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Instant Ragi Appe – Protein-Rich, Low-Carb, Veggie Loaded Breakfast Recipe

Instant Ragi Appe – Protein-Rich, Low-Carb, Veggie Loaded Breakfast Recipe

Crispy and soft, healthy, quick & easy breakfast recipe – Instant Ragi Appe (Paniyaram or savory mini pancakes). No overnight soaking or fermenting is needed to make this delicious South Indian delicacy. For a quick breakfast, pair it with some South Indian Chutneys. It makes such a comforting and delightful meal. I enjoy it with some hot cut of vegan chai. Divine Combination!

You must try our other South Indian recipes too – Instant Masala Dosa, Ragi Dosa, Oats Idli, Spinach and Beetroot Idli, Oats Appe, and Tawa Masala Idli.

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You know how much I enjoy trying recipes using different kinds of ingredients. I do not just think about including different natural ingredients in our diet but also think about making them look appetizing. And last but not least, I try and see how I can make them quick and easy. Because believe it or not, even though I enjoy cooking, there are certain recipes in which I want to cheat a little 😀

That’s why, I decided to make ragi idli using ragi rava and not whole ragi. Using ragi rava makes the job easier and quicker in comparison to using whole ragi grains. You don’t need to soak overnight and then grind the next day. It saves a lot of time and pressure too. So, try this instant ragi appe using ragi rava. You are surely going to love it. I do not have any doubts about it.

What is Ragi or Finger Millet?

Ragi is an extremely nutritious millet that is widely available in India. It is called Finger Millet in English. It comes in different forms – whole grains, rava, and flour. These tiny pearls are highly rich in proteins which makes them a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans. Not just that, it has low-fat content, it is gluten-free, and rich in fiber too.

Ragi is also good for the health of bones and teeth since it is rich in calcium and phosphorous. So, don’t think much and make this gem of the ingredients a part of your regular diet.

By the way, it resembles a lot like brown mustard seeds.

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What are Millets?

Millets are the first grains cultivated by humankind, around 500 to 1000 years back. Despite being highly nutritious tiny small grains, these are not very popular majorly because of the lack of awareness. It is a generic term for a group of different kinds of grains that include the following:

  1. Finger Millet (Ragi)
  2. Foxtail Millet (Kangni)
  3. Pearl Millet (Bajra)
  4. Proso Millet (Chena)
  5. Kodo Millet (Kodo)
  6. Amaranth (Rajgira)
  7. Barnyard Millet (Sanva)
  8. Buckwheat (Kuttu)
  9. Little Millet (Sama)
  10. Sorghum (Jowar)

Millets are rich in vitamins, minerals, calcium, and fibers. They are gluten-free and are good to control blood sugar. These contain complex carbohydrates. Millets are extremely healthy and good for the body. So, make it a part of your regular diet.

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: You need to let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes. Ragi & 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. Test it before use (refer to FAQs below).

What can ruin your Appe?

Two things that can really ruin your idli-making experience are Curd and Baking Soda.

If your curd or yogurt is sitting in the fridge for a long time, chances are that your appe will not get the right texture – fluffy and soft. It happens. They might become soggy from the inside or maybe come out hard and tough. 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 Ragi Appe?

Ragi 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.

Tools and equipment needed

  1. Appe Pan

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes. Of course. This recipe is made with vegan and plant-based ingredients. I used plant-based soy curd to make it. If you are not vegan, you can replace vegan curd with dairy curd or yogurt.

Easy Swaps

  1. Curd or Yogurt: Use any plant-based curd instead like coconut curd or any other plant-based curd of choice.

More Millets Recipes – just as good

  1. Bajre ke Ladoo (Pearl Millet Sweet Balls)
  2. Amaranth or Rajgira Energy Bars
  3. Savory Buckwheat Pancakes (Kuttu Ke Cheele)
  4. Bajre Ki Khichri

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make a quick and easy Indian breakfast at home. The best thing about Instant Ragi Appe is that you can make it anytime. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You don’t need to soak anything or wait for the batter to ferment. Just whip up the ingredients and it’s ready.

If you make this recipe and like it too, please share the photo of your dish on Instagram and tag us too @thefearlesscooking. We love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

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Instant Ragi Appe – Protein-Rich, Low-Carb, Veggie Loaded Breakfast Recipe

Heathy. Nutritious. Wholesome.

Looking for a Protein-Rich, Low-Carb, and Delicious Indian breakfast recipe? 

