Nei Appam

Nei Appam


Appam. Paniyaram. Unniappam. Nei Appam.

During summer vacation, We (myself and cousins) used put our Derra’(camp) at Madras, Periamet…Grandma’s house. All day long is mostly fun filled activities…learning to drive bicycle in the narrow streets, playing cricket using rubber ball, passing comments on all the baldies from 4th floor, persuading Uncle to take us to the beach, light house, circus, what ever…definitely tired by evening!!!Grandma used to make this ‘nei appam’ in the evening and we will devour it, in minutes.

This is one recipe, that I requested my Auntie to bring the original recipe for me to try. She is so kind to photocopy all her recipe collection and brought that as a sweet surprise to me, at the airport(when I headed back here). Although I made them using this fancy griddle, my grandma used to bring the same shape without any special equipment…she directly fries the batter in hot ghee, yep’ still it turns out very uniform in shape, fluffy and so spongy! Hmmm, kind of still working on it!! Here you go, my short cut version till then…


Raw rice 1 cup
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Coconut milk 1/4 cup
Coconut grated few spoons
Cardamom powder 1/4 spoon
Dash of ginger powder
Ghee/clarified butter for deep frying/pan frying.


Soak rice for several hours and wet-grind the same to thick batter.

Add all the other ingredients to it, except oil.

Now heat oil, in a pan…and spoon-in the batter and fry the same, till golden brown to reddish brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


37 Responses so far.

  1. The appam looks so delicious, so you should be having a good collection of those treasured recipes.

  2. Nostalgia says:

    Looks yum.. its been a while since I had this goodie

  3. K says:

    Delicious! Looking forward to seeing the other recipes from the collection:)

  4. Happy Cook says:

    Same here it is ages ago i had them. Drool drool.

  5. wow.. I love this!… but I’ve never tried this version at home.. will try sooon, thank you :) … looks very good!!

  6. Asha says:

    Those were the days in India when we were young and it’s hot whole day everyday! I spent most of my time on the trees! :D

    Lovely dessert.Great post.

  7. I have never had sweet appams, will definitely give it a try:) Looking forward to seeing the other delicious recipes from the collection:)

  8. Cham says:

    I love the deep fried in ghee directly! I know it is fatty but tasty :)
    Tasty pict!

  9. priya says:

    This is my favorite…love to have it when ever i go to kerala…have seen it in tea stalls there along with paruppu vadas and pazham pori…tempting taste!!…just want to grab ur nei appam from screen!

  10. Faiza Ali says:

    They look so delicious dear…reminds me of Kerala. my grandma makes the perfect nei appam I have ever tasted.

  11. Parita says:

    Appams look very cute and yummy!

  12. Look so yummy! never tried adding jaggery! will surely try this version next time..

  13. SE says:

    truly treasured memories and recipes too!!!these look yumm

  14. Nice pics of appam….

  15. Priya says:

    Nei appam makes me hungry…my fav..

  16. Rohini says:

    God they look so inviting!! Can imagine how delicately flavored they must be!! Me gonna try it soon :)

  17. Homecooked says:

    These look delicious! Bookmarked them to try. Recipes passed on by family are always a hit :)

  18. Appam looks delicious malar, never had them before !

  19. Nithu Bala says:

    Wow! looks delicious..I want to try it..

  20. Gita says:

    That is so sweet of your auntie…nice picture Malar…I am also thinking of getting one those girdles…getting awfully tempted with the sweet and savory paniyarams posted by the foodies :)

  21. Nandini says:

    Sweet appam! They’re cute & eye-catching!

  22. Rekha shoban says:

    tempting nei appam…my favourite one….

  23. sowmya.s says:

    nice recipe..looks surely goingto trythis sometime..

  24. shankari says:

    What a wonderful gift from your aunt. My aachi used to make nei appam for us too :) Aren’t we lucky have to such tasty food memories

  25. shaz says:

    Wow! This looks so delicious, I’m sure I would devour them in minutes too. Sounds like such a fun childhood :)

  26. Abhilash says:

    I did not see nai appam for long. Nice prepration. Being inspired by this blog post I am going to have it tomorrow from Swamis tea shop.

  27. sayantani says:

    we make a similar recipe called Gurpithe. you reminded me of my childhood as well. love the recipe. i have seen so many recipes with Paniyaram now am thinking of buying one for myself.

  28. sayantani says:

    my comments are not getting posted…am trying again. lovely recipe Malar. you reminded me of my childhood as well.

  29. vineetha says:

    Fabulous nai appam…Back home we make unniappams for all our celebrations..Missing them very badly :)

  30. Malar Gandhi says:

    Thanks a lot, girls:)

  31. Paniaram looks too good malar. Remembering my childhood days………

  32. AshKuku says:

    Those appadittu’s are really cute & yummy…. I love them so much that I am ready to ask for a home delivery…. I know it is crazy but true with every single word that I punch here…. Lovely they are…


  33. kothiyavunu says:

    Oh that brings back all nostalgic dad fav..ur looks yummy and very tempting! want to have a bite..:)

  34. Miri says:

    I have always wanted to try this – never have got around to doing it. looks yummy!

  35. Soma Pradhan says:

    Unfortunately i dont have the mould..Bu i see u post many diff recipes with this mould..!!!!looks delcious

  36. Swathi says:


    I love neiappam, I make during festivals only. Yours looks really nice

  37. Rina says:

    Luv to try this dear..looks yum..

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