How to Cook Paalappam-Keralan Lacy Rice Pancake

This pancake may seem complicated at first but persevere and you will be rewarded with a crispy edged and fluffy soft centered pancake. Serve it with curry. We love it with sugar & coconut milk

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How to Cook Paalappam-Keralan Lacy Rice Pancake Recipe
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This pancake is temperamental. It needs right ingredients, temperature, & utensils.For best results use raw rice flour.Start by soaking the raw rice (basmati)  the night before.

This pancake is temperamental. It needs right ingredients, temperature, & utensils.For best results use raw rice flour.Start by soaking the raw rice (basmati) the night before.

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Soak the rice at least for 5 hours.Wash the rice twice.The soaked rice makes it easier to grind. If you are using an electric grinder you may keep the water. If using a mortar & pestle, drain the rice

Soak the rice at least for 5 hours.Wash the rice twice.The soaked rice makes it easier to grind. If you are using an electric grinder you may keep the water. If using a mortar & pestle, drain the rice

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Pound the soaked rice as fine as possible.Some people like it SLIGHTLY grainy. However a good appam needs the batter to be smooth, hence finely ground is better.

Pound the soaked rice as fine as possible.Some people like it SLIGHTLY grainy. However a good appam needs the batter to be smooth, hence finely ground is better.

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Place the ground rice in deep metal bowl.The bowl needs to be deep to allow space for the batter to ferment & raise.

Place the ground rice in deep metal bowl.The bowl needs to be deep to allow space for the batter to ferment & raise.

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Measure 1cup lukewarm water for the yeast solution. I am using yeast as an alternative to toddy (alcoholic coconut juice), which is traditionally used as a raising agent.

Measure 1cup lukewarm water for the yeast solution. I am using yeast as an alternative to toddy (alcoholic coconut juice), which is traditionally used as a raising agent.

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Add 1 tspn sugar and the yeast.

Add 1 tspn sugar and the yeast.

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Leave this for 10 to 15 mins to froth.

Leave this for 10 to 15 mins to froth.

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This is how it looked

This is how it looked

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Now for the pasty solution (kurukku/kappi). The purpose of this solution is to accelerate the fermentation process. You may add 1/4 cup cooked rice blitz with 1/2 cup water.

Now for the pasty solution (kurukku/kappi). The purpose of this solution is to accelerate the fermentation process. You may add 1/4 cup cooked rice blitz with 1/2 cup water.

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Alternatively add 1/4 cup Semolina to 1/2 cup water

Alternatively add 1/4 cup Semolina to 1/2 cup water

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Mix well.it should resemble this

Mix well.it should resemble this

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Cook it till thick, resembling mushy baby food

Cook it till thick, resembling mushy baby food

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Allow it to cook and thicken some more

Allow it to cook and thicken some more

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Add the pasty mixture to the ground rice.

Add the pasty mixture to the ground rice.

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Also add the yeast mixture and stir well

Also add the yeast mixture and stir well

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This is how it looks. Now to allow the yeast to ferment leave it in room temperature for 6-8 hours, overnight will be good.

This is how it looks. Now to allow the yeast to ferment leave it in room temperature for 6-8 hours, overnight will be good.

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Notice all the little bubbles have emerged. This is after letting the yeast do its magic for 4 hours.

Notice all the little bubbles have emerged. This is after letting the yeast do its magic for 4 hours.

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In winter,heat oven moderately for 5 minutes and switch off.place the batter in and close the doors

In winter,heat oven moderately for 5 minutes and switch off.place the batter in and close the doors

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This is called an "appachetty", kadai, or appam wok. This needs to be well seasoned before preparing this pancake. A lid for this wok is also essential.

This is called an "appachetty", kadai, or appam wok. This needs to be well seasoned before preparing this pancake. A lid for this wok is also essential.

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The batter you have now can keep well in the fridge. This is the master batter.From this we will prepare a secondary batter that is best cooked immediately and not stored.

The batter you have now can keep well in the fridge. This is the master batter.From this we will prepare a secondary batter that is best cooked immediately and not stored.

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For the basic secondary batter, add half tspn salt & 1/4 cup water & 1/4 of the master batter. For a crispier pancake add 1/4 tspn baking powder. If you like the egg version add a whisked egg to this.

For the basic secondary batter, add half tspn salt & 1/4 cup water & 1/4 of the master batter. For a crispier pancake add 1/4 tspn baking powder. If you like the egg version add a whisked egg to this.

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Now heat the kadai, grease it with oil. Ladle a spoon of the secondary batter.Hold both handle of the wok.swivel it at one direction. It will be thin in the edge and thick in the centre. Place a lid.

Now heat the kadai, grease it with oil. Ladle a spoon of the secondary batter.Hold both handle of the wok.swivel it at one direction. It will be thin in the edge and thick in the centre. Place a lid.

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The flame should be low and we are after a cooked pancake. Now lift the lid and increase the heat to make the edges crispier.once this is done,remove the pancake.

The flame should be low and we are after a cooked pancake. Now lift the lid and increase the heat to make the edges crispier.once this is done,remove the pancake.

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Only cook this one side. Do not flip it. A good appam should have many holes in the centre when cooking.This makes a fluffy pancake.

Only cook this one side. Do not flip it. A good appam should have many holes in the centre when cooking.This makes a fluffy pancake.

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I love serving this with half cup light coconut milk, half cup water and stir in 4 tablespoon of sugar. Bon appetite

I love serving this with half cup light coconut milk, half cup water and stir in 4 tablespoon of sugar. Bon appetite

Ingredients

2 Cups Raw rice flour (unroasted) 
4 Tablespoons Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
1 Cup Coconut milk 
½ Teaspoons Yeast 
1 Cup Lukewarm Water 
1 Teaspoon Sugar 
Pasty batter 
¼ Cups Semolina 
½ Cups Water 
Optional 
Egg one at a time  
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