Spicy Appe

Appe or Ellape (in my mother tongue Konkani) is a dish quite similar to dosa or idli. But appe whether spicy or sweet can be eaten as is and don’t require any accompaniment like chutney or sambhar is required with dosa or idli. However, appe require a special pan for its making called the appe patra. Nowadays, as people are becoming more health conscious, they prefer using this pan for frying (deep frying) over the traditional deep frying method as the former consumes less oil.

Today I would like to share the spicy appe recipe which has been passed on to me by my mum. I plan to share the sweet appe recipe too in future.


Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 cup idli rawa or 1/2 cup channa dal
  • pinch of soda bicarb
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-4 green chillies, chopped
  • a small piece of ginger, chopped
  • few springs of coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Take two bowls. In one soak rice and in the other soak urad dal and idli rawa (or channa dal) for atleast5 hours.
  2. After 5 hours, grind it and allow the batter to ferment for another 5 hours.
  3. Just before preparing the appes, add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, salt and soda bicarb.
  4. Heat the appe pan and add just little oil in each hole of the pan. Put spoonful of batter in each hole, cover it and allow to cook on one side. Then flip and allow to cook on the other.
  5. The appe are ready to serve alongwith pudina chutney.




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