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Urad Dal Paddu(Udida Appe)

Paddu(Kannada), appe(Konkani), ponganalu (Telugu), paniyaram(Tamil), unniyappam(Malayalam), is one very popular dish in South India. To make this we require a special paddu tava (Appe Kayli), which looks like following.

Usually we get two kinds of tavas, one of black colour(of cast iron) and other silver color(I guess it is aluminium). In silver one the batter does not stick to tava, so preferably use that. These days we get non stick paddu tava, which looks like following. If using cast iron tava, grease it with oil in the night and use it for making paddu next day. By doing this, paddu does not stick to tava.

Click here for sugarcane juice appe.

1 cup urad dal
2 cups rice
1/2 cup avalakki(poha)

Soak dal and rice in water for about 3-4hrs. Grind with poha(washed in water to make it soft) and salt. Make it to the consistency of dosa batter. Keep overnight for fermentation.
Heat the tava & add little oil. Pour the batter in the tava(mix the batter well before using it). When it is fried from one side, turn & cook on other side. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 30min

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  • roopa September 5, 2006, 11:13 pm

    hi shilpa,are u a kanndiga,just curious to know,bec even we say avalakki.i just hunt for friends who are kanndigas,i feel special .

  • Shilpa September 6, 2006, 6:51 am

    Roopa, I am a Konkani who has grown up in Karnataka. Have studied in Kannada medium school. All my friends were Kannadigas :).

  • Anju September 18, 2006, 11:34 pm

    Sree i love the content of this particular site, its simplicity makes it all the more comfortable and very warm for some reason.
    Something about it that makes you fell at home.Haven’t yet ried anything but wll surely do and get back to you.Thanks for shairing wit us

  • Shireen September 28, 2006, 12:43 am

    apaprt from eating this as breakfast you can make a tasty snacks for younsters by adding a little ginger, fine chopped onions and fine chopped chillies to it.

  • Savitha February 5, 2007, 10:18 pm

    I love this dish, just didnt know the name of the dish
    Does this dish has any other name?
    I want to buy the pan to make this dish, what should I ask for?

  • Shilpa February 5, 2007, 10:41 pm

    These are called Ponganalu in Telugu, Paddu in Kannada. I donno any other language name. Click here for the pan.

    • Renuka October 21, 2013, 11:25 am

      Hi Shilpa

      I am a regular visitor of aayisrecipes.com, and am so glad to have found a collection of Konkani recipes that my mom was not able to pass on to me before she passed away.

      Appe were my favourite Sunday morning breakfast, and I haven’t had them in about 8 years!! I am looking forward to trying them soon.

      The link you had inserted into your comment does not work anymore (not surprising, as it is dated over 6 years ago!). Can you please tell me what the pan was called on the website? I live in the UK and found some puff pancake pans, were you referring to these?

      Thanks a lot for all the effort you put into this website!

    • Shilpa October 22, 2013, 10:03 am

      Thanks for kind words Renuka. Please check this link. I think it is called Aebleskiver pan, not sure if it is available in UK though

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  • Vipul Gandhi May 19, 2007, 6:44 am

    Your aayisrecipe site is wonderful .I am thsankful to you for giving such delicious recipes . Could you send me a recipe for sweet appes as I love to have sweets .

  • Vipul Gandhi May 19, 2007, 6:47 am

    Drea Shilpa ,
    Hi ! Your aayisrecipe site is wonderful and a real tribute to your Aayi ! I have learnt a number of recipes form your posts. I want to try them out whenever i get a chance. Anyway one request to tou could send me a recipe for sweet appes ?

  • Shilpa May 19, 2007, 8:13 am

    Vipul, Thanks for your kind words. I will post sweet appe soon.

  • Vipul Gandhi July 21, 2007, 9:37 am

    I tried your Eggless Date cake with homemade butter as we don’tget good quality vegetable oil in India. It turned out well.Lots of thanks for such easy delicious recipe.
    I have not yet got your response to my request for the recipe of sweet Appe.

  • roopa October 17, 2007, 11:29 pm

    I love this dish. I add some onions, tomato(chopped),kotmir. It will be very delicious.
    I am also a kannadiga and don’t have any friends here. would like to be ur friend.

  • Prachi Pai July 23, 2008, 9:08 am

    Pls advise which poha needs to be used . thin or thic one

    thank you


    Shilpa: Any poha can be used.

  • tejaswini October 5, 2008, 9:25 am

    lovely site. we call this as appe. and the tava we call it appe patra

  • Geetha October 30, 2008, 3:46 am

    thanx a lot shilpa. i was searching recipe for paddu n i got the delecious one from u. Ur site is simply superb, i can always turn on to it for karnataka recipes

  • sarika November 11, 2008, 2:29 am

    To the above batter can add sugar and cardomom powder and can make a sweet dish.

  • mangala January 28, 2009, 9:43 am

    am also kannadiga .. i like this site.. can anybody tell me eggless plum cacke as i dont like choco flavors..

  • shilparamesh October 10, 2009, 2:11 am

    I like this very much…really nice….i use to prepare this atleast weekly once.

  • sarita December 28, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    can this be made without the pan. Like a normal non stick pan used for dosas



    • Shilpa December 30, 2009, 11:58 am

      You can make in normal pan. I don’t think it will be so nice though. When you make in this pan, they get heat from all sides and get crispy.

  • paddu June 28, 2010, 4:37 am

    chala baguntundi

  • Rupa August 29, 2010, 10:44 am

    In marathi it is called Appe,Bonda or Gundpangale. I love it.

  • vijetha September 3, 2010, 5:34 am

    i really liked i was eagle waiting for this recipe thank

  • vijetha September 3, 2010, 5:41 am

    you can add vegetabies like corrot cormandol onioen etc to this

  • Stijn January 30, 2011, 1:16 am

    I just got into indian cooking and I wondered, what is the difference with idli? paddu seems to have the same ingredients

    • Shilpa January 30, 2011, 11:08 am

      Idlis are steamed. paddu is made in the special paddu pan, it gets a crispy outer layer.

  • shweta prabhuverleker March 5, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Hi there, thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. I have been wanting to make this for a long time now, but unfortunately I dont have the paddu pan. I only have a cupcake pan. the shape will certainly defer, but I wanted to know if this can be done in the oven, I knw it sounds crazy but let me know Pls if its an option.

    Thanks a lot..


    • Shilpa March 6, 2013, 7:41 am

      Sorry never tried baking it. I don’t think it will give same results

  • Kavita May 25, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Great recipe everyone at home especially my 3 yr old loved it, he thought he was eating balls :)



  • Dhanitri Pai July 17, 2013, 1:11 am

    Hie Shilpa,

    How are you… Hope you doing great??? I am regular at your site and really love it…

    Planning to make these yummy appe for breakfast.

    So just wanted to know what kind of rice i should i use here… will sona masoor do or should i be using the idli rice only??????

    Awaiting your revert..


    • Shilpa July 17, 2013, 12:11 pm

      I have tried this with both sona masoor and idli/dosa rice. Both come out really well. So use any kind you have.

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