Sunny Side Up

palappam, sunny sideΒ up
a spot of springtime in February~ palappam ~ sunny side up
served on a canary-yellow twisted optic plate by Imperial Glass, circa 1927

The photo above is my entry for Click ~ Flour over at Jugalbandi,
home of multi-talented and sweet souls Bee and Jai.


It’s been a lonnnnnng winter.

Today the thermometer stretched its weary wings and nearly touched 60F.

And the skies opened.

No time to feel dreary due to rain, thanks to holidays from work and school. Instead, there was time to play at whatever we chose. For me of course, it was in the kitchen. Yes, this warm spring-like day was a welcome respite, however brief, however soggy; a happy reminder of more good things to come in the spring sunshine. The sun even made an appearance while I was taking pics — surely a good omen πŸ˜‰

sunny-side palappam,Β reversed
the flip side

Long ago while blog-hopping, I came across a plate of beautiful palappams at Memories and Meals. In her post, Nav told of the sun making a long-awaited appearance, inspiring her to hop up and make the soft cakes.
Then she asked “Do you want to make them too”?.

“Of course I want to make them! But I hardly dare…” I said.

Nav replied so kindly, encouraging me. And oh, how I wanted to make them! Somehow I could never get up the courage to attempt it. I always remembered her kind words, and every so often I went back to gaze at the beautiful palappams — wishing I didn’t feel so intimidated by a bowl full of ground rice and coconut.

Oh, I had all the excuses. I didn’t have a mixie to grind rice. I didn’t have a chatti. Blah, blah. Let’s face it — I was a palappam dropout before I began! I got so worked up about it, I couldn’t bring myself to try. It seemed the fluffy snow-white palappams were destined to remain a delicacy untasted.

Now, year and a half later, I am not so timid (read: I have learned to actually *follow* a recipe, at least the first time!). I have a new mixie.
A few weeks ago I found a bag of roasted rice flour from Kerala, and an ‘appam chatti’ — a small, deep, non-stick frying pan I spotted at Home Goods. The rice flour saved me tackling the soaking and grinding that I tend to fear (not having made a decent dosa yet, when beginning from scratch like that!).

Having the flour on hand, I followed Gini’s super-easy palappam recipe. The only change I made was to use ‘lite’ coconut milk. I don’t have basis for comparison, but the batter rose like a charm.

I was so excited!

The ‘chatti’ worked perfectly ~ a quick swipe with an oiled paper towel and the palappams literally slid out onto the plate.

Did I mention I was so excited about these!

ta daa ~ a bright day indeed, with palappam!

creamy and rich, perfect with palappams ~ shn’sΒ eshtu

Shn’s eshtu ~ perfect with palappams

To go with the palappams, I made Shn’s creamy-rich potato stew.
Again, I followed her recipe almost to the letter — the only change I made was to add a healthy measure of freshly cracked black pepper just before I turned off the stove. The combination was out-of-this-world fantastic — thanks so much Gini and Shn! And thanks to you dear Nav, wherever you are — I never would have tried palappams without you! πŸ™‚

palappams and eshtu
palappams with eshtu ~ for sunshine on a rainy day




  1. bee said

    kick-ass pic and concept. that would’ve been a soul-satisfying meal. thank you, darling.

    Thank *you*, bee! πŸ™‚

  2. bee said

    btw, check ou the new click form on our site. you need to send only one pic.

    That new form rocks — very handy!

  3. Srivalli said

    Linda..that looks out of the world…such lovely ones… are an inspiration for all who want to learn indian cooking including me…thanks for the treat..

    Thanks so much Srivalli, happy you enjoyed! I get inspired visiting all you dear folks! πŸ™‚

  4. sra said

    Linda, the aapams look perfect! And so do the pix! Really like this post.

    Thanks Sra — so happy you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  5. Uma said

    OK. Now I got it. It looks so yummy! Never heard of it. Is this a Kerala recipe? I have to try this.

    Hi Uma, and thanks! Yes, I believe palappam is a Kerala dish and it is yummy! Hope you try — can’t go wrong with Gini’s recipe πŸ™‚

  6. coffee said

    What a concept!! Lovely pic there Linda! πŸ™‚

    Thank you Coffee! So good to see you out and about again πŸ™‚

  7. Shankari said

    OMG! U rock. I am scared to try aapams

    Shankari, you!? No way. Give them a try! These were actually easy — I think the trick is the pan and the great recipe from Gini πŸ˜‰

  8. Aparna said

    Your palappams and stew look great. These is a favourite breakfast at my home.

    Thanks, Aparna! I loved them — had the combo as a sort of ‘brunch’ on the holiday. Love to see yours sometime! πŸ™‚

  9. Simply lovely. You are an obedient cook I say as u follow the recipes so exactly. The lace like palappam’s were a treat to the eyes and tummy πŸ˜‰

    Oh, it is so difficult for me to adhere to a recipe! But the results are always worth it. I should try that more often! Thanks for your kind words, Nirmala πŸ™‚

  10. sia said

    is there anything u can’t do linda???? i am floored!

    Hop up off the floor, Sia dear… I can’t make awesome round fluffy aloo parathas like yours!!! πŸ™‚

  11. Nupur said

    Like eating lace and sunshine for breakfast. That first photo is incredible, Linda!

    Thank you Nupur! I’m having fun playing with the new cam, and I found a new photo-spot for experimenting. I wish I had thought up that ‘sunshine and lace’ — lovely words! πŸ™‚

  12. sushma said

    Hi Linda,

    Nice photo for the click event. i ate this first in my frnds place who is frm kerala and i fell i love wth it.. lovely recipe this is. thnx for sharing.

    Hi Sushma, and thank you! Do try Gini’s and Shn’s recipes — they were easy and delicious! πŸ™‚

  13. Asha said

    YUMMY! Perfect Aapams Linda. I was right for the first time ever at guessing! I made them with coconut milk too, get them as white as they can get!:))
    Isn’t it great to try these new cuisine, specially when it works perfectly?

    You guessed perfectly, Asha dear! I agree — it’s extra fun when things work well! πŸ™‚

  14. indosungod said

    Linda! you rock! I have not dare to make appams yet, they look awesome and paired with ishtu and the sunny side up egg I tasted spring and sunshine for a minute there. Lovely Lovely.

    Oh, ISG, thank you! If I can make these, surely you can! I’m sitting here longing for spring along with you… time to get out the garden catalogs and order some seeds! πŸ˜‰

  15. Happy Cook said

    Wow the appom looks so good.
    Back at home my mom always did the egg like this on her appom.
    I wll check the link u gavr for making the palapom.
    When ever i tried my hand to make them it has been till now a huge disaster.

    Hi HC, please do try again with Gini’s recipe. I think that and the little frying pan “chatti” are the secret. Honestly it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be — I’m sure you can make a success! πŸ™‚

  16. Miri said

    BEAUTIFUL! you are officially an expert palappam maker then! πŸ™‚

    I got rid of my fears last week and finally tried making appams after a year’s break of disastrous results….and voila it clicked this time! πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Miri! I don’t know about expert but they were easier than I dreamed. Glad you got them to work, too! πŸ™‚

  17. jaya said

    lovely pics ,looks so perfect ..
    hugs and smiles

    Thanks so much for your sweet words, Jaya dear πŸ™‚

  18. Mishmash! said

    Linda….you re unbelievable! Y’day after reading your comment, I was talking to my hubby about ur passion for indian food and now I think he would be speechless, once I show him this post πŸ™‚ yes, this is a deadly combo and some do crack an egg on top of the Palappam , talking about which now I remember that I have a draft for Palappam in my dashboard, without any grinding or fuss πŸ™‚ Way to go, Linda πŸ™‚

    If he’s speechless that’s easier for you to get your thoughts across, yes? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind words Shn. I will look forward to your recipe too! πŸ™‚

  19. Laavanya said

    My these look just perfect Linda.. very well done and one just has to love those non-stick aapam chattis.. i do πŸ™‚
    That with stew couldn’t be better.

    Oh yes, Laavanya, the non-stick pan made all the difference I am sure — that and a great recipe. Shn’s stew made it a perfect meal! Thanks πŸ™‚

  20. Namratha said

    The aapams look perfect and the entry picture is very good.

    Thanks so much, Namratha πŸ™‚

  21. Suganya said

    Amazing pics and recipe, Linda. The kadai does the trick, isn’t it?

    Thanks Suganya — I can’t take credit for the recipes though! And yes, that kadai was the secret, methinks πŸ™‚

  22. giniann said

    Glad the recipe worked out. If you like things a little crispy, you can let the edges get a little more brown. That combo looks so wonderful and mouthwatering. Way to go!!!

    Oh, thanks so much Gini! Your recipe was a breeze, a real keeper. One or two got a little brown but I didn’t put them in the pics. And yes, the brown edges were tasty too πŸ™‚

  23. TBC said

    Appam and stew are a match made in heaven.:-)
    I’ve never tried appams myself. It’s always my husband who makes it when we do have it.
    Your first pic is simply beautiful. I like how Nupur described it too.
    And thanks for introducing me to Nav’s blog.:-)

    Thanks so much TBC. Hey, if your husband has a specialty, more power to him… he can treat you to b’fast πŸ™‚ Glad you liked the pic — I loved Nupur’s description too. And yes, Nav has a great blog πŸ™‚

  24. sagari said

    beautiful pics linda

    Thank you, Sagari! πŸ™‚

  25. Siri said

    Lovely Click entry Linda..:)) and guess it wud take another year n a half for me for perfect palappams. I am bookmarking this post.. it will definitely work as an motivation for me to try these out.. ofcourse an year n a half later. hehhee. and then I will definitely let u know how they came out..:)).. Again, I loved reading ur posts!


    Hi Siri and thank you dear! I’m certain if you use Gini’s recipe, you can’t go wrong! If I can do it, you surely can! Have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

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  27. Nav said

    Dear Linda,

    Wow, I have no words to say. I am so glad I could spark such a thing in you for palappams. Your post just made my day. BTW, your pics look much more professional than mine. Great work dear, I am coming over for dinner πŸ˜‰


    Thanks so much Nav, I surely thought about your palappams for a long time! Come on over anytime πŸ™‚

  28. Vani said

    Hi Linda! Lots of nice posts that I missed while I was away! The pictures are beautiful, as always!
    Trip was FABULOUS! Little M had a blast with all the attention she got from everybody. The vacation was like a dream! Now it’s back to reality and work!
    Hope you are doing well.

    Hi Vani!! Welcome back! I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip — am going straight to your blog now and see if you have any pics/tales πŸ™‚

  29. Sig said

    Wow Linda, perfect appams… The plate is giving me serious cravings now… Beautiful photos too!

    Thank you Sig! They were fun to make after all that useless worry of mine πŸ™‚

  30. Happy Cook said

    Linda i’ve to as in ginis recipe she have written 1 can of coconut milk.
    Here at home i have can from 200 ml and 400 ml.
    How much coconut milk did you use.

    Hi HC, I used 400 ml πŸ™‚

  31. Happy Cook said

    Thankyou for the info. I will try to make them. I had a appom chatti, but as i have not used it for years i guess it is gone bad, will try in a normal pan or small wok.
    Planing to go to London by end of march and if i see a chatti in one of the indian shops will buy one there.

    Hi HC — I hope you have good luck with them! I bought a small but unusually deep frying pan at a discount home store and the shape, combined with non-stick coating, made it foolproof. The palappams practically formed themselves πŸ™‚ Will watch to see what pan you get! πŸ™‚

  32. Eskay said

    hi linda, this enry is amazing.
    have something special for you on my blog πŸ™‚

    Hi Eskay… and thank you! Now I am running to check on your blog πŸ™‚

  33. Anita said

    A little sunshine goes a long way…that’s a pretty piece of writing you have there with eye candy as well.
    Those are beauties you have there. And the combination with ishtu is such a classic. I got the ‘real’ chatti (cast iron! with lid!) a few years ago from down South… πŸ˜€ very proud owner πŸ˜‰ .

    Thanks Anita, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I wish I could go ‘down South’ for a real chatti, too — good for you!! πŸ™‚

  34. Vandana said

    Was blog hopping and came across your paal appams and had to comment! They look so good. I have always tried to soak the rice and make it, but it didnt come out so good, now Ill have to get the flour and try it. My son loves it and calls it bowl dosa!
    Please take a look at my blog too at
    Best Regards

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Vandana! I never had any luck grinding rice, so the flour was a huge help to me — I’m sure you can make the palappams that way! Your son sounds like he has the right idea πŸ™‚ Will peek in at your blog, thanks πŸ™‚

  35. Shyam said

    Linda, hope you’re ok, havent seen a new post from you in a while.

    I’ve tagged you for a meme – only do it if you want to, of course, and if you have the time.

    Take care! πŸ™‚

    Hi Shyam dear, thanks for asking — all’s well, just too crazy around here lately! I’ve been cleaning instead of cooking, most evenings πŸ˜‰ Let me run see the meme! πŸ™‚

  36. InjiPennu said

    Wow ! I am really impressed! You made paalappams. You have graduated πŸ™‚ congrats!

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