Get Fluffy and Funny with Kerala’s Appam Varieties

Appam, the delectable South Indian breakfast staple, has various types to choose from. If you’re in Kerala and wondering which type of appam to indulge in, we’ve got you covered. Here are the different types of appam in Kerala, along with our witty commentary on each:

Palappam – “The Classic Comfort Food”

Ah, palappam, the ever-reliable classic. Its soft, fluffy texture and slightly crispy edges make it like a warm hug in breakfast form. Eat it with coconut chutney, sambar, or any of your favourite curry dishes.

Vellayappam – “The Coconut Water Connoisseur”

If you’re a coconut water lover, you’ll definitely want to try vellayappam. Made with a batter of fermented rice and coconut water, it’s thinner, lighter than palappam and has a slightly sweet taste. Plus, it’s a great way to hydrate while enjoying your breakfast!

Kallappam – “The Alcoholic Appam”

If you like your breakfast with a little buzz, kallappam is the appam for you. Made with toddy, a local alcoholic drink made from coconut palms, it has a thicker centre and crispy edges. But be careful not to overindulge, or you might need a nap after breakfast.

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Idiyappam – “The Noodle-y Option”

Okay, okay, so idiyappam isn’t technically an appam. But it’s still a beloved breakfast option in Kerala. Made from rice flour, water, and salt, it’s formed into thin, noodle-like strands and steamed. It’s typically served with curry or coconut chutney, a great option for those who prefer a lighter breakfast.

Vattayappam – “The Sweet and Steamed Cake”

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, vattayappam is the appam for you. This steamed cake is made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk, and it’s typically sweetened with jaggery or sugar and flavoured with cardamom and cumin. It’s the perfect breakfast option for those wanting something sweet to start their day.

Neeruappam – “The Sweet Little Round One”

Last but not least, there’s neeruappam. Made with fermented rice and jaggery batter, it’s typically small, round, and slightly sweet. It’s perfect for those who want to indulge in a bit of sweetness without going overboard.

Unniappam – “The Temple Blessing”

Usually served as a prasadam in temples, Unniappam is a sweet friend snack we can’t say no to. It is made with rice flour, jaggery, banana, and coconut. It is soft and has a fruity coconut flavour.

So there you have it, the different types of appam in Kerala. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below, and happy breakfasting!

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Rishika Sunit
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