Fine rice flour/ Appam podi – 2 cups

Coconut milk powder – 1/4 cup

Rice flakes/ Aval – 1 cup

Small onions – 4 small

Garlic – 2 small

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dry yeast – 1/2 tsp

Warm water – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Water – as required

Oil – as required


Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and keep aside.  Grind rice flakes, small onions, garlic and cumin seeds to a fine paste adding enough water.  Add the paste to the rice powder.  Also add coconut milk powder and the yeast mixture.  Add enough water and make a thick batter of idli/ pancake consistency without forming lumps.  Keep covered in a warm place for 6 to 8 hrs or overnight.  Add salt to taste and stir well.  Heat a non-stick pan/tawa and smear  a little oil on it.  Pour a ladleful of batter on to the pan.  Do not spread the batter.  Cover and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes.  Flip the appam and cook on the other side too, keeping it covered with a lid.  Serve super tasty ‘Kallappam’ with any stew or veg/ non veg curry of your choice.

You can substitute coconut milk powder with one cup of thick coconut milk or with 1 cup of grated coconut.  But be careful while adding water.  The batter should be of idli consistency.

Rice flakes can be substituted with  3/4 cup of cooked rice.

Rice powder can be replaced with 2 cups of soaked raw rice.

Lissie: A daughter, wife, mother, sister, and a mother-in-law. A post graduate, housewife, business woman and a missionary.

View Comments (9)

  • Hello Lissie Auntie,
    How are you feeling now? I always wanted to prepare this, now that you have posted the recipe will prepare it and let you know. Looks very tempting :)
    Can I substitute the coconut milk powder, if yes what and how much do I need to substitute it with? I want to make this for my little one but then am a little scared to use the ones that they sell at the shops..

  • Hi Priya,

    I am much better now, but need to take rest for sometime more.. Thank you dear!

    I have made the changes in the post. Your little one will love to have it with some stew... :)

    with love,

  • kothi vannittu vayya chechi..njanum vattayappam innale undakki..but to tell u the truth eekallapam kandalam sharikum kothiyavum...so soft & excclnt!

  • Hi
    I was looking out for this recipe for appam using aval and rice flour for a long time. I used to grind soaked rice and aval when i was in India. Now using rice flour I did not know the quantities to substitute. will try it out.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Hi Anita,
    Welcome to my blog! Hope you have already tried 'Kallappam' using rice flour.
    My intention in posting these recipes is to help the new generation women to try traditional recipes in quick and easy methods.
    Please let me know about the out come and do try my other recipes..
    Happy Cooking,