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Mrs. Vatsala Naidoo

Appam/Pancake, Simple and Delicious

I recently chatted with my friend, Mahendri, about my attempts to make Appau and that I finally worked out a recipe that I was happy with. Mahendri told me that her mother, Mrs. Vatsala Naidoo makes the most delicious Appam/Appau. Over the years she has been regularly making these delicious appams for breakfast.

When Aunty Vatsala learned of my interest in making Appam, she kindly offered her recipe to me. With her kind permission, I am sharing the recipe.

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Making Batter Night Before

  1. ½ packet of 10g.pack of instant yeast
  2. 1-2 cups warm water
  3. 2 cups cake flour/all purpose flour
  4. 1 cup rice flour
  5. ½ cup semolina

Next Morning

  1. ¼ tsp. salt
  2. 1 tsp. baking powder
  3. ½ cup sugar or to taste
  4. ½ - 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  5. 3 tblsps. dessicated coconut, unsweetened
  6. If mixture is thick, add more warm water to achieve a batter like/pouring consistency (not too thick)
  7. Cooking Spray


  1. Mix ingredients in list, Make Batter Night Before
  2. Mix well, close container and leave overnight to ferment
  3. The next morning, the batter will appear thick and spongy, with little holes in them. Stir well
  4. Add ingredients from section, Next Morning. The batter should be of a pouring consistency, but not runny
  5. Heat a non stick pan/griddle on medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray
  6. Take about a small ladle full of batter and pour on pan. I tilt the pan to spread the batter thinly. You can also use the back of the ladle to spread batter
  7. Use a lid to cover pan. It should be done in about a minute
  8. If appam is difficult to lift, add a few drops of oil at that point
  9. The appam cooks very quickly. Use all the batter this way
  10. Serve on plates. Apply butter or margarine or vegan butter and sprinkle with dessicated coconut
  11. Roll and enjoy with a hot beverage
  12. This recipe should yield about 12 large appams. Enjoy

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About Vatsala Naidoo

Aunty Vatsala is the mother of my dear friend, Mahendri Raidoo. There is a strong bond between Aunty Vatsala and her children. She used to be a school teacher and is a very loving and supportive mother and grandmother.

In her retirement Aunty Vatasala is independent, reads a lot and still enjoys cooking. Mahendri is sure to be provided with delicious meals prepared by her mom during her visits to the USA. Appam is one of the delicious breakfast dishes that she makes for her eager family.

According to Aunty Vatsala Appam is the correct pronunciation of this delicious treat. I have heard it as Appau, so whatever the way to say it, just enjoy this delicious Appam by Vatsala Naidoo.

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