Don't think much, just click and check out this gorgeous Instant Ragi Appe. No overnight soaking. No fermentation. Absolutely Quick & Easy. What else do you need? :)

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Servings

10 min

Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

40 min

Total Time


Ingredients

Appe Batter

Serving Suggestion

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, add ragi rava, sooji, whole wheat flour, curd, 1 Cup water, all the chopped veggies, and salt to taste. Mix everything well. Cover and set it aside for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. Ragi rava, whole wheat flour, and sooji need to absorb water and become soft.
  3. After 30 minutes, check the batter's consistency. Add more water (a little at a time) to adjust the consistency. It should be thick but easily pourable. 
  4. Also, add baking soda when you are ready to cook. Mix well. 
  5. To cook, heat your appe pan and brush some oil in it. 
  6. Pour the batter into each cavity or mould. Drop a few drops of oil over them and let them cook from one side until golden brown and crispy. It takes a couple of minutes on medium-low flame. 
  7. DO NOT overfill because the batter rises a little on cooking. 
  8. Once cooked from one side, use a spoon and flip them. Cook from the other side too.
  9. Timing depends on the kind of appe pan you have. I have a cast iron pan and once heated, it cooks very quickly.
  10. Take them out and serve them hot with sambar and chutneys. Enjoy :)

FAQs

What is Appe pan?
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Appe Pan is known differently in different parts of the world and it is used to make so many different kinds of things. It is also known as Appam pan, Paniyaram pan, Appampatra pan, Paddu, Unniappam, Aebleskiver Pan, Takoyaki Pan, Puff Pancake Pan, Paniyarakal pan, Stuffed Mini Pancake pan. It is a pan with deep holes or circular moulds in it. You make a batter of your choice and fill those holes with it. Cover and let them cook. Once done, flip and cook from the other side too. You get nice, tennis ball-shaped cakes from it that taste very delicious. If you are curious, check out the appe pan on Amazon.

What is Appe?
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Appe or Paniyaram is an Indian dish made of a thick consistency batter of lentils and rice. Instant appe is usually made of sooji or oats or sometimes with whole wheat flour or millet flour too. The consistency of the batter is the same as that of the dosa or idli. The batter is poured into the moulds of the appe pan and cooked till golden brown from one side. then it is flipped and cooked from the other side too. They are slightly crispy from the outside and soft from the inside.


What is the origin of Appam?
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Appam is like a savory mini pancake made of lentils or rice batter. They are originally from South India. They call in Paniyaram too. But now it is getting popular in other parts of India too. I lived in Maharashtra for 6 years and saw this dish for the first time in Pune, Maharashtra only. It is served as breakfast there. It is not very popular in North India though.


What are the benefits of ragi or finger millet?
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Ragi is an extremely nutritious millet that is widely available in India. It is called Finger Millet in English. It comes in different forms – whole grains, rava, and flour. These tiny pearls are highly rich in proteins which makes them a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans. Not just that, it has low-fat content, it is gluten-free, and rich in fiber too. Ragi is also good for the health of bones and teeth since it is rich in calcium and phosphorous. So, don’t think much and make this gem of the ingredients a part of your regular diet.

What are Millets?
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Millets are the first grains cultivated by humankind, around 500 to 1000 years back. Despite being highly nutritious tiny small grains, these are not very popular majorly because of the lack of awareness. It is a generic term for a group of different kinds of grains that include the following:
  1. Finger Millet (Ragi)
  2. Foxtail Millet (Kangni)
  3. Pearl Millet (Bajra)
  4. Proso Millet (Chena)
  5. Kodo Millet (Kodo)
  6. Amaranth (Rajgira)
  7. Barnyard Millet (Sanva)
  8. Buckwheat (Kuttu)
  9. Little Millet (Sama)
  10. Sorghum (Jowar)
Millets are rich in vitamins, minerals, calcium, and fibers. They are gluten-free and are good to control blood sugar. These contain complex carbohydrates. Millets are extremely healthy and good for the body. So, make it a part of your regular diet.

How to check if baking soda is not expired?
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To check if baking soda is not expired and is good to use, just take 1 Tsp of baking soda in a bowl. Add some acidic ingredients like lemon juice or vinegar to it. If it forms bubbles instantly, it means it is good to use. If it doesn’t form the bubbles, it means it is expired and should be discarded. Baking soda expires in a couple of months. So, if you have an old pack, just check before using it.

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