Update: The idea of vada and Low-fat is so contradictory and froms a typical oxymoron. But to achieve this recipe I use the Appe (Konkani cooking word) Pan/ Skillet. This is also referred to as “Ponganalu/Paniyaram/Uniyappam“. The pan/skillet is available here.

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I was going through the food pictures I had taken a while ago and realized that I had not yet blogged the recipe for this Instant Appe. It was intended to be a part of the trilogy series, the others be Chana Daal Appe and Dahi Vada Appe.For this Appe I was thinking of a way of making a healthier version of the famous “Rave vade” of Karnataka. The batter is made of Sooji, onion, green chilies and it is deep fried.

Of course, this version is no where close to the original, but nevertheless a healthier version to snack on.  Also as a note of caution these cannot be let out for a long time as they do not maintain their crispness for a long time.



  • 1/2 cup fine Sooji (rava)

  • 1 small onion

  • ½ cup idli rava

  • ½ cup rice flour

  • 2 Tbsps yougurt/cream

  • 3-5 green chillies

  • 1 Tbsp jeera (cumin)

  • ¼ tsp baking soda

  • Coriander leaves

  • Salt, oil

  • Curry leaves

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  • Chop the onions and coriander leaves finely.

  • Mix all the above ingredients except oil into a thick paste. Add little water to thin it out a little.

  • Check for salt and other seasonings. Add more as per taste.

  • Heat the Appe/ Appam pan and add 1 tsp oil into each groove.

  • Make sure that the oil has become hot (not smoking hot). Drop a bit of batter to test and if you hear the sizzling sound, the oil is of the right temperature.

  • Add the prepared sooji batter into each of the grove, so that ¾ of the grove is covered and then cover it with a lid.

  • Reduce the heat a little bit at this time. After a minute or so, open the lid and with a kitchen knife, run it around the edge of the appe, to see if it is browning.

  •  Make sure the appe does not turn dark brown or black in color. The one in the middle is the one that gets dark fast.

  • If some of the appe can be easily displaced from the grove turn it on the other side, add oil and cook until done. Let the remaining appe cook correctly and turn them when done.

  • When turned on the other side, add oil again and reduce the heat even further and there is no need to cover with lid. This side gets done pretty fast.

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