentation. Appam goes with all types of stews, egg curry, black chickpeas curry, etc. Here is the recipe of Paalappam which is very soft and delicious. I personally prefer appam as breakfast for all the occasions in my home. Please do try out the recipe for your breakfast also.


  • Raw rice – 2 cup
  • Grated coconut- 1 1/2 cup
  • Boiled rice – 1 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tspn
  • Yeast – 1 tspn
  • Semolina/Rava – 2 tbsp

Method of preparation:

  • Wash and soak the Raw rice for 3 hours
  • After 3 hours,add enough water and grind the raw rice to a fine batter
  • Transfer the batter to a large bowl
  • Grind Boiled rice and coconut also along with some water
  • Add it to the batter
  • Take a pan,add 2 tbsp of rava to 1/4 cup of water and boil.This is called kappi.
  • Stir the kappi continuously in low flame until it thickens
  • After the kappi gets cooled,add it to the batter bowl
  • Then add salt,sugar and yeast to it
  • Mix everything using a spoon
  • The consistency should be thinner than dosa batter,so add water accordingly
  • Close the bowl with a lid overnight,so that the batter rises
  • Once the batter is rised,take a nonstick appam pan and heat it
  • Add 1 ladle of batter in the centre and rotate the pan by holding both sides
  • In medium flame,close the lid for 1 minute
  • Appam is ready
  • Taste the appam and add extra sugar/salt as per your taste
  • Similarly,make the remaining Paalappams.
Rava Upma

Rava Upma

Upma is a popular and common breakfast recipe from South India. This recipe is made using roasted rava, salt and water as the main ingredient. This is an easy breakfast and takes only less than 15 minutes. So, if you are in a hurry burry or woke up late by chance,you can easily go for this breakfast for your family. Even the Bachelors can try it as it is very easy to prepare.

Rava upma

First let’s see the ingredients for this preparation.

Ingredients :

  • Roasted Rava/Semolina- 1 cup
  • Finely chopped Onion – 1
  • Grated carrot – 1
  • Green chilli finely chopped – 1
  • Chopped ginger – 2 tspn
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbspn
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tspn
  • Urad dal – 2 tspn
  • Bengal gram – 1 tspn
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Hot water – 3 cups
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbspn
  • Ghee – 1 tspn

Method of preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Sputter Mustard seeds,urad dal and
  • Add onion,carrot,green chilli,curry leaves and ginger
  • Saute well till the onion becomes translucent
  • Add salt,grated coconut and saute for 1 minute
  • Add 3 cups of hot water
  • Allow it to boil
  • Taste and adjust the salt as per your taste
  • Add the roasted rava to the boiling water,make sure the flame is medium
  • Mix well and close the pan and cook for 2 minutes
  • Add ghee to it and mix well
  • Open the pan and transfer the upma to serving plates
  • Garnish our delicious upma with curry leaves.

NB :

  • Give care while adding salt
  • Flame should be medium while adding roasted rava
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