How to make Palappam

Kerala Appam is made by fermenting rice and coconut mixture. It is a common food in Kerala households. It is served for breakfast with chutney/coconut milk or for dinner with Kerala style chicken curry.


1 cup Rice
½ cup flattened rice (poha)
½ cup grated fresh coconut
1 tsp baking soda
Salt as per taste

How to make Palappam
Kerala Appam


  • Wash and soak rice in water for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Wash and soak poha in water for 10 minutes.
  • Grind soaked rice, soaked poha, fresh grated coconut with little water to a fine paste.
  • Let the batter ferment for 8 to 10 hours.
  • After fermentation, add 1 tsp baking soda and salt as per taste.
  • The batter should have a pouring consistency.
  • In case the batter is thick, add little water.
  • Heat a pan.  Pour a ladleful of batter on the pan. 
  • Move the pan in a circular motion so that the batter spreads.
  • Cover the pan and allow the appam to cook. 
  • When the appam is cooked evenly, remove it from the pan.
  • Serve Kerala appam hot with either chutney or vegetable stew or chicken curry.