Serve these with your favourite curries or even a drizzle of condensed milk.






Skill level

Average: 3.1 (8 votes)


  • 220 g (1 cup) dosa rice (or any short-grain rice)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) warm water
  • 5 g dry yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 185 g (1 cup) cooked short-grain rice
  • ½ cup frozen shredded coconut, thawed
  • salt, to taste

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


This recipe needs to be started one day in advance.

  1. Wash the dosa rice a couple of times until the water runs clear, then place in a bowl with 500 ml (2 cups) cold water and stand for 4-5 hours. Drain.
  2. Place the warm water, yeast and half the sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Place the yeast mixture, drained soaked dosa rice, cooked rice and coconut in a blender and blitz to form a smooth paste. Pour into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to ferment in a warm place overnight.
  4. Stir the remaining teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt into the fermented mixture. The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter. If it is too thick, add a splash of water.
  5. Heat an appam wok over medium-high heat until a small drop of water sizzles on it. You could use a non-stick frying pan or wok, however, the size will be different to a traditional appam. Add a ladle of batter to the appam wok and gently tilt it around the edges, following the shape of the pan. Cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes or until the appam is cooked - the middle will be soft and set and the edges will begin to brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. Perfect served with vegetable ishtu.


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Photography by Andrew Dorn.