Instant Sweet Appam/Sweet Fried Dumplings

Instant sweet appos

Instant sweet appam is an Indian (to be precise, from south India) fried sweet dumpling made using wheat flour, jaggery(unrefined sugar) and grated coconut, tinged with a flavor of cardamom!!! These are normally made in a special pan called appam pan or an ebilskiver pan.

Instant Sweet wheat appams/appe/paniyarams/fried dumplings are traditionally made by grinding or blending whole wheat grains and making a batter with jaggery; but as the process is long, I prefer to make this delicious sweet, the easy and lazy way; with whole wheat flour instead. They are mostly made during religious festivals and sometimes just as a snack to be served with evening tea or coffee or when guests drop by.

ganapathy sweet appes

Yesterday was Ganesh Chaturthi (a Hindu festival in India to celebrate the birth day of Lord Ganesha, the elephant God!!). It is considered auspicious to make and serve these delectable wheat dumplings to Lord Ganesha on that day to please him as they are considered to be his favorite food!!

This recipe of Instant wheat appam was passed on to me by my mother-in-law. I loved it when she first made it and had immediately noted the recipe in my cookbook and ever since then, this is the only recipe I need to make these soft, porous and fluffy sweet appes.  They come out so good and perfect, I have passed this recipe along to many of my family members all over who now use only this easy method and not the traditional method of using whole wheat grains.

Instant wheat appes

You need only very few ingredients and if you have the pan (my pan was passed on to me from my mother-in-law, so it is well seasoned!!), it takes only 30 minutes to make these!! No grinding or blending!! Addition of nuts gives it a crunch but it is optional.  Just mix the ingredients, heat the pan and fry them using ghee/clarified butter (you can even use just any oil you prefer to make it totally vegan); soft, fluffy sweet appes are ready in no time!!

Step-by-step-method:

  • To make sure the jaggery does not have any impurities, add some water to jaggery in a small saucepan, melt completely and strain to remove any stones, dirt or any other foreign particles.

appo ingredients

  • Take all ingredients for the appe batter in a bowl and mix well.

mix ingredients

  • Add about 1 to 1 ½ cups of water to mix to a smooth thick batter of pouring consistency.

appo batter

 

  • Heat an appe pan/ebilskiver pan on high heat.
  • Once hot, add about ½ to 1 teaspoon of ghee/clarified butter in each mould or cavity.

Heat pan

  • Pour small spoonfuls of batter into each cavity till three-fourths full.

batter in pan

  • Lower the heat to medium low and cook covered, till the bottom of the batter is cooked and brown.
  • Slowly, flip each of the appes and cook the other side.
  • If you want, you can add some more ghee again.

fried other side of appo

  • Close and cook again till it is fully cooked and golden brown (test with toothpick; if it comes out clean without any wet batter sticking, it is done). Remove from pan.
  • The same procedure should be followed for the rest of the batter.

appos in bowl

  • Serve hot along with evening tea or coffee.
Instant Wheat Appe/Appam/Paniyaram/Fried Sweet Dumplings
Yields 30
Instant Wheat appes are soft, fluffy sweet fried Indian dumplings; made with whole wheat flour, jaggery (unrefined sugar), coconut and cardamom powder.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
75 calories
15 g
1 g
1 g
1 g
1 g
19 g
22 g
8 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Yields
30
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 22mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups wheat flour
  2. ½ cup to ¾ cup grated coconut
  3. 1 cup grated jaggery/unrefined Indian sugar/brown sugar
  4. ¼ cup chopped cashew nuts
  5. 8 to 10 green cardamoms, powdered
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  8. Ghee/clarified butter for frying
Instructions
  1. To make sure the jaggery does not have any impurities, add some water to jaggery in a small saucepan, melt completely and strain to remove any stones, dirt or any other foreign particles.
  2. Take all ingredients for the appe batter in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add about 1 to 1 ½ cups of water to mix to a smooth thick batter of pouring consistency.
  4. Heat an appe pan/ebilskiver pan on high heat.
  5. Once hot, add about ½ to 1 teaspoon of ghee/clarified butter in each mould or cavity.
  6. Pour small ladlefuls of batter into each cavity till three-fourths full.
  7. Lower the heat to medium low and cook covered, till the bottom of the batter is cooked and brown.
  8. Slowly, flip each of the appes and cook the other side.
  9. If you want, you can add some more ghee again.
  10. Close and cook again till it is fully cooked and golden brown (test with toothpick; if it comes out clean without any wet batter sticking, it is done). Remove from pan.
  11. The same procedure should be followed for the rest of the batter.
  12. Serve hot along with evening tea or coffee.
Notes
  1. The amount of jaggery used is according to your taste. The amount I have used makes appes which are just right in sweetness for me. If you want to make them more sweeter, feel free to add more jaggery.
  2. You can substitute jaggery with sugar. But the flavor will be different.
  3. It is preferable to fry in ghee to get the best flavor, but you can use any oil you prefer.
  4. Make sure to fry on medium low; because of jaggery, frying on high heat will burn the dumplings on the outside and the inside will not get cooked.
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calories
75
fat
1g
protein
1g
carbs
15g
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