Appam Ahoy!

AppamAppam stew – the name’s an appetiser in itself!
This is a dish I love but have not made at home for a while. The reason : we did not have the right kind of ‘deep’ pan to make the appam (a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is a common food in the South Indian state of Kerala and eaten with stew – vegetarian or non-vegetarian).
However, yesterday, we found the perfect pan to make the appam in – and got the readymade batter for it as well! The rest, as I always say, was easy!Appam1
I followed the usual casual approach making the stew – and slow-cooked it over six hours at extremely low (80C) temperature!
Take a large chicken and clean it thoroughly. Do not make pieces. The whole chicken is the best.
Separately, chop two large zucchini, two large onions, two large potatoes, two large tomatoes and a handful of baby carrots. Also chop a large capsicum. Put everything into the show cooker and add a tablespoon of oil. Add salt, black pepper powder, red chilli flakes, a few green chilli, a little corriander and cumin powder and, for the tang, a finely grated mixture of mint, coriander, basil and lemongrass leaves.
Mix well and “sit” the whole chicken in the centre. Stuff some of the vegetables into the hollow part of the chicken as well.
Start the slow cooker, set it on 80C, and go to sleep, just as the aroma starts filling the house.
Five to six hours later, it’s done!
Make the appam only while serving because appam cold is not the way it should be.
And, of course, the stew can had with rice – or both!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anu Yalo says:

    Very crispy and yummy!!

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    1. Oh, yes! It tastes amazing! Thanks.


  2. Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing. But my wimpy American taste buds would probably die. Just how spicy hot are the green chilis? I’m guessing they could be left out?….And- lemongrass- I’ve seen it in grocery store, it looks a bit worn out and dry these days. Is that okay?

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    1. Ha! Ha!! Of course you can do without the green chilli or use Jalapeno for the flavour. And lemongrass is not edible on its own so one can use just a wee bit and finely chopped. We have plenty of lemongrass in our garden so we use fresh when we want! Welcome to stop by at any time 😉


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