Thursday, 7 June 2012

Appo and Chutney (A Konkani Breakfast delicacy)

Appe or Appo or Appa is a rice dumpling made using the "Appe Mould Pan" or Appe are small round savoury steamed cakes usually made with a batter. An Appe mould or tava is easily available in all good brands in India. In most branded cookware it is known as "Die-Cast Paniyarakkal". The Indian one has just 6-7 holes, but the pans available outside India have more holes and it is called Aebleskiver pan. This Aebleskiver pan is used for making traditional pancakes in most countries. 
This pan is a must for making these delightful little balls of goodness.
I have used simple idli like batter, but there are different varieties of Appe like those which are sweet and also some which are savoury.
This is the simplest and easiest of them all.
In Mangalore this is served with coconut chutney but since my daughter likes it with Rasam too, I have served with Appo with both chutney and rasam.

The Indian Appe/Appo/Paniyarakkal pan: 

The International Aebleskiver pan:

Urad dal - 1 cup
Rice - 2 cups
Salt to taste

Soak the urad dal and rice separately for atleast 2 hrs.
Grind separately to a smooth paste and mix them together.
Add salt. Consistency of the batter should be like idli batter. Allow the batter to ferment overnight.
Next morning heat the appe mould/Appo pan on medium flame and grease it with a little oil.Pour a spoonful of the batter into each mould.

Cook till the outer surface becomes golden brown and then turn each appe upside down using the wooden stick provided along with the pan, so as to cook the other side.

Remove and repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve hot with coconut ginger chutney and/or Rasam.

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