Karthigai Appam

Traditionally the batter for this dish is prepared by soaking the rice with little urad dhal and grinding along with jaggery and coconut. It is a special dish for Karthigai Festival.

Karthigai Appam

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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Traditionally the batter for this dish is prepared by soaking the rice with little urad dhal and grinding along with jaggery and coconut. It is a special dish for Karthigai Festival.


  • Rice flour – 1 Cup

  • Jaggery powdered – ½ to ¾ cup

  • Fully riped banana – 1 No

  • Coconut cut into small pieces – 1 or 2 tablespoons

  • Cardamom Powder – ½ teaspoon

  • Oil for deep frying


  • Add half cup water to jaggery and mix it well till it dissolved in water. Strain it.
  • Mash the banana into fine paste and add it to the rice flour.
  • Add coconut pieces and cardamom powder also in the rice flour and mix well.
  • Add jaggery water and stir well and make a thick batter (like thick idli batter). If necessary add little water to get correct batter consistency.
  • In a kadai pour the oil and when it is hot, reduce the heat.
  • Take a tablespoon of batter and pour it in the hot oil. Fry till it become golden brown and remove.
  • Tips:
  • You can make Appam with Maida or wheat flour or Rawa also. Instead of jaggery, you can use sugar to get a white Appam.
  • Instead of deep frying, you can use “Paniyaram Chatti” and make this appam like Kuzhi Paniyaram.


  1. Vidyalakshmi

    Its nice .. thanks for sharing..
    Keep sharing

  2. Thank you Vidyalakshmi.

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    Thanks Madam for the recipe.

    One thing, Madam, how can you prepare Appam very soft without adding banana.

    Could you kindly advise.

  4. Hi, Welcome to my site. If you do not want to add banana, instead of using rice flour, you can soak rice with little urad dhal make a thick batter. Urad dhal make the appam soft.

  5. Ananya Mahadevan

    Thanks so much kamala mam for sharing the appam recipe. Though urad dal makes the appam very soft, I strongly believe that the ripen banana adds a very special flavour to the dish. This time I am gonna try the traditional way of making appam by soaking. Thanks a Ton!

  6. Hi Ananya Mahadevan

    Thank you for visiting. Please post your feedback after trying this recipe.

  7. kamala mam i m the new user of ur site.ur receipes r very nice.i did this appam fpor karthigai.it came very nice.thanks a lot.

  8. Hi Latha,

    Welcome to my site. Nice to hear that you tried this appam and came out well.

  9. snehasathiyam

    I tried this. nice n simple recipe. Thnx 🙂

  10. Hi Sneha Sathiyam,

    Nice to note that you tried this appam.

  11. Good Gynecologist in Velachery

    new recipe to me. looks yummy.. should try sometime.

  12. shri priya

    hello kamala,

    your recipes are great! i was just wondering if i can make this appam with over ripe raw bananas? i have two that turned completely yellow and i do not like the sweet taste they bring if i make the spicy curry…pl help! 🙂

    • Hi Shripriya,

      Yes. You can make with this over riped banana. However, just take a small piece and taste it. Sometimes, the skin will be yellow, but the inner portion may be hard. In such a case, you can mash it throughy and make this appam.

  13. Dear Kamala mam,
    your recipes are excellent and the photagraphy is so catchy.. Thanks for sharing.

  14. all these receipes are nice

  15. Meenakshi Rajeev

    Maami Godhumai oora vachu pannalaamaamae.Adhukkum idhae ratio thaana?Alandhu poehaama irukka enna ratio?Godhumai and vellam 4;1 saria varuma.Please let guide me.Naan appa kaarai il thaan pannaraen.Thank you and love you maami.

    • Hi Meenakshi Rajeev,

      Yes. You can prepare it with whole wheat. But it will take time to soak, grind and then take the milk and with that milk you have to add jaggery and prepare the appam. Instead you can use wheat flour and make. Normally 2:1 will do. However if you want less sweet 4:1 is fine.

  16. Meenakshi Rajeev

    Thank you so much maami.Indha karthihai annaikku try pannaraen.Advance karthihai namaskarams to you. With Love Meenakshi Rajeev.

  17. tnxs for t lovely ,simple and easy to do recipe it came out very well

  18. Hi Kamala
    When i soak 1 cup rice with 1tbs urad dal and made without banana my appam came very hard. I added 3/4 th cup of jaggery for that. Why it is not coming soft?

  19. Oh ok so by traditional method we cannot make appam soft like the other method(mixing different flours with banana). Tks

  20. Appam is too taste ..chala bagundi naa favorite sweet 🙂

  21. Hi,

    I tried this Appam. It crumbled in the oil. Did I do anything wrong? Please advise.


  22. I want to do this appam in traditional way. Mam kindly tell me the rice and urad dhal content.

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