Kerala Appam / Pal-Appam (Milk Appam)


Appam or Palappam is my favorite South-Indian breakfast. Appam is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and milk. Some people like to have it with just sugar. I like to have it with stew or egg curry. You can even eat it just by itself. Doesn’t matter because it is that good.

Mom was making appam the other day and I just asked her the recipe out of curiosity. I never thought making appam was so easy.

Makes about 8-10

White Rice (uncooked) – 1 cup
Brown rice (uncooked) – 2 tbsp

Milk – as required
Yeast – 0.5 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp + 3-5 tbsp
Salt – according to taste
Step 1: Soak the white rice and brown rice in water, for a minimum of 5 hours.

Step 2: Wash, rinse and strain the rice. Add this rice to a blender. Pour milk up to the level of rice in your blender. Blend along with yeast and 1 tsp of sugar. Adjust the thickness with more milk if required.

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Let the batter rest overnight. This allows it time to ferment.
Now, adjust the salt and sugar. Add salt according to taste. Add about 3-5 tbsp of sugar, again, according to taste.

Step 3: Heat a curved non-stick pan. Pour about half a cup of batter to make each appam.


Step 4: Hold the handles and spin the batter around the pan. Cover and cook until done.




Note: If you don’t have the kind of pan to make pal-appam, you can make it make on a regular pan, and it would like this.




Honey Oat Cookies


Makes about 15 cookies

Oats – 3/4 cup
Wheat Flour – 1/2 cup
Cinnamon – 1 pinch
Nutmeg – 1 pinch
Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Honey – 2 tbsp
Butter – 4 tbsp
Milk – upto 4 tbsp (optional)

Step 1: In a bowl, mix the sugar, honey and butter.

Step 2: Add in the dry ingredients and make a soft dough out of it. You could add upto 4 tbsp of milk, in case the dough isn’t holding well.

Step 3: Roll into tiny balls using your palms and press flat to form the cookie shape.

Step 4: Bake for about 15 minutes or until done.

Microwave Pita Pizza in 5 minutes

Anyone who knows to cook, always wants to try and make restaurant stuff at home in their very own healthier and tastier way. I’ve got this undying love for pizza, but the fact that it is cheese &  carb-loaded made me want to try a healthier version of it, using wheat pita, lesser cheese and zero-oil. 😀

The list of ingredients below calls for a non-veg topping of your choice, if required. I usually go for chicken, sausages or tuna, but you could use any kind of meat. When I have a lot of left-over chicken curry, so I shred the chicken and use. Here, I’ve used tuna.

Pita Pizza can be made at home in a microwave within a total of 5 minutes. Beat that! 😀

Serves: 1

Pita Bread -1
Tomato Paste – 1 tbsp
Tuna – 4 tbsp                          //Any non-veg topping of your choice (optional)
Chopped Capsicum – 1 handful
Chopped Onion – a handful
Jalapeño – 1 (chopped)
Black Olives – 2 (chopped)
Mozzarella Cheese – as required
Oregano/Chili flakes or Salt/Pepper – according to taste

Step 1: Place the pita bread on a microwavable plate. Spread tomato paste over it.

Step 2: Top the pita with veggies, tuna, olives & jalapenos. Sprinkle mozzarella, oregano/chili flakes or salt/pepper  according to taste.

Step 3: Microwave for a minute or two, until the cheese melts. Enjoy hot.



By ‘healthy’, all I am referring to, is the switch from the pizza crust to a healthier pita bread. Those of you who are against microwave-ing, could bake the same until the cheese melts.