appe / paddu

Appe (paDDu in Kannada) is a very popular south indian breakfast item. The basic ingredient is rice and the proportion of other ingredients varies. I have written my MIL’s recipe here. A special tava is available to make this appe. The best one is the traditional cast-iron thick, black and heavy tava. (the one I have shown in the picture). Care should be taken to grease the tava properly or the paDDus are going to stick to the tava.




  • Rice - 2 cups
  • Urad daal - half cup
  • Channa daal - half cup
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the rice and daals for a couple of hours and grind to a smooth batter (little thicker than dosa batter)
  • Add salt and let the batter stand overnight.
  • In the morning make paDDus out of it. Fry on medium or low flame and use oil generously, otherwise the paDDus will be sticking to the tava.

Serve hot with coconut chutney

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes


You can also add ginger, green chillies and coriander leaves to the batter just before making the paDDus to make it tastier and more colourful.