A shallow fried bite sized snack recipe for kids lunch box
What happens when you have a South Indian neighbor. You get to eat lots of South Indian dishes like curd rice, idli, dosa, sammbhar etc. Appam was one such recipe I learnt from my friend.
This pan was gifted by her to me. Its not just an appam pan but it's a magical pan. I make aloo vada, sabudana vada and other deep fried dishes in this pan.
Semolina/suji/rava does wonders when you want to prepare a quick and instant snack. With the help of this single ingredient many dishes are prepared like rava dosa, rava uttapam, rava dhokla etc. It is also a very healthy option and you can prepare rava dishes in no time.
These instant suji appams come to my rescue when my fussy child refuses to eat anything, especially green vegetables. I even add some veggies like capsicum, carrots and beatroot to my appam.
Benefits of Rava
- Rava is a great energy source.
- It also helps to lose weight.
- Rava is very light in digestion so you can feed them during their bad health like fever or upset stomach.
Appe, Appam or Paniyaram are small golden balls prepared from rice & urid dal batter. However for my kid I wanted a quick and instant option so learnt from my friend Preetha. Thanx a lot to her, these appams are made weekly once in my kitchen for breakfast without any hazel.
Tips for making appam
- Soak rava minimum for 15 minutes
- You can add grated vegetables like carrot. capsicum, beetroot etc
- I made this for my 2 year old son so did not add any green chillies but you can add to give a nice spicy taste.
- To get a nice texture to the appam make sure the skillet is hot enough.
- You can easily flip the appam, if you want you can add a drop of oil to flip.
- The batter should not be too watery or too thick it has to be thinner than idli batter and thicker than dosa batter.
- Always cook the appam on low flame to get a nice crunchy and crispy outer crust.
Please also check my other other Snack Recipes below
So lets proceed step by step for making rava appam
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow them splutter. Then add urid dal and cook till it turns brown in color
Now add finely chopped onions and sprinkle some salt
Cook till the onions are translucent
Take rava in a bowl and add some curd or butter milk
If you have added curd then add some water and make it a batter form
Now add the onion mixture we prepared and mix
Add some fruit salt(eno) & stir well. Keep it aside for 15 minutes
Heat the appam skillet and add a drop of oil in each of it's grooves
When the oil is hot enough add a spoon full of rava mixture we prepared in each appe grooves
Cover the pan with any plate or lid and cook for 2-3 minutes
Flip the appam with help of spoon and cook for another 2 minutes
Instant rava appam/appe/paniyaram are ready. Serve them hot with peanut & coriander chutney.
Recipe of Instant Rava Appam
|Perfect recipe for kids lunch box or snacks|
- 1 cup Rava/suji/semolina
- 1 Onion
- 3-4 tablespoon curd or 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon oil+ oil for pan
- 1/4th tablespoon Mustard Seeds
- 1/4th tablespoon Urid dal
- 4-5 Curry Leaves
- Fruit Salt(Eno)
- Salt to Taste
- Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow them splutter. Then add urid dal and cook till it turns brown in color
- Now add finely chopped onions and sprinkle some salt
- Cook till the onions are translucent
- Take rava in a bowl and add some curd or butter milk
- If you have added curd then add some water and make it a batter form
- Now add the onion mixture we prepared and mix
- Add some fruit salt(eno) & stir well. Keep it aside for 15 minutes
- Heat the appam skillet and add a drop of oil in each of it's grooves
- Now add a spoon full of rava mixture we prepared in each groove
- Cover the pan with any plate and cook for 5 minutes
- Flip the appam with help of spoon and cook for another 2 minutes
- Instant rava appam/appe/paniyaram are ready. Serve them hot with peanut & coriander chutney.
To make the appam more attractive I serve it to my kids in skewers. He loves holding the skewers and taking a bite at a time.