The quest to find healthy, easy and delicious breakfasts is never ending. This is especially true for you if you like to start your day with a hot, homemade breakfast. While most Indian cuisines, have some breakfast specialties, very few dishes have the versatility that South Indian snacks and breakfast items do.
Appe or paddu or paniyaram are similar items that are made in the Southern region of India. Though they have different names in different states, the ingredients and the method of preparation is quite similar. Made with rice, rava or urad dal as the main ingredient, these dishes are extremely healthy as well. This recipe uses rice as the main ingredient and is cooked without any excessive oil. This makes it an excellent dish for a healthy breakfast.
Rice is great for digestive issues and helps in easy digestion. It is also a great option for people suffering from celiac disease as it is gluten free. Curd is a natural source of probiotic. These are live bacteria that aid digestion and are said to boost immunity. It is a nutrient-dense food that is a good source of dairy protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B-12.
Just like idli, appe also has a mild flavour that can easily blend with the chutney that accompanies the dish. This appe recipe contains an innovative twist to make it even tastier. Just towards the end of the preparation, the cooked appe are tossed in a tadka which contains Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji masala. This masala is masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor’s own recipe and contains dagad phool (stone flower) that gives it an authentic taste.
Let’s look at this paddu recipe from Bharatz Kitchen and make it with a twist.
Ingredients for the rice appe recipe
- 1 Cup Rice, Soaked in hot water for an hour
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Dahi (Curd)
- Rice flour / Suji, if required
- Carrot, finely chopped
- Tomato, finely chopped
- Green Chillies, finely chopped
- Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
- Capsicum, finely chopped
- Onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda or 1 tsp Fruit Salt (Eno)
Ingredients for Tadka
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 3 Green Chillies
- Pav Bhaji Masala
- Start by washing and soaking rice for one hour in hot water.
- Drain the rice and transfer it to the blender attachment of your mixer.
- First, grind the soaked rice without any water. After it turns into a coarse mixture, start adding water to this.
- Add 1/4th cup of water along with salt and blend it well. If the batter becomes too watery, you can add rice flour or sooji/rava to it to adjust the consistency.
- Transfer this batter to a big bowl. Add the finely chopped vegetables to this along with coriander and green chilies. Mix well.
- Season the appe pan with some oil and place it on a low flame.
- Add baking soda or fruit salt like Eno to this mixture. Incorporate it properly in the batter.
- Pour the batter in the appe pan. Make sure you do not overfill each mould.
- Cover the pan and let this cook on a low flame.
- In about two minutes, one side of the appe will be done. It should be golden brown in color.
- Use a spoon to turn the appe. Let the other side cook properly as well.
- Once these are cooked properly on both sides, transfer them to a plate.
- In a pan, heat some oil. Add the sesame seeds, mustard seeds and green chilies to it.
- Sprinkle Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji masala generously on the pan.
- Toss the appe in this pan. Make sure you toss them well to coat each piece with the pav bhaji masala properly.
- Serve this with your favourite chutney.
Need easy chutney ideas and recipes? Do check out the video link for easy and quick chutneys that will pair well with rice appe.
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