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Easy Spinach Appe | Instant, Healthy, South Indian Recipe

Easy Spinach Appe | Instant, Healthy, South Indian Recipe

Crispy and healthy, these bite-sized savory dumplings are sure to impress everyone in your family. This Instant Spinach Appe (Palak Appe) recipe is made without overnight soaking or fermenting. Appe is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a delightful snack or breakfast option.

Throw in vegetables of your choice, swap sooji with ragi or any other millet rava, and make them healthier. This recipe can be customized as per your choice. So, why wait? Make it today!

What is Appe?

Appe is a South Indian delicacy, originating from the Karnataka region. These days it is getting widely popular all across India. These bite-sized savory dumplings are made from a fermented batter of rice and lentils, cooked in a special pan (Appe Pan) with hemispherical molds. Appe is also known as Paniyaram, Appam, Paddu, or savory Mini Pancakes.

You can customize the recipe by adding vegetables and making it healthier. Appe can be made instantly with sooji rava, oats, or millet rava for the batter. There is no need to soak and grind lentils and rice. These are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a delightful snack or breakfast option.

What is Appe Pan?

Appe Pan is a pan with multiple mini hemispherical molds. It is used to make a South Indian delicacy – Appe or Paniyaram. To make the recipe, a batter is prepared and poured over each mold of the pan. Then is cooked through until golden brown all over.

Not only Appe or Paniyaram, but this pan can also be used to make many other recipes that generally require deep-frying. For example:

  1. Non-Fried Dahi Vada
  2. Non-Fried Cheese Chutney Bomb
  3. Indo-Chinese Manchurian
  4. Non-Fried Lauki Kofta
  5. Gulab Jamun
  6. Non-Fried Sabudana Vada

Check out the Appe Pan on Amazon.

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Tips to make it right

  1. Batter Consistency: You need to have the right consistency of the batter. It should be thick but easily pourable. If it is thin, the texture of the Appe doesn’t come right.
  2. Resting Time: Let the batter rest for at least 20 minutes. Sooji rava will absorb the liquid and become softer. After resting time, adjust the consistency of the batter as needed. Just make sure that the consistency is on the thicker side. Thick but easily pourable.
  3. Baking Soda: Add baking soda 5 minutes before you start making Appe. Do not add it while making the batter because it loses all the bubble formation and you won’t get a nice fluffy Appe. Avoid adding too much baking soda because that also ruins the taste and the texture of Appe. Make sure that the baking soda is not expired.

What can ruin your Appe or Appam?

Two ingredients that can ruin your Appe-making experience are Curd and Baking Soda.

If your curd or yogurt is sitting in the fridge for a long time, chances are your Appe will not get the right texture – fluffy and soft. It happens! They might become soggy from the inside or won’t rise at all. They will be dense. So, use fresh curd or yogurt. Why take chances while making such a delicious recipe.

Also, if the baking soda has expired, you won’t get a light, airy batter. The texture of idli also changes because of that. But you can check the quality of baking soda. Just add a little bit of lemon juice to it. If it forms bubbles, it means your baking soda is just perfect. If not, it is time to buy a new pack.

How to serve Spinach and Sooji Rava Appe (Palak Appe)?

Spinach and Sooji Rava Appe can be served with the following for ultimate pleasure:

  1. Sambar
  2. South Indian Chutneys
  3. Raw mango Dal Rasam
  4. Filter Coffee or Indian Chai

To have the best experience, serve it hot.

Is this recipe Vegan-Friendly?

Yes. Of course. You can use vegan or plant-based curd and make this recipe vegan.

More Recipes – just as good

  1. Tasty Oats Appe
  2. Instant Ragi (Finger Millet) Appe
  3. Savory Buckwheat Pancakes (Buckwheat Cheela)
  4. Instant Ragi (Finger Millet) Dosa
  5. Instant Masala Dosa

Conclusion

Homemade Appe is a delicious and healthy snack or breakfast option that’s sure to please your taste buds. With their crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior, these savory dumplings are a delight and easy to make at home. Whether enjoyed as a snack with tea or as a wholesome breakfast with chutney, Appe is sure to become a favorite in your household. So, gather your ingredients and try making this irresistible South Indian treat today!

Instant Sooji and Spinach Rava Appe

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Happy Cooking. 🙂

Love from us,

Richa

Easy Spinach Appe | Instant, Healthy, South Indian Recipe

Healthy. Nutritious. Delicious.

Crispy and healthy, these bite-sized savory dumplings are sure to impress everyone in your family. This Instant Spinach Appe (Palak Appam) recipe is made without overnight soaking or fermenting. Let's dive into the flavors of fresh vegetables. 

3

Servings

10 min

Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

40 min

Total Time


Ingredients

      Vegetables and Herbs

        Grains & Flours

            Seasoning & Spices

              Dairy

                    Other

                      Steps

                      1. Prepare Spinach Puree - Add spinach leaves and water to a blender. Blend until smooth. 
                      2. Add it to a large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients - vegetables, sooji, curd, and salt to taste. Mix everything well.
                      3. Do not add baking soda.
                      4. Let it rest for around 20 minutes. Resting will infuse all the flavors together. Also, it will soften sooji. 
                      5. Heat Appe Pan and brush it with cooking oil. 
                      6. Add baking soda to the batter and mix well. Do not overmix. It will release all the air bubbles. 
                      7. Adjust the consistency of the batter by adding water. It should be easily pourable (medium consistency).
                      8. Fill Appe Pan with the batter. It rises on cooking so do not overfill. Add a few drops of oil on each Appe. Cover and let them cook on medium-low flame until golden brown. Flip and cook from the other side too. 
                      9. Once done, remove from the pan and repeat the same with the rest of the mixture. 
                      10. Serve hot with some coconut chutney, peanut chutney, or tomato-onion chutney. Enjoy. 
                      Note
                      1. Customize the recipe by adding any vegetable.
                      2. If you do not have Appe Pan, use the same batter to make pancakes or cheela/uttapam.
                      3. To make it vegan, use plant-based curd or yogurt. 

                      FAQs

                      What is Appe or Paniyaram?
                      +
                      Appe is a South Indian delicacy, originating from the Karnataka region. These days it is getting widely popular all across India. These bite-sized savory dumplings are made from a fermented batter of rice and lentils, cooked in a special pan (Appe Pan) with hemispherical molds. Appe is also known as Paniyaram, Appam, Paddu, or savory Mini Pancakes. You can customize the recipe by adding vegetables and making it healthier. Appe can be made instantly with sooji rava, oats, or millet rava for the batter. There is no need to soak and grind lentils and rice. These are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a delightful snack or breakfast option.

                      What is Appe Pan?
                      +

                      Appe Pan is a pan with multiple mini hemispherical molds. It is used to make a South Indian delicacy – Appe or Paniyaram. To make the recipe, a batter is prepared and poured over each mold of the pan. Then is cooked through until golden brown all over. Check out the Appe Pan on Amazon.

                      Not only Appe or Paniyaram, but this pan can also be used to make many other recipes that generally require deep-frying. For example:

                      1. Non-Fried Dahi Vada
                      2. Non-Fried Cheese Chutney Bomb
                      3. Indo-Chinese Manchurian
                      4. Non-Fried Lauki Kofta
                      5. Gulab Jamun
                      6. Non-Fried Sabudana Vada

                       


                      How to serve Spinach and Sooji Rava Appe (Palak Appe)?
                      +

                      Spinach and Sooji Rava Appe can be served with the following for ultimate pleasure:

                      1. Sambar
                      2. South Indian Chutneys
                      3. Raw mango Dal Rasam
                      4. Filter Coffee or Indian Chai

                      Is this recipe Vegan-Friendly?
                      +

                      Yes. Of course. You can use vegan or plant-based curd and make this recipe vegan.

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