SNC April challenge– Karupatti Appam

Karupatti Appam3

When Shama Nagarajan, our SNC Challenge 6 host for Northern team from Easy2cook recipes, posted ‘Karupatti Appam’ as our challenge for the month of April, one look at the ingredients and I knew I was in trouble. I did not have jaggery the recipe called for. I think the raw rice and the cooked rice was a part of the problem too. Still I tried with a couple of substitutes, and the result was meh! to eww!!!


As a challenge lover and never the one to slink away from getting help, I sent an SOS to the SNC group members. Within minutes, suggestion after suggestion poured in, everyone chipping in to help out. Such a delightful group of bloggers they are! This is why I like to be part of a blogging group, over a period of time, it starts feeling like family.

Divya Pramil from You too can cook indian food started this challenge in October last year, and it is something now all of us look forward to. Every month, one group wins the ‘trophy’ and there is now a very healthy competition. It is getting interesting by the day and as more and bloggers join in the fun, more competitive it gets every month. What I really like about this event is the way Divya has devised the point tally system that decides on the winner or the loser each time. It is innovative where the individuals get appreciated for their participation and content, while the team as a whole gains when the members participate with enthusiasm. It’s fair and very interesting. If the challenges of learning Indian food of different regions interest you, then this is definitely your kind of challenge and you should check out the South vs North Challenge page:)

Guess who won the trophy for the SNC challenge 5?

US!!!!! March trophy was won by the ‘Northern Team’, the team that I belong to. Victory feels delicious.

I also got a personal prize for my recipe of Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani, which I am very proud to note, added some extra points to our score tally 🙂

Please check the recipe for this when you get a chance 😀

Hyderabadi Biriyani

The challenge of making Karupatti Appam was a little more difficult than I expected due to lack of ingredient availability as I mentioned in the beginning of the post. Once the suggestions came in, I tried a couple of different things, and this time it worked. It seems like rice quality, or the jaggery, or even the amount of ‘urad dal’ can make a difference.

Karupatti Appam


The original recipe of Karupatti Appam that was posted by Shama calls for boiled rice, raw rice, jaggery and urad dal. I added some idli rawa in addition to raw rice and replaced jaggery with molasses. I also increased the amount of urad dal from my pervious attempts. I am not sure what worked, only that I am thrilled that it did.

Karupatti Appam


My two main changes:

Idli rawa in in addition to raw rice and some more urad dal. As I use Basmati rice for all my rice cooking purpose, it might have been creating a consistency problem.

paste of soaked rice




Molasses instead of jaggery:





Step by Step:


rice paste

Making Appam


Then eat with relish (not the pickle, but relish as in taking a bite, closing your eyes, and nodding your head in delight).

Karupatti Appam1


You can also:


5.0 from 4 reviews
SNC April challenge– Karupatti Appam
Recipe type: Appetizer/Dessert
Cuisine: Indian (South)
  • Boiled rice - 1 cup
  • Raw rice - 1 cup (I added ½ cup idli rawa)
  • Urad dal - 1 handful (I added ½ cup)
  • Karuppatti - 250 gms (I used Molasses)
  • 1 spoon of oil for each individual Appam
  1. First, combine warm water with palm jaggery to make a syrup .
  2. When cool, filter it through a strainer to remove the impurities.
  3. Take a shortcut and use Molasses which gives very similar flavour without all the hard work.
  4. Soak rice and dal in 4 cups of water. Shama suggested 2 hours, I did overnight (If you can stick to the original recipe, then fermentation is not needed).
  5. Grind the soaked dal and rice into a very smooth batter. The batter should not be thick like a paste, nor runny as milk.
  6. Gradually mix the palm jaggery syrup with the batter, making sure it stays smooth.
  7. Heat a non stick skillet or flat pan. Pour a laddle of the batter in the center. Hold the handle, and rotate it gently, so that the batter spreads out in a circle like an omelette or a dosa.
  8. Spread 1 tsp oil over it. Cover and cook till done.
  9. Roll and serve.
  10. (I fried the other side too on some and served it as sweet omelette, that worked beautifully too).


For a savory twist to the appams, leave out the jaggery, mix some vegetables and spices in the batter and fry it the same way as above.


Also visit Mysore Pak, my recipe for the 1st SNC challenge 🙂

Mysore Pak5

40 comments for “SNC April challenge– Karupatti Appam

  1. April 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    perfect dear…love it

    • April 29, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Thanks Shama!!! I am glad you like them. They turned out delicious!! I love the batter. I tried with cooked rice and raw rice as well, and that batch turned out beautiful too!

      • April 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        Thank you dear…hats off to your efforts!!

        • May 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

          Thank you so much!

  2. April 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Kudos to your efforts,They look fab,love your savory version too.
    Meena recently posted..Mixed Vegetable CurryMy Profile

  3. April 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Congrats on your victory! I have had trouble sourcing jaggery too. That’s a great looking dish and I’m so pleased it all worked out in the end xx
    Hotly Spiced recently posted..Indian at BoambayMy Profile

    • April 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      It’s a pretty popular ingredient, which is why sometimes they are in high demand and fly off the shelves. At times it’s an item grocery stores don’t like to keep. So it’s a hit and a miss. Thanks Charlie!!

  4. April 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Great job! They look fantastic. I’ve never made these before and I need to try making more South Indian food since I love it. I need to venture out a little further than Hyderabad!

    Coffee and Crumpets recently posted..Orange Savarin | Daring Bakers’ April ChallengeMy Profile

    • April 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      And I need to start making more South Indian, period! Thanks Nazneen 🙂

  5. April 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Oh wow, Minnie, even though you had trouble with ingredients, I would love to have one of those 🙂
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Meet Fran FlintMy Profile

    • April 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      It took a bit of a work around, but in the end, I discovered a whole new world of possibilities. I learn everyday, and love it. Thanks Maureen 🙂

  6. April 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    great job Minnie ! your appam looks nice both the Karupatti one and the one with a twist .

    • April 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks so much Tanushree!

  7. April 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Well done Minnie!!!! It has one out so well n nice clicks too..
    Rumana recently posted..Bread Pudding!!!My Profile

    • April 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you so much Rumana!!

  8. April 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Now this is real challenge and u turned out victorious despite so many failed attempts

    so happy for u and for north team we got a real winner in u
    i loved both ur versions there
    i did same
    one i made sweet and one i made savoury
    meena recently posted..Cheese bytes/ cheese cookiesMy Profile

    • April 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      At the end, it turned out to be pretty simple….goes to show lack of experience can make even the most simplest of tasks daunting! Thanks Meena, a ton 🙂

  9. April 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    hmm!! well this Karupatti Appam dish is worth giving a try … looks a little like Rava but cucumber and tomatoes .. I mean … worth a try forsure 🙂 the clicks are so bright.. the food looks amazingly attractive and mouth watering 🙂
    My Say recently posted..Parliament SessionsMy Profile

  10. April 30, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    at last u made it.. great job.. 🙂

  11. April 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Well done! Your perseverance sure paid off, Minnie, and that does sound like a great group of bloggers to be a part of. And your team won! Congratulations!
    ChgoJohn recently posted..Grandpa’s Tuna Salad gets a MakeoverMy Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Thanks John!!

  12. April 30, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Appam looks perfect and inviting.

    Cuisine Delights
    “My Monthly Event – Spotlight: Show Your Best Creation “

    Chandrani recently posted..Paneer PasandaMy Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Thank you Chandrani!

  13. April 30, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Kudos for trying hard to get this right Minnie. Lovely clicks
    Amrita recently posted..Savarin-Yeast in my cake!! Twin Trials for Daring BakersMy Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Thank you Amrita!

  14. April 30, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Nice effort,looks yum..

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Thank you Asia!

  15. April 30, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    It sounds like it was rather complicated with obtaining ingredients but the results look fabulous! And congratulations on winning round 5! 😀

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Thank you Lorraine!

  16. April 30, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Wow Minnie, what an effort 🙂 Hats off to your never give up spirit 🙂 Kudos…. Loved your versions there… Well done and thanks for those lovely words and for posting about the badges too 🙂
    Divya Pramil recently posted..You Too Can Cook Has Got A New HomeMy Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Thank you Divya, I really am enjoying it 🙂

  17. April 30, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Hats off to you Minnie. What a lovely effort. Wonderful and luscious appams. Loved youir savoury version too. Excellent dear!

    today’s post:
    Sanoli Ghosh recently posted..STIR FRIED CARROTSMy Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Many thanks Sonali!

  18. April 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    lovely u have made it nicely very difficult recipe but u have excelled nice job. Nice to know u through snc.

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks Janani!

  19. May 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Hats off to you for not giving up Minnie. You did a wonderful job and your final dish looks tempting!
    Sawsan recently posted..Chocolate avocado mousse (Afternoon tea cookbook review)My Profile

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      It is delicious Sawsan. Thanks for stopping by, it’s always good to see you.

Comments are closed.