March 2022 - Recipe of the month - Velleppam

Recipe & Photograph by: Dhanya Panamgatti


The Velleppam is thin and crispy around the edges with soft and fluffy middle.

This Kerala breakfast delicacy can be enjoyed with several veg or non-veg side dishes, especially stews, and is a perfectly satisfying start to your day.


  • Rice flour 2 cups
  • Extra 2 tbsp Rice flour for cooking (കുറുക്കൽ/കപ്പി കാച്ചൽ)
  • Water 1 cup
  • Coconut milk 2 cups
  • Coconut water 1 cup
  • Sugar 4 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Yeast 1 tsp


  • Add a cup of water to a small saucepan. 
  • Add 2 tbsp of rice flour to the water once it comes to a boil. 
  • Stir until the mix turns into a thick paste.
  • Turn off the heat and keep it aside.
  • Add 2 cups rice flour, coconut milk, cocunut water, sugar, salt and yeast to the rice flour paste once it cools. 
  • Grind the mix well in an electric mixer. 
  • Keep this batter aside for 6 hours or overnight in order for it to ferment.
  • The appam batter is now ready for the appam pan.
  • Heat your appam pan over med-hi flame and pour the batter in the middle of the pan when the pan gets hot to the touch. 
  • Rotate the pan by its handles to spread the batter around. 
  • You get a thick middle and a thin edge for the appam this way. 
  • Close the pan with its lid and and cook for 4 minutes. 
  • Take the lid off and transfer the fluffy appam adorned with a crispy golden lace with a spatula.

Bon appetit

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