Sunday, June 5, 2011

eliappa -deep fried rice pancakes)

Eliappa is a sweet deep fried rice pancake , appa is usually made for pregnant ladies.I remember the last time I had this was when I was pregnant(almost two years back).I would like to thank my granny for making this again for my blog and passing on her recipe to me and from me to you.
Anyone who has met my granny,knows that she specialises in dishes for pregnant ladies and new mothers,I have tasted each and every dish that she has made when i went through that phase,few I liked,few I did not-from eliappa to manara to methe ganji and many more, and eliappa was my favorite.

The vessel that I have used to serve the eliappa on is actually a very old spoon we got from Mangalore,it was used to serve rice ,a humongous spoon you can say, actually in those days people really ate  that much  rice.

Print this recipe
  • 1 1/2 cup  rice                                         
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds                                                 
  • 1/2 cup  scraped coconut
  • 3 tbsp beaten rice (bajile)
  • 3/4 cup jaggery (or according to taste)
  • pinch salt
  • oil for deep frying

  1. Wash and soak rice and methi (fenugreek seeds)in water for 2 hours.
  2. wash and soak beaten rice in 5 tbsp water for 2 hours.
  3. after 2 hours  put the coconut and beaten rice in the mixer jar and grind to smooth paste.
  4. now add rice and fenugreek seeds into the same jar and grind adding little water to a smooth paste.
  5. Add powdered jaggery  and salt into the mixer jar and grind. Adjust jaggery according to your taste.
  6. The batter should be of dosa batter consistency, transfer to a vessel and let it ferment for 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Heat oil on medium flame and deep fry (as shown in video)

my granny


  1. I live in Qatar. I see a lot of variety where rice is concerned and it can be very confusing. Should I use 'white rice' or basmati rice. You also get parboiled rice, sonna ponni rice etc etc. Will try the recipe soon -thanks

  2. hi anonymous...sorry for the late cannot use basmati rice for eliappa...iam sure you will get dosa rice or idly rice in Qatar..when I was in bahrain ..I got idly rice in Lulu can use try it out and let me know...

  3. Hi Charishma,

    My husband and myself love your recipes. We have tried few of your recipes and they have come out very well.
    I spent my childhood in Karkala and I know your grandmother very well. She used to come home to talk to my grandmother (Vrathangi) often. Convey my regards to her and thanks so much for this blog.


    1. hi Deepthi......I know exactly who you are.I spent my summer vacation in Karkala every year...and I remember going for a walk with my granny...and stopping by your place and vinod auntys place each time...really nice to connect with you and i am glad you liked the keep in touch

  4. Hi, It is nice that you are bringing long lost recipes out in the open. So many people think that Mangalorean recipe is basically neer dosa and chicken curry. I discovered some of my granny's recipes here, which were only passed down orally from one generation to the other. My kids hardly ever eat Mangalorean food, but I crave it! My mother would be so proud of you!


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