Appe (South Indian Snack) Recipe

Appe are crisp round savoury balls that are a popular South Indian snack. Made in an appe pan, this is one wonderful twist you can give to your regular idli batter. These make for great snacks, a South Indian specialty.
Appe (South Indian Snack) picture


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In20 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthy++Servings3
Main IngredientInterest Group,


 Idli batter2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Onion1 Small, chopped
 Green chilly2
 Coriander leaves2 Tablespoon, chopped
 Mustard seeds1 Pinch
 Hing1 Pinch
 Salt To Taste
 Oil5 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 314 Calories from Fat 231

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g40.3%

Saturated Fat 3.8 g18.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 286.5 mg11.9%

Total Carbohydrates 19 g6.3%

Dietary Fiber 2.1 g8.5%

Sugars 2.2 g

Protein 3 g5.7%

Vitamin A 15.1% Vitamin C 36.5%

Calcium 1.9% Iron 2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. To the fermened batter, add salt and stir.
2. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, haldi, and hing.
3. Add the finely chopped chilly and onion. Fry till soft.
4. Add this to the batter. Also add coriander leaves and stir weel.
5. Heat the appe (Aebleskiver) pan (shown in image). In each depression, add 3-4 drops of oil.
6. With a small spoon, put the appe batter in each depression.
7. Cover with a lid for 5 minutes.
8. When it has risen and the top looks a bit dry, turn it over and add a few drops more of oil.
9. Let it cook again till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean (2-3 mins.)
10. Serve hot with spicy chutney.



Anonymous says :

i use to make them with semolina and it taste grate.
Posted on: 25 July 2011 - 7:38am

ANTAL says :

We call it kara kuzhi appam.
Posted on: 5 February 2010 - 5:09pm
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tanya3286 says :

is this the same thing as fried idly.. cuz u mentioned idly batter and then frying.. I have heard of appe before.. suggest a good accompanying chutney to go with these.. what will complement it best??
Posted on: 5 October 2009 - 10:37am
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Ganesh Dutta says :

This Appe recipe is wonderful . I think this is the best snack from South Indian Cuisine . With Sambhar and coconut chutney it have a great taste.
Posted on: 16 February 2008 - 1:25pm
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butterbites says :

Some other popular south indian snacks include: - Cabbage Vada - Dahi Vada (Vada in curds) - Medu Vada - Masala Vada - Maize Vada - Mysore Bonda - Potato Bonda - Rava Bonda - Sabudana vada
Posted on: 9 February 2008 - 6:18pm
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syndhu says :

Any refined oil that you normally use is good enough.
Posted on: 29 August 2007 - 3:38am
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shantihhh says :

Oil-just veg oil or gingely? I must make these!
Posted on: 28 August 2007 - 3:24pm