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How to make Palappam - traditional breakfast of Kerala : recipe

Updated on July 17, 2013

Making Palappam

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PalappamPalappam rice mixPalappam in the Palappam panTwisting the pan to make the AppamAppam is ready , after sometime, the lid is closed for cooking the palappamPalappam is ready
Palappam | Source
Palappam rice mix
Palappam rice mix | Source
Palappam in the Palappam pan
Palappam in the Palappam pan | Source
Twisting the pan to make the Appam
Twisting the pan to make the Appam | Source
Appam is ready , after sometime, the lid is closed for cooking the palappam
Appam is ready , after sometime, the lid is closed for cooking the palappam | Source
Palappam is ready
Palappam is ready | Source

Palappam is the traditional breakfast of Kerala. It is one of the important dishes during the functions of traditional Suriyani Christians. It is made of ‘Pachari’ white rice. It is sometimes known as vellayappam. It is usually served along with coconut flavored stew or “Kadala Curry” – (black chickpeas) or Egg Curry. Nowadays , Instant Mix are also available and is the trend now. Here I’m explaining the traditional way in which the same is prepared here in my home.

Do check my hub on preparing Puttu & also the combination of spicy Kadala Curry

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 1kg Rice will make around 30 Palappam

Ready to make Palappam Mix


  • 1 Kg Rice, soak rice for around 6 hrs and later, clean it and grind the same.
  • Cooked Rice, to grind along with the Soaked Rice
  • 1 TableSpoon Yeast, put yeast in 3tablespoon water and keep it for fermentation, till the Rice is grinded finely
  • 5 TableSpoon Sugar, Later to mix it with Grinded Rice Mixture
  • 1 TableSpoon Salt, to mix it with the Palappam Mix
  • Half Coconut's Coconut milk, to mix to the palappam mix just before preparation
  • Rice Powder Solution, get some rice powder out of the soaked rice, mix it with water and boil it till it becomes thicker

Preparing and Cooking

  1. Soak Rice for 6hrs. Later powder some rice to make rice powder of around 3-4 spoon. Mix water with the rice powder and boil the same til it become thicker. This is known as "KAPPI". Keep aside the same to cool.
  2. Now Grind the rest of the soaked rice, cooked Rice with water, till the mixture becomes smooth enough, without any grains.
  3. Mix the Kappi to the grinded mixture. Add Sugar, Salt and yeast solution , mix it well. Keep the Palappam Mix , for the whole night to ferment. Please keep the mix in a large vessel to ferment, as the mix may expand and if vessel is small , you may lost the same . Vessel used should be of steel.
  4. In the morning you could see the mixture is fermented and the Mix comes expanded all the away along the top level of the vessel. Mix the same with a spoon.
  5. Take the coconut milk, mix it with the palappam mix. Now you can start making palappam.
  6. Use Palappam pan . It will be slided towards the middle.
  7. Pour one big Spoon of Mix to the pan, once it is hot enough. Twist the Mix along the pan to make the shape of Palappam.
  8. Now close the pan with a lid. After 60sec to 1min, you can remove the pan and see the cooked Palappam.
  9. The twisting results in the frills formed in the palappam.
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      Anjana Hari 3 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Yes Palappam is one that I prepare during special occasions like Easter, Christmas etc.. Thanks for the comment peachpurple ...

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had tried palappan before, i remembered it was my friend's wedding. I love the crispy sides. It was awesome, the white part is a little sour but that makes this palappam special. Voted up

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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks georgescifo for the encouraging comment...

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      georgescifo 5 years ago from India

      Palappam is one of my favorite breakfast menu. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Yes Suranee, Palappam is similar to hopper; Srilankan cusines has strong similarities with Kerala cusines..

      and Egg Hoppers are really new for me, I havent tried it.

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Palappam is similar to the dish 'hoppers' which is made here in Sri Lanka. We make plain hoppers as well as egg hoppers. Do you make egg palappams? I've never tried it with kadala curry but only with chicken or beef curry. Palappam with kadala curry sounds delicious. Thank you for the recipe Deepateresa